A Paradise for Tennessee Researchers

…is on the way!  The University of Tennessee and  the Tennessee State Library & Archives have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers for inclusion in the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America newspaper portal.

The goal of the project is to digitize 100,000 pages from 1836-1922 with representation from all three of the state’s grand divisions.  Last week, we, the members of the Advisory Board, received an update on titles that have been digitized and sent to the Library of Congress for quality review.  The first 4,000 pages are coming online soon so keep an eye out!

These are the papers that will be added arranged by county, along with the years to be digitized:

  • Bradley County — Weekly Herald (1876-1879)
  • Davidson County — Daily Nashville Patriot (1855-1861), Nashville Union & American (1853-1875)
  • Franklin County — Home Journal (1857-1880)
  • Giles County — Pulaski Citizen (1866-1880)
  • Gibson County — Milan Exchange (1874-1882)
  • Greene County — Union & American (1875-1877)
  • Hardeman County — Bolivar Bulletin (1865-1881)
  • Hamilton County – Chattanooga Daily Rebel (1862-1864), Daily Republican (1867-1869)
  • Knox County — Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig (1855-1869), Knoxville Weekly Chronicle (1870-1875)
  • Lincoln County – Fayetteville Observer (1850-1877)
  • Loudon County — Loudon Free Press (1852-1855)
  • Madison County – Whig & Tribune (1871-1876)
  • Maury County — Columbia Herald (1869-1873)
  • McMinn County — Athens Post (1857-1882)
  • Monroe County — Sweetwater Enterprise (1869-1871)
  • Montgomery County — Clarksville Weekly Chronicle (1855-1874)
  • Shelby County — Memphis Daily Appeal (1857-1876),  Public Ledger (1866-1883)
  • Sullivan County — Bristol News (1869-1882)
  • Washington County — Herald & Tribune (1871-1875)
Given title changes there may be slight alterations, and years may not always be entirely sequential, but still – this will be an incredible collection when all is said and done.  Stay tuned for more news as it develops!

5 thoughts on “A Paradise for Tennessee Researchers

  1. Taneya: Thank you as always for sharing your finds to help us in our research and searches. Also, thank you for your tips on using available technologies for online research–the information and tips you share are especially helpful to technophobes like me! The time and effort you put forth in your research is very much admired and surely appreciated by the ancestors.

  2. You are quite welcome! I’m glad the information is helpful. I love newspapers so the more that go online, the better! :-)

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