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Images and Microfilm Digitization

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is home to hundreds of thousands of photographs and images as well as to a vast microfilm collection of county records, newspapers, and manuscripts. These collections depict the rich and diverse history of Tennessee. Most images and microfilm rolls housed at TSLA are available for purchase in print or electronic form unless copyright or reproduction issues are involved. Keep reading for information on finding and ordering print and digital images as well as TSLA's microfilm digitization services.

For reference inquiries, research questions or help finding images and microfilm within collections at TSLA, please contact Public Services at reference.tsla@tn.gov or call 615-741-2764.

For questions about ordering, contact the Digital Work Group at PhotoOrders.tsla@tn.gov or 615-741-1892.

Resources for finding images at TSLA

  • Photograph and Image Search Database -- A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  • Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) -- A database of electronic versions of the state’s rich collections of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials.
  • TSLA Online Exhibits -- Electronic versions of physical exhibits that are produced in-house and are exhibited in the TSLA lobby.
  • Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee -- Scans of Civil War era manuscripts, artifacts and photographs, collected from communities across Tennessee by TSLA archivists and conservators. For more information on the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee program, click here.

Ordering Images

  • Download and complete the following forms as needed after referring to the Imaging Services Fee Schedule:
  • To submit orders, do one of the following:
    • Mail the completed order form to Attention: Public Services, Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403, 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37243.
    • Print and complete the order form (including the signature on page two) as above but then scan and email it to: PhotoOrders.tsla@tn.gov.
  • Delivery Options
    • Prints
      • Traditional Postal Delivery required - $5.00 per order
    • Digital Images
      • Digital Delivery (default method) via YouSendIt - Free
      • Traditional Postal Delivery via CD - $6.00 ($5.00 per order plus $1.00 for the CD)
      • Pick-up at TSLA - $1.00 for the CD
  • Payment must be made in advance of fulfilling each order. We take the following methods of payment: Cash (in person only), Check, and Credit Card. DO NOT send cash or credit card information via traditional mail or email as we cannot guarantee the security of electronic communications. TSLA staff will contact you for your credit card information upon assessing that your order can be filled. Please make checks payable to Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Resources for finding microfilm at TSLA

  • Newspapers on microfilm at TSLA -- Listing of TSLA's vast collection of newspaper microfilm that includes almost every existent newspaper published in Tennessee from 1957 to the present.
  • Index to County Microfilm Reels -- Inventory listing of Tennessee county records available on microfilm.
  • Guide to Manuscript Materials on Microfilm -- Guide reflecting TSLA's manuscript collections including an extraordinary variety of church, school, business, organizational, military, diplomatic, personal and photographic collections, ranging in size from one or two volumes to several thousand items.

Microfilm Digitization

  • Download and complete the Microfilm Digitization Order Form. Make sure to include the microfilm roll number, county and other pertinent information.
  • Mail orders to Attention: Public Services, Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403, 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37243.
  • Cost is $75.00 per roll digitized plus postage and the CD/DVD fee as detailed below.
  • Delivery Options
    • Traditional Postal Delivery via CD/DVD - $6.00 ($5.00 per order plus $1.00 for the CD)
    • Pick-up at TSLA - $1.00 for the CD/DVD
  • Payment must be made in advance of fulfilling each order. We take the following methods of payment: Cash (in person only), Check, and Credit Card. DO NOT send cash or credit card information via traditional mail or email as we cannot guarantee the security of electronic communications. TSLA staff will contact you for your credit card information upon assessing that your order can be filled. Please make checks payable to Tennessee State Library and Archives.

For information on ordering microfilm copies from TSLA's microfilm collection, navigate here and under Preservation Services Forms at the bottom of the page here.

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Updated March 13, 2012