The THS is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all aspects of Tennessee history. It focuses on education of adults and schoolchildren through its publications and programs such as Tennessee History Day. The THS collections are housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum, where they are available to the public.
The collections of the Tennessee Historical Society are held and managed along with those of the State of Tennessee at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 403 7th Ave. North, Nashville. For more information, see TSLA.
The Tennessee Historical Society does not handle historic preservation matters. The state historic preservation office is the Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information, see THC National Register.
The THS welcomes the offer of donations. If you are interested in donating something to the Tennessee Historical Society, please email us through our contact form at the bottom of this page. We will consult the staffs of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum about whether the item fits the collections’ needs.
Historical societies, museums, and archives are prohibited from providing appraisals for items related to their collections. The THS recommends members for the International Society of Appraisers; for more information see the ISA.
The THS has a small staff and cannot undertake research for individuals. However, the Tennessee State Library and Archives has a list of suggested researchers. Call (615) 741-2764 for more information.