Tennessee is one of the states that does not have a central online state repository for searching historical newspapers. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers, and many of Tennessee’s free online newspapers are available on the Library of Congress site. There are several free online newspapers available on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them.
There are over 2,500 newspapers that have been published in the Volunteer State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Tennessee ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also, I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated May 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)
Athens, Tenn., 1848-1917 – The Athens post.
Benton, Tenn., 190?-191? – Polk County news-gazette.
Benton, Tenn., 191?-1983 – Polk County news.
Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tenn., 1865-1888 – The Bolivar bulletin.
Bolivar, Tenn., 1888-1888 – The west Tennessee star.
Bolivar, Tenn., 1888-1946 – The Bolivar bulletin.
Bristol, Tenn., 1865-1867 – The news.
Bristol, Va. & Tenn., 1867-189? – Bristol news.
Brownsville, Tenn., 1???-1984 – The States-graphic.
Camden, Tenn., 1890-current – The Camden chronicle.
Carthage, Tenn., 1913-current – Carthage courier.
Chattanooga, Tenn., 1862-1864 – The Chattanooga Daily Rebel.
Chattanooga, Tenn., 1891-1939 – The Chattanooga news.
Clarksville, Tenn, 1886-1890 – Clarksville evening chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 18??-185? – The Clarksville weekly chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 185?-1857 – Weekly Clarksville chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1857-1865 – Clarksville chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 186?-1872 – Clarksville chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1865-1867 – Clarksville weekly chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1873-1890 – Clarksville weekly chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1884-188? – Clarksville daily chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1890-1890 – Clarksville evening tobacco leaf-chronicle.
Clarksville, Tenn., 1890-1895 – Daily tobacco leaf-chronicle.
Cleveland, Tenn., 1876-1888 – The weekly herald.
Columbia, Tenn., 18??-1935 – The Columbia herald.
Columbia, Tenn., 1850-1873 – The Columbia herald.
Columbia, Tenn., 1873-188? – The herald and mail.
Cookeville, Tenn., 1903-1922 – Putnam County herald.
Covington, Tenn., 18??-current – The Covington leader.
Crossville, Tenn., 1894-current – Crossville chronicle.
Dickson, Tenn., 1907-1979 – The Dickson County herald.
Dresden, Tenn., 1907-1997 – Dresden enterprise and Sharon tribune.
Ducktown, Tenn., 1914-191? – The Polk County republican.
Fayetteville, Tenn., 1850-1966 – Fayetteville observer.
Gainesboro, Tenn., 1914-current – Jackson County sentinel.
Greeneville, Tenn., 1875-1877 – Union and American.
Greeneville, Tenn., 1877-18?? – The union.
Greeneville, Tenn., 1918-1920 – The Greeneville daily sun.
Huntingdon, Tenn., 188?-1971 – Carroll County democrat.
Jackson, Tenn., 1870-1877 – Whig and tribune.
Johnson City, Tenn., 1884-1916 – The comet.
Johnson City, Tenn., 1916-1917 – The Johnson City comet.
Johnson City, Tenn., 1917-19?? – The comet.
Johnson City, Tenn., 1918-19?? – Johnson City comet.
Jonesborough, Tenn., 1865-187? – The Union flag.
Jonesborough, Tenn., 1869-current – Herald and tribune.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1849-1855 – Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig and independent journal.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1855-1861 – Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1859-1861 – Tri-weekly Whig.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1861-1861 – Brownlow’s weekly Whig.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1863-1866 – Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig, and rebel ventilator.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1864-1866 – Knoxville tri-weekly Whig and rebel ventilator.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1866-1869 – Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1868-18?? – Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1870-1875 – Knoxville weekly chronicle.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1870-1882 – Knoxville daily chronicle.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1875-1882 – Knoxville Whig and chronicle.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1894-current – The Knoxville independent.
Knoxville, Tenn., 1899-19?? – The Chilhowee echo.
Lawrenceburg, Tenn., 1884-1925 – Lawrence democrat.
Lexington, Tenn., 1884-current – The Lexington progress.
Loudon, Tenn., 1852-1855 – Loudon free press.
Maryville, Tenn., 1867-187? – Maryville Republican.
Maryville, Tenn., 187?-187? – The Republican.
Maryville, Tenn., 187?-1877 – Maryville Republican.
Maryville, Tenn., 1879-1883 – Blount County democrat.
Maryville, Tenn., 1884-1884 – Maryville daily times.
Maryville, Tenn., 1884-1944 – The Maryville times.
McMinnville, Tenn., 1879-current – Southern standard.
Memphis, Tenn., 1847-1886 – Memphis daily appeal.
Memphis, Tenn., 1862-186? – Daily union appeal.
Memphis, Tenn., 1862-1862 – The Memphis union appeal.
Memphis, Tenn., 1865-1893 – Public ledger.
Memphis, Tenn., 1886-1890 – The Memphis appeal.
Memphis, Tenn., 1907-1926 – The news scimitar.
Milan, Gibson County, Tenn., 1874-1978 – The Milan exchange.
Morristown, Tenn., 1867-1920 – The Morristown gazette.
Nashville [Tenn.], 1837-1853 – The Nashville union.
Nashville, Tenn., 1851-1855 – The Daily Nashville true Whig.
Nashville, Tenn., 1853-1862 – Nashville union and American.
Nashville, Tenn., 1855-1857 – Nashville daily patriot.
Nashville, Tenn., 1857-1858 – Daily Nashville patriot.
Nashville, Tenn., 1858-1860 – Nashville patriot.
Nashville, Tenn., 1860-1862 – Daily Nashville patriot.
Nashville, Tenn., 1862-1862 – Daily Nashville union.
Nashville, Tenn., 1862-1866 – The Nashville daily union.
Nashville, Tenn., 1862-1866 – The Nashville weekly union.
Nashville, Tenn., 1865-1866 – Daily union and American.
Nashville, Tenn., 1866-186? – Tri-weekly union and American.
Nashville, Tenn., 1866-1868 – Nashville union and dispatch.
Nashville, Tenn., 1866-187? – Tennessee staatszeitung. volume
Nashville, Tenn., 1867-1867 – Wochenblatt der Tennessee staatszeitung.
Nashville, Tenn., 1867-1869 – Tennessee staatszeitung.
Nashville, Tenn., 1868-1875 – Nashville union and American.
Nashville, Tenn., 1906-193? – The Nashville globe.
Newport, Tenn., 1909-1939 – The Newport plain talk.
Paris, Tenn., 1907-1962 – The Parisian.
Pulaski, Tenn., 1866-current – The Pulaski citizen.
Rugby, Morgan Co., Tenn., 1881-1882 – The Rugbeian.
Rugby, Morgan Co., Tenn., 1884-188? – The Rugby gazette and east Tennessee news.
Rugby, Morgan County, Tenn., 1890-189? – The Rugby news.
Rugby, Tenn., 1882-1883 – The Rugbeian and district reporter.
Rugby, Tenn., 1883-1884 – Plateau gazette and east Tennessee news.
Rutledge, Tenn., 1917-current – Grainger County news.
Savannah, Tenn., 1885-1979 – Savannah courier.
Selmer, McNairy County, Tenn., 1902-1969 – McNairy County independent.
Sequachee [Sequatchie], Tenn., 189?-1896 – The Sequachee news.
Sequachee [Sequatchie], Tenn., 1896-1952 – Sequachee Valley news.
Sneedville, Tenn., 191?-19?? – The Sneedville news.
Somerville, Tenn., 190?-current – The Fayette falcon.
Sweetwater, Tenn., 1867-1869 – The Sweetwater forerunner.
Sweetwater, Tenn., 1869-187? – The Sweetwater enterprise.
Tracy City, Tenn., 1903-1930 – Mrs. Grundy.
Tracy City, Tenn., 190?-1903 – Mrs. Grundy of Grundy.
Union City, Tenn., 1897-190? – The commercial courier.
Union City, Tenn., 190?-193? – Commercial.
Wartburg, Tenn., 1916-1926 – The Morgan County press.
Winchester, Tenn, 1862-1863 – The daily bulletin.
Winchester, Tenn, 1863-1863 – Winchester daily bulletin.
Winchester, Tenn., 1856-1856 – The Winchester appeal.
Winchester, Tenn., 1856-1856 – The Winchester weekly appeal.
Winchester, Tenn., 1857-1857 – The home journal.
Winchester, Tenn., 1857-1858 – The Winchester home journal.
Winchester, Tenn., 1858-188? – The home journal.
Winchester, Tenn., 1863-1863 – Winchester army bulletin.
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Church Hill – Hawkins County Post
Cleveland – The Cleveland Banner
Elizabethton – Elizabethton Star
Kingsport – Post Daily News
Kingsport – Daily Post News
Kingsport – The Sunday Post
Kingsport – Post Weekender
Kingsport – Kingsport Post
Knoxville – The Sunday Chronicle
Knoxville – Chronicle Daily Knoxville
Knoxville – Knoxville Daily Chronicle
Chattanooga Daily Gazette 1864-1865
Chattanooga Daily Rebel 1862-1863
Chattanooga Advertiser 1844-1862
Jonesborough Whig, and Independent Journal 1839-1843
Memphis Appeal 1892-1899
Nashville Union 1845-1868
Maryville Republican 1876
County and Library Collections:
Chattanooga Daily American Union
Chattanooga Daily Commercial
Chattanooga Daily Gazette
Chattanooga Daily Press
Chattanooga Daily Rebel
Chattanooga Daily Times
Chattanooga Evening News
Chattanooga Sunday Commercial
Chattanooga Sunday News
Chattanooga Weekly Press
Crabtrees Saturday Press
Daily American Union
South Pittsburg Hustler
The Chattanooga Daily Rebel
The Chattanooga Daily Times
The Chattanooga Dispatch
The Chattanooga Gazette
The Chattanooga Star
The Chattanooga Sunday Times
The Chattanooga Times
The Chattanooga Daily Times
The Daily Chattanooga Rebel
The Daily Rebel
The Daily Republican
The Daily Times
The Southern Press
Austin Peay State University – Clarksville
Baptist College of Health Sciences – Memphis
Belmont University – Nashville
Bethel University – McKenzie
Bryan College – Dayton
Christian Brothers University – Memphis
Cumberland University – Lebanon
East Tennessee University – Johnson City
Fisk University – Nashville
Freed-Hardeman University – Henderson
Harpeth Hall School – Nashville
Johnson University – Knoxville
King University – Bristol
Knoxville College – Knoxville
Lane College – Jackson
Lee University – Cleveland
LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis
Lincoln Memorial University – Harrogate
Lipscomb University – Nashville
Martin Methodist College – Pulaski
Maryville College – Maryville
Memphis University School – Memphis
Middle Tennessee State University – Murfreesboro
Milligan College – Elizabethton
Montgomery Bell Academy – Nashville
Rhodes College – Memphis
Southern Adventist University – Collegedale
Tennessee State University – Nashville
Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville
Tennessee Wesleyan College – Athens
Trevecca Nazarene University – Nashville
Tusculum University – Greeneville
Union University – Jackson
University of Memphis – Memphis
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
University of Tennessee – Martin
University of Tennessee Junior College – Martin
University of the South- Sewanee
Vanderbilt University – Nashville
Ward Belmont School – Nashville
Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:
Chahta Anumpa – The Choctaw Times
The Spread Eagle
The People’s Press
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942
The News-Democrat Waverly, Tennessee
For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.
Other Free Sites:
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 22 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Tennessee Newspapers
There are currently 245 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Tennessee Newspapers
There are currently 15 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Tennessee
There are currently 456 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Tennessee
You also need to check out the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project site, which can tell you what is happening in the state with regard to the newspapers that are available via microfilm.
Please note – even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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