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History: Tennessee History

Find information sources for use in history assignments or to learn more about a history topic.

Discover more Tennessee history with these resources

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases can be used by students and faculty in any subject area. They contain information on a wide variety of topics! 

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Find books in the library

Thigpen Library has a collection of Tennessee history books available in print. Some books are not available for checkout and you are required use them in the library.

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Browse the shelves

Thigpen Library organizes the books on its shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification system. Find Tennessee state and local history books in the F431–F445 section.

Websites: Tennessee history

These websites, hosted by reputable organizations, are arranged alphabetically and link you to digital collections and online resources.

Tennessee history journals

Articles on Tennessee history may be found in other scholarly journals, but these three journals focus exclusively on Tennessee history. Learn what is available online and in print at Thigpen Library for each journal.

Tennessee Historical Quarterly

Print collection begins with the first issue, but is missing a few issues.

Online access is available in JSTOR.

The Journal of East Tennessee History

Print collection is limited to 1996-2005

Online access is limited to a few articles from the Teach Tennessee History website

West Tennessee Historical Society (WTHS) Papers

Print collection starts with 1994

Online access is limited to the content as described in the links to the WTHS website and Shelby County Register of Deeds site.

Tennessee newspapers

This list of online resources includes subscription databases, digital collections, and general information on Tennessee newspapers.

Web sites: Tennessee state government

Here are a few websites from Tennessee state government offices that are relevant to studying Tennessee history.