Library and Archives Seeks Tennessee-Related Civil War Items

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Tennessee State Library and Archives continues the successful Looking Back at the Civil War project in 2013. The events provide a rare opportunity for all Tennesseans with Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs to have their items digitally preserved free of charge.

As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a team of professional archivists, curators and conservators from TSLA will once again be traveling across the state to digitize privately-owned Civil War records. To date, the Looking Back project has been held in 52 Tennessee counties and has documented more than 4,500 distinct items.

The goal of the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee project is to digitize records and artifacts from all 95 counties in Tennessee and promote public interest in Tennessee’s Civil War history. The files are maintained by TSLA and will become part of a virtual archive to be used by the general public as well as K-12 teachers and students.

Event dates:

Feb. 21, 2013 - 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, 100 Frank Clement Place, Dickson, TN 37055

March 26, 2013 - 3:30-7:30 p.m. - Hamblen Public Library, 417 West Main Street, Morristown, TN 37814

March 27, 2013 - 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Jefferson County Courthouse, Dandridge, TN 37725

April 17, 2013 - 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - Warren County Administration Building, 401 Locust Street, McMinnville, TN 37110

June 6, 2013 – 3-7 p.m. – Somerville-Fayette County Public Library, 216 W. Market Street, Somerville, TN 38068

June 7, 2013 – 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Bolivar City Hall, 211 N. Washington Street, Bolivar, TN 38008

July 11, 2013 – 3-7 p.m. and July 12 - 9 am – Noon - Johnsonville State Historic Park, 90 Nell Beard Road, New Johnsonville, TN 37134

Aug. 15, 2013 – 3– 7 p.m. and Aug. 16 – 9a.m. – Noon East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901

Oct. 9, 2013 – 1-5p.m. and Oct. 10 – 9a.m. - 1p.m. - Chattanooga Convention Center, Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

Many of the digital records are featured in an online exhibit titled Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee. Those interested in participating should refer to the schedule and call 615- 253-3470 or email to schedule a reservation.

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