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Selected materials at TSLA are now available for delivery by e-mail.





 

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has indexed personal names appearing in the Acts of Tennessee, 1796-1850. You can search the Index to Names to see if a particular individual is listed in the acts.

Many Acts of the legislature were passed in response to petitions which had been presented by a citizen or citizens. In some cases, TSLA will have the original petition pertaining to a specific act. If you would like us to search the petition index (only a rough index, not comprehensive) you may request a search by post or by e-mail. We can accept only one such search request at a time. If a petition is found we will notify you. TSLA tries to respond to e-mail questions within ten working days.

The microfilmed petitions are also available on interlibrary loan.



ACTS OF TENNESSEE > ORDERING INFORMATION AND FEES:

  • There is a $5 fee to photocopy an Act. TSLA staff will copy up to three Acts at one time (up to ten pages) for the $5 fee.
  • The $5 fee is not refundable. 
  • Payment in advance by check, money order or credit card is required.
  • Please note that we ask that you submit each search request on a separate form. There may be a waiting period of up to 3-4 weeks before you receive a reply.

 


 

LEGISLATIVE PETITIONS > ORDERING INFORMATION AND FEES:

  • There is a $20 fee to photocopy a legislative petition.  Up to twenty pages of photocopies can be mailed for the $20 fee. If we find more than twenty pages of information, we will notify you and ask you to send additional funds for the remaining pages. 
  • RESIDENTS OF TENNESSEE (with a current Tennessee postal address) will pay a $10 fee to copy a legislative petition. Up to twenty pages of photocopies can be mailed for the $10 fee. If we find more than twenty pages of information, we will notify you and ask you to send additional funds for the remaining pages. 
  • The fee is not refundable.  
  • Payment in advance by check, money order or credit card is required.
  • Please note that we ask that you submit each search request on a separate form. There may be a waiting period of up to 3-4 weeks before you receive a reply.

 

 

Some printed indexes and microfilmed records may be available for delivery through our e-mail service.  Requests to be delivered by e-mail, however, must be submitted in the same manner as our Services by Mail requests:  payment in advance by check, money order or credit card is required.  Send your request to Tennessee State Library and Archives, Research Department,  403  Seventh Avenue North,  Nashville TN  37243-0312.  If you request electronic delivery of a document, you must check the e-mail box under "Delivery Instructions". If no boxes are marked, or if more than one box is marked, the record will be photocopied and sent via US Mail.

  • Records available through this service are scanned and saved as a .pdf file.  Documents can only be saved as .pdfs.  Patrons can download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files.
  • Records sent via e-mail service cannot be certified. 
  • TSLA will e-mail the record to one e-mail address. 
  • If the file size exceeds 10 pages or 15 megabytes, the .pdf file will be placed on a CD and mailed. 
  • If it is not feasible to scan the record you are requesting, a print copy will be mailed to you.
  • Due to space limitations, digital copies of records will be maintained on TSLA’s server for 30 days.  After 30 days, the digital copies of the records will be deleted from the server.  Once the digital copies of the records have been deleted, they will not be available for e-mail delivery unless another request, along with the required fee, is submitted. 

Digital copies of records will be sent from the e-mail address reference.tsla@tn.gov

 

 

There are situations where a court, insurance company, Social Security Office, nursing home, or genealogical society may require an individual to submit a certified copy of a document. When TSLA certifies a document, the photocopy is marked with a stamp avowing that it is a true and exact copy of a document held at TSLA. The document is signed and dated by a designated TSLA staff member, and an embossed seal is placed over the signature and date.

  • If needed, TSLA can certify a copy of a record held in our collection.  There is a fee of $5.00 to certify one copy of the document, in addition to the initial search fee. If you wish for more than one copy of a record to be certified, each additional certification is $5.00.
  • If you think certification may be needed, please indicate this when the initial copy order is placed, as we cannot certify after-the-fact any copies that have left our facility.  We cannot certify copies of items that we have not copied ourselves.  If you decide at a later date that you need items certified that you have already received, we will have to charge you for the order a second time and re-copy all the materials.
  • TSLA cannot certify electronic copies (scans) of documents.
  • If you pay in advance for a record search and certification and the record is not located, neither the search fee nor the certification fee are refundable.  For this reason, when searching for a record that you wish to have certified, TSLA suggests that you use our downloadable forms and pay by credit card.  If you pay by credit card and a record is not located, then you will not be charged the additional $5.00 certification fee.

 

Updated June 15, 2011