Core List of Tennessee Books Suggested for Public Libraries
Abernethy, Thomas P. From frontier to plantation in Tennessee: a study in frontier democracy. Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 1932 (reprinted 1979 by Greenwood).
Alderman, Pat. Overmountain men: early Tennessee history, 1760-1795... Privately printed, 1958 (reprinted 1970 & 1986 by Overmountain Press).
Alderson, William T. & Robert M. McBride. Landmarks of Tennessee history. Nashville, THS, 1965.
Alexander, Lamar. The Tennesseans: a people and their land. Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 1981.
Allen, Ronald R. Tennessee imprints, 1791-1875. Knoxville, R.R. Allen, 1987.
Allison, John. Dropped stitches in Tennessee history. Nashville, Marshall & Bruce, 1897 (reprinted 1992 by Overmountain Press).
Bamman, Gale. Research in Tennessee. Arlington, VA, National Genealogical Society, 1993.
Beck, Ken. Terrific Tennessee. Nashville, Premium Press America, 1996.
Bergeron, Paul H. Paths of the past: Tennessee 1770-1970. Knoxville, UT Press, 1979.
Bergeron, Paul H., Stephen V. Ash & Jeanette Keith Ash. Tennesseans and their history. Knoxville, UT Press, 1999.
Bond, Octavia L. Old tales retold; or, perils and adventures of Tennessee pioneers. Nashville, Smith & Lamar, 1906 (reprinted 1973 by Charles & Randy Elder Booksellers).
Breazeale, J. W. Life as it is; or, matters & things in general... Knoxville, James Williams, 1842 (reprinted 1969 by Charles & Randy Elder Booksellers).
Burt, Jesse. Indians of the southeast: then & now. Nashville, Abingdon Press, 1973.
Caldwell, Mary F. Tennessee: the dangerous example, Watauga to 1849. Nashville, Aurora Pub., Inc., 1974.
Caldwell, Mary F. Tennessee: the volunteer state. Chicago, Richtext Press, 1968.
Calendar of the Tennessee and Kings Mountain papers of the Draper Collection of manuscripts. Madison, Wisconsin Historical Society, 1929.
Cannon, Deveraux D. Flags of Tennessee. Gretna, LA, Pelican Pub. Co., 1990.
Carter, Clarence E., ed. Territory South of the River Ohio, 1790-1796. (Territorial papers of the US, v.4). Washington, GPO, 1936.
Connelly, Thomas L. Civil War Tennessee: battles & leaders. Knoxville, UT Press, 1979.
Corlew, Robert. Statehood for Tennessee. Nashville, TN American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1796.
Corlew, Robert. Tennessee: a short history (2d ed.) Knoxville, UT Press, 1990.
Cornwell, Ilene J. Biographical directory of the Tennessee General Assembly (6 vols.) Nashville, THC.
Couch, Ernie. Tennessee trivia. Nashville, Rutledge Hill Press, 1985 (reprinted 1991).
Crane, Sophie & Paul Crane. Tennessee taproots. Old Hickory, TN, Earle- Shields Pub., 1976.
Crane, Sophie & Paul Crane. Tennessee's troubled roots. Old Hickory, TN, Earle-Shields Pub., 1979.
Crawford, Charles W. Dynamic Tennessee, land, history and government. Austin, Steck-Vaughn, 1990.
Crutchfield, James. Tennesseans at war: volunteers and patriots in defense of liberty. Nashville, Rutledge Hill Press, 1987.
Crutchfield, James. The Tennessee almanac and book of facts. Nashville, Rutledge Hill Press, 1990.
Crutchfield, James. Timeless Tennesseans. Tomball, TX, Strode Publishers, 1984.
Davidson, Donald. The Tennessee (v.1, The old river, frontier to secession; v.2, the new river, Civil War to TVA). Knoxville, UT Press, 1946-1948 (reprinted 1991 by J.S. Sanders) .
Davis, Louise L. Frontier tales of Tennessee. Gretna, LA, Pelican Pub.Co., 1976.
Dickinson, W. Calvin & Eloise R. Hitchcock. A bibliography of Tennessee history, 1973-1996. Knoxville, UT Press, 1999.
Draper, Lyman C. Kings Mountain and its heroes... Cincinnati, P.G. Thomson, 1881 (reprinted 1983 by Genealogical Pub. Co.).
Durham, Walter T. Before Tennessee: the Southwest Territory, 1790-1796. Piney Flats, TN, Rocky Mount Hist. Assoc., 1990.
Dykeman, Wilma. The French Broad. New York, Rinehart, 1955 (reprinted 1985 by UT Press, 1985).
Dykeman, Wilma. Tennessee: a history. Newport, TN, Wakestone Books, 1984. (reprinted 1993).
Dykeman, Wilma. Tennessee woman: an infinite variety. Newport, TN, Wakestone Books, 1993.
Egerton, John. Visions of Utopia: Nashoba, Rugby, Ruskin and the "new communities" in Tennessee's past. Knoxville, UT Press, 1977.
Ewing, James. It happened in Tennessee. Nashville, Rutledge Hill Press, 1986.
Federal Writers Project. Tennessee: a guide to the state. New York, Viking, 1939 (reprinted 1986 by UT Press).
First families of Tennessee: a register of early settlers and their present-day descendants. East Tennessee Historical Society, 2000.
Fitch, John. Annals of the Army of the Cumberland... Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1863.
Foster, Austin P. Counties of Tennessee. Nashville, TN Dept. of Education, 1903 (reprinted 1990 by Southern Historical Press).
Frazier, D.R. Tennessee postoffices and postmaster appointments, 1789-1984. Dover, Dr. R. Frazier, 1984.
Fullerton, Ralph. Place names of Tennessee. Nashville, TN Div. of Geology, 1978 (reprinted 1994).
Goehring, Eleanor. Tennessee folk culture: an annotated bibliography. Knoxville, UT Press, 1982 (reprinted 199? by Books on Demand).
Goodspeed's general history of Tennessee. Nashville, Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1887 (reprinted 1972 by Charles & Randy Elder Booksellers).
Greene, Lee S. Government in Tennessee (4th ed.) Knoxville, UT Press, 1982.
Guild, Josephus C. Old times in Tennessee, with historical, personal & political scraps and sketches. Nashville, Tavel, Eastman & Howell, 1878 (reprinted 1971 by Tenase).
Gunn, Richard M. "Pek." Keep on laughin'; it's good for what ails you: nostalgic humor in verse and short story. Nashville, Pek Gunn Productions, Inc., 1975.
Haley, Alex. Roots. New York, Doubleday, 1976 (reprinted 1993 by Buccaneer Books).
Haywood, John. Civil and political history of the state of Tennessee. Heiskell & Brown, 1823 (reprinted 1971 by Arno Press).
Haywood, John. Natural and aboriginal history of Tennessee, up to the first settlement therein by the white people, in the year 1768. Nashville, G. Wilson, 1823 (reprinted 1973 by F. M. Hill Books).
Horn, Stanley F. The Army of Tennessee: a military history. Indianapolis, Bobbs Merrill, 1941 (reprinted 1993 by University of Oklahoma Press).
Johnson, Mayme H. A treasury of Tennessee churches. Brentwood, J. M. Productions, 1986.
Jones, Billy M. Heroes of Tennessee. MSU, 1979.
Journey to our past: a guide to African-American markers in Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee Historical Commission, 2000.
Keeping Tennessee’s heritage: a self-evaluation guide for keepers of historical documents and public records. Nashville, Tennessee State Library and Archives, 1999.
Killebrew, Joseph B. Introduction to the resources of Tennessee. Tavel, Eastman & Howell, 1874 (reprinted 1974 by the Reprint Co.).
Klebenow, Anne. 200 years through 200 stories: a Tennessee bicentennial collection. Knoxville, UT Press, 1996.
Lamon, Lester C. Blacks in Tennessee, 1791-1970. Knoxville, UT Press, 1981.
Laska, Lewis. Tennessee state constitution: a reference guide. Westport, CT, Greenwood Pub., 1990.
Lewis, Thomas M. Tribes that slumber: Indian tribes in the Tennessee region. Knoxville, UT Press, 1958-1970.
Lindsley, John B. Military annals of Tennessee, Confederate... Nashville, J. M. Lindsley, 1886 (reprinted 1974 by the Reprint Co.).
Luther, Edward T. Our restless earth; the geologic regions of Tennessee. Knoxville, UT Press, 1977.
McBride, Robert M., ed. More landmarks of Tennessee history. Nashville, THC, 1969.
McCormack, Edward M. Slavery on the Tennessee frontier. Nashville, TN American Rev. Bicentennial Comm., 1977.
Mansfield, Stephen. Faithful volunteers: the history of religion in Tennessee. Nashville, Cumberland House, 1997.
Miles, Emma Bell. The spirit of the mountains. New York, J. Pott, 1905 (reprinted 1975 by UT Press).
Miller, Charles S. Official and political manual of Tennessee. Nashville, Marshall & Bruce, 1890 (reprinted 1974 by the Reprint Co.).
Mooney, James. Myths of the Cherokee. US GPO, 1902 (reprinted 1972 by Charles Elder Booksellers).
Moore, John T. Tennessee Civil War questionnaires (5 vols.). Easley, SC, Southern Hist. Press, 1985.
Moore, Mary D. History of homes and gardens of Tennessee. Nashville, Parthenon Press, 1936 (reprinted 1974).
Morris, Eastin. The Tennessee gazetteer... Nashville, W. H. Hunt, 1834 (reprinted 1971 by Gazetteer Press).
Murfree, Mary N. In the Tennessee mountains. New York, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1884 (reprinted 1970 by UT Press).
Myer, William E. Indian trails of the southeast. Nashville, Blue & Gray Press, 1971.
Norton, Herman A. Religion in Tennessee, 1777-1945. Knoxville, UT Press, 1981.
Paschall, Douglas. Homewords: a book of Tennessee writers. Knoxville, UT Press, 1986.
Patrick, James. Architecture in Tennessee 1768-1897. Knoxville, UT Press, 1981 (reprinted 1990).
Phillips, Margaret I. Governors of Tennessee. Gretna, LA, Pelican Pub. Co., 1978.
Porter, James D. Tennessee: Confederate military history. Atlanta, Confederate Pub. Co., 1899 (vol. 8 of Confederate military history; reprinted 1976 by Blue & Gray Press).
Ramsey, J. G. M. Annals of Tennessee to the end of the l8th century... J. Russell, 1853 (reprinted 1971 by Arno Press).
Ray, Worth S. Tennessee cousins: a history of Tennessee people. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1950 (reprinted 1989).
Sames, James W. Four steps west: a documentary... Privately printed, 1971. (reprinted 1992 by KY & TN Associations of Professional Surveyors).
Satz, Ronald N. Tennessee's Indian peoples: from white contact to removal, 1540-1840. Knoxville, UT Press, 1979.
Schweitzer, George K. Tennessee genealogical research. Knoxville, G.K. Schweitzer, 1986.
Scott, Evelyn. Background in Tennessee. New York, R. M. McBride & Co., 1937 (reprinted 1980 by UT Press).
Siler, Tom. Tennessee towns: from Adams to Yorkville. Knoxville, ETHS, 1985.
Simbeck, Rob. Tennessee state symbols. Nashville, Altheus Press, 1995.
Smith, Sam B. Tennessee history: a bibliography. Knoxville, UT Press, 1974. (reprinted 199? by Books on Demand.)
Smith, Samuel D. A bibliographic history of historical archaeology in Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee Division of Archaeology, 1996.
Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and their legends and folklore. Oklahoma City, Warden, 1921 (reprinted by Kraus Reprint Co., 1991).
Street, James. Struggle for Tennessee: Tupelo to Stones River. Columbus, OH, Time/Life, Inc., 1985.
Sulzer, Elmer Griffith. Ghost railroads of Tennessee. Indiana University Press, 1998.
Tennesseans in the Civil War: a military history of Confederate & Union RR Regiments with available rosters of personnel. (2 vols.) Nashville, TN Civil War Centennial Comm., 1964 (reprinted 1981 by UT Press).
Tennessee atlas and gazetteer (2d ed). Freeport, ME, DeLorme Mapping Co., 1992.
Tennessee blue book. Nashville, Tennessee Dept. of State (annual).
Tennessee Civil War Centennial Commission. Guide to the Civil War in Tennessee. TN Civil War Centennial Comm., 1960 (3rd rev. ed., 1977).
Tennessee county maps. Freeport, ME, DeLorme Mapping Co., 1992.
The Tennessee encyclopedia of history & culture. Ed. by Carroll Van West. Nashville, Rutledge Hill Press, 1998.
Tennessee history: the land, the people, and the culture. Ed. by Carroll Van West. Knoxville, UT Press, 1998.
Tennessee old and new. Sesquicentennial edition, 1796-1946 (2 vols). Nashville, THC & THS, 1946.
Tennessee: state of the nation. Ed. by W. Calvin Dickinson & Larry H. Whiteaker. New York, American Heritage Custom Publishing, 1995.
Tennessee statistical abstract. Knoxville, UT Press (annual).
Tennessee two hundred: a quotable history of the Volunteer state. Ed. by Randall Bedwell. Nashville, Guild Bindery Press, 1996.
Three pioneer Tennessee documents: Donelson's Journal; Cumberland Compact; Minutes of Cumberland Court. Nashville, THC, 1964 (reprinted 199? by Books on Demand).
Thruston, Gates P. Antiquities of Tennessee and the adjacent states. Cincinnati, The R. Clarke Co., 1890 (reprinted 1973 by AMS Press).
Votes for women! : the woman suffrage movement in Tennessee, the South, and the nation. Ed. by Marjorie Spruill Wheeler. Knoxville, UT Press, 1995.
Warren, John W. Tennessee belles- letters: a guide to Tennessee literature. Morristown, TN, Morrison Print. Co., 1977.
Weeks, Terry, and Bob Womack. Tennessee: the history of an American state. Montgomery, Alabama, Clairmont Press, 1996.
White, Katherine K. The Kings Mountain men: the story of the battle, with sketches of the American soldiers who took part. Dayton, VA, Joseph K. Ruebush, 1924 (reprinted 1985 by Genealogical Pub. Co.).
White, Robert H., ed. Messages of the governors of Tennessee ( 8 vols.). Nashville, THC, 1952-1972.
Whitney, Henry D. The land laws of Tennessee... Chattanooga, J. M. Deardorff, 1891. (reprinted?)
Williams, Frank B. Tennessee's presidents. Knoxville, UT Press, 1981.
Williams, Samuel C. Dawn of the Tennessee Valley & Tennessee history. Johnson City, Watauga Press, 1937 (reprinted 1972 by Blue & Gray Press).
A treatise on the earliest explorations of the Tennessee country (1540) to the Moravian expedition to the Cherokees (1799).
Williams, Samuel C. History of the lost state of Franklin. Johnson City, Watauga Press, 1924 (reprinted 1974 by Porcupine Press).
Williams, Samuel C. Tennessee during the Revolutionary War. Nashville, THC, 1944 (reprinted 1974 by UT Press).
Wolfe, Charles K. Tennessee strings: the story of country music in Tennessee. Knoxville, UT Press, 1977.
Womack, Bob. Echo of hoofbeats: the history of the Tennessee walking horse. Shelbyville, Walking Horse Pub., 1973 (2d ed, Dabora, Inc., 1984)
Yellin, Carol Lynn, Janann Sherman & Ilene J. Cornwell. The perfect 36: Tennessee delivers woman suffrage. Memphis, Serviceberry Press: Vote 70, Inc., 1998.
Young, Thomas D. Tennessee writers. Knoxville, UT Press, 1981.
Zimmerman, Peter Coats. Tennessee music: its people and places. San Francisco, Miller Freeman Books, 1998.
Ball, Randy. Abandoned: forgotten places of East Tennessee. Rogersville, Appalachian Images, Pub., 1995.
Beverley, Robert. East Tennessee almanac. Franklin, NC, Sanctuary Press, 1992.
Brewer, Alberta and Carson Brewer. Valley so wild: a folk history. Knoxville, ETHS, 1975.
Buchanan, Jane Gray. Early inns and taverns of East Tennessee: a photoessay. Knoxville, East Tennessee Historical Society, 1996.
Seymour, Digby G. Divided loyalties: Fort Sanders & the Civil War in east Tennessee. Knoxville, ETHS, 1982.
Stokely, Jim. Encyclopedia of east Tennessee. Oak Ridge, Childrens Museum, 1981.
Temple, Oliver P. East Tennessee and the Civil War. Cincinnati, The R. Clarke Co., 1899 (reprinted 1972 by Burman Books).
Arnow, Harriette S. Flowering of the Cumberland. New York, MacMillan, 1963 (reprinted 1984 by University Press of KY).
Arnow, Harriette S. Seedtime on the Cumberland. New York, MacMillan, 1960 (reprinted 1983 by University Press of KY)
Putnam, A. W. History of middle Tennessee; or, Lives & times of Gen. James Robertson. Printed for the author, 1859 (reprinted 1971 by UT Press).
Williams, Joseph S. Old times in west Tennessee. W. G. Cheeney, 1873 (reprinted by Windmill Press, 1991).
Williams, Samuel C. Beginnings of west Tennessee: in the land of the Chickasaws, 1541-1841. Johnson City, Watauga Press, 1930 (reprinted 1971 by Blue & Gray Press) .
GOODSPEEDS HISTORIES OF TENNESSEE COUNTIES published by Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1880s, all reprinted in recent years
Prepared by Fran Schell
Updated November 19, 2007