Digital Library of Tennessee offers a new way to search and discover

By DPLA, July 29, 2019.

We are thrilled to announce Digital Library of Tennessee’s new search and discovery interface providing a single point of access for Tennessee’s digital materials. The Digital Library of Tennessee provides access to rare and unique primary sources housed in libraries, archives, and museums from the “Volunteer State.”  Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) is a DPLA Service Hub governed by Tenn-Share with support from the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State Library and Archives.

“We are excited to present the only state-wide portal for digital resources in Tennessee,” said the team behind DLTN. “Digital Library of Tennessee enables local libraries, archives, and museums from across the state to share Tennessee’s rich cultural heritage resources with a world-wide audience. We thank DPLA for their support in making this collaborative resource-sharing effort possible.”

John Bracken, executive director of Digital Public Libraries of America added “We’re eager to provide this window into the cultural riches of the Volunteer State. We look forward to sharing this service with more states in the coming months.”

The DPLA Tennessee site has some incredible connections. Explore highlights from archives across the state below or start searching today!  

  • Winning the Right to Vote
    Explore Tennessee’s pivotal role in the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote. 
  • Mapping Tennessee History
    Examine historical maps with a wide range of themes: travel, agriculture, business, geology, the Civil War.
  • Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee
    View photos that document school integration, the sanitation workers strike, and key leaders in the movement.
  • Tennessee in the Great War
    Check out the Volunteer State’s contributions to the United States’ World War I efforts.
  • Vintage Postcards
    Take a stroll down memory lane by scrolling through postcards from repositories around the state.
  • Hank Williams
    Listen to more than 100 performances in the collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To learn more about Digital Library of Tennessee, visit