Tennessee Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

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)

Free Sites:
Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Tennessee Newspapers

Google News Archive

Tennessee State Library and Archives (must be Tennessee resident)

  • 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:

Coffee County

Coffee County Library

  • Manchester Times

Chattanooga Newspapers

  • Chattanooga Advertiser

  • Chattanooga Commercial

  • Chattanooga Daily American Union

  • Chattanooga Daily Commercial

  • Chattanooga Daily Gazette

  • Chattanooga Daily Press

  • Chattanooga Daily Rebel

  • Chattanooga Daily Times

  • Chattanooga Evening News

  • Chattanooga News

  • Chattanooga Press

  • Chattanooga Sunday Commercial

  • Chattanooga Sunday News

  • Chattanooga Times

  • Chattanooga Weekly Press

  • Commercial

  • Crabtrees Saturday Press

  • Daily American Union

  • Daily Commercial

  • Hamilton Gazette

  • Republican Press

  • 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 Rebel

  • The Southern Press

  • The Times

Student Collections:

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:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Chahta Anumpa – The Choctaw Times

  • Napalm

  • The Spread Eagle

  • The People’s Press

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Index to Early Memphis Newspapers

The Story of Marion County – Index

Southern School News Archive 

TNGenWeb Historical News Index

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

​The Olden Times – Tennessee

Newspaper Abstracts – Tennessee

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page. 

Other Free Sites:

Chattanooga

Jackson

Knoxville

​Memphis

Murfreesboro

Nashville

Oak Ridge

​Somewhere

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 22 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Tennessee Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 245 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Tennessee Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 15 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Tennessee

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 456 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Tennessee 

And Finally:

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!

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.​

For other Free Tennessee Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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