State Archivists To Visit Chattanooga In Search Of Civil War Memorabilia

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Chattanooga on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee." This event will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event, "Occupation and Liberation."

Archivists will be at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Two Carter Plaza in Chattanooga, on Oct. 9, from 1-5 p.m. and Oct. 10, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit, located online at The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

Individuals may call 615 741-1883 or e-mail to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives’ section of the Office of the Secretary of State web site at

"This is an important project for the Tennessee State Library and Archives," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The Civil War was a major event in our state’s history, so we need to take appropriate steps to make sure these treasures are properly preserved for future generations."

Attendees at the event will receive copies of the digital photographs and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia.

Archivists plan to visit as many of Tennessee’s 95 counties as possible in search of material for the exhibit, which commemorates the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.

In addition to the "Looking Back" project, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will present an exhibit at the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event featuring original items from its collections related to the Battle of Chattanooga and the Battle of Chickamauga. Kelly Wilkerson, education outreach coordinator for the State Library and Archives, will also hold a session of the Teaching with Primary Sources Across Tennessee program for K-12 teachers.

Secretary Hargett is also one of the featured speakers at the Signature Event.

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