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Explore Tennessee’s Past through its Newspapers

NashvilleUnionThe Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP), a partnership between the UT Libraries and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has received a second grant to digitize another 100,000 pages of microfilmed historic Tennessee newspapers.

The TNDP is like a time machine to Tennessee’s past, allowing students, teachers, genealogists, and history buffs to consult the primary sources — the newspapers that reported the news as it happened.

A statewide panel of historians, genealogists, educators, librarians, and journalism scholars selected the newspapers that are being digitized and made freely available on the web. The selection covers the broadest scope possible, encompassing the state’s three Grand Divisions, featuring Confederate and Union papers, and representing diverse political perspectives. Selected newspapers were published between 1836 and 1922.

The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of all US newspapers with descriptive information, and select digitization of historic pages. The project was made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

This rich digital resource is developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress, and is made freely available to the public through the Chronicling America website, The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project has already contributed more than 84,000 pages to Chronicling America.


Delve into your history and help us make the historical record more accurate! View the collection of Tennessee newspapers at, and register to correct text that the optical character recognition (OCR) process is unable to accurately identify. This will help improve the accuracy of search results.

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