Tennessee State Library and Archives
We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is a great resource for educators and students seeking primary sources for use in the classroom. With extensive holdings in Tennessee, Southern, and regional history, TSLA is also the official repository for the permanent records of the State of Tennessee.
Primary sources such as newspaper records, historic photographs, letters, diaries, maps, political cartoons, broadsides, census records, Governors’ papers, and more that tell the story of Tennesseans and our role in the greater story of American history are available to the public at TSLA. Educators and students are welcome to utilize our website or visit us in person to access these primary source materials.
A core mission of TSLA has been to provide materials for all Tennesseans, including teachers and students. We are pleased to introduce our holdings to a new audience of educators and students. To sign up for our e-newsletter, click here.
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SOS Blue Book Curriculum Task Force
The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is accepting applications from licensed, classroom teachers who are interested in serving on our SOS Blue Book Curriculum Task Force.
This task force, consisting of six teachers, will work with the Secretary of State coordinator of civic engagement and the Tennessee State Library and Archives education outreach coordinator to develop lesson plans and curriculum based off the Tennessee Blue Book, a resource for information on state government and civics. These materials must correspond with Tennessee's new social studies curriculum and information available in the Tennessee Blue Book. The group will also advise staff on other civics initiatives and teaching government and civics in the classroom.
Successful applicants will receive a total of $500 for successful completion of the project, mileage reimbursement for travel to Nashville, and meals and lodging.
To learn more about this initiative, click below to view the following documents. The deadline for application is Friday, January 23rd.