Tennessee Online Historical Newspapers Summary

The Ancestor Hunt regularly adds and updates new collection links, as well as searches for and fixes broken links.
(This page's most recent update is
June 2024)

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. 

(Recently added links are in BOLD)

Tennessee Historical Newspapers

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Tennessee Newspapers

Note: The Links for Chronicling America go to the new Version 2.0

    Google News Archive

    Tennessee State Library and Archives (available in library only)

    • 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:

    Carter County

    Elizabethton Carter County Library

    • Spinnerette
    • The Spinnerette
    • The Watauga Spinnerette
    • Watauga Spinnerette

    Coffee County

    Coffee County Library

    • Manchester Times
    • Coffee Countys New Leader
    • The Independent

    Coffee County Lannom Library

    • The Apalachian
    • The Bugle
    • The Independent
    • The Lynchburg Banner
    • The Lynchburg Falcon
    • The Lynchburg Sentinel
    • The Moore County Hustler
    • The News
    • The Tullahoma News
    • The Tullahoma News And Guardian
    • Tullahoma Standard
    • Tullahoma 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

    Henderson County

    Lexington Public Library Publications Archive

    Marshall County

    Marshall County Library

    • Lewisburg Gazette
    • Lewisburg Tribune
    • Marshall County Tribune
    • Marshall Democrat
    • Mashall County Tribune
    • The Marshall Gazette
    • The Southern Messenger

    Student Collections:

    Austin Peay State University – Clarksville

    Baptist Health Sciences University – 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

    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 Tennessee Southern – Pulaski

    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

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

    Other Free Sites:








    Oak Ridge


    Subscription or Pay Sites:


    There are currently 26 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Tennessee Newspapers

    Genealogy Bank:

    There are currently 271 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Tennessee Newspapers

    Newspaper Archive:

    There are currently 32 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Tennessee


    There are currently 491 publications available on 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.

    For all Free Tennessee Collection Links in 24 Genealogy Categories, go to the By Location Page, click on Tennessee, and then click on the category of interest.

    Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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