For Archivists and Government Officials
Tennessee State Government Publications
From the Arts Commission to the Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee's government agencies provide timely and pertinent data and information to the public. Agencies produce these publications as a public record of its activities. State publications can be a tool for government accountability if Tennessee's citizens read them. Collectively, the archive of these documents record Tennessee's history, natural resources, socioeconomic condition, culture, and quality of life. For a helpful list of all state agencies, please see the Department and Agencies list on the the tn.gov website.
Search our library catalog for Tennessee State Publications here.
Search our collection of electronically-archived Tennessee State Agency websites here.
What is a Publication?
"Publications" take many forms and contain diverse types of information. A publication could be an agency's annual report, a transportation plan to provide service to your town, a research report on Tennessee's schools, or a directory of county officials. Although agencies are increasingly using the Internet to publish this information for you, many continue to produce printed paper documents. Budget-conscious agencies often print small quantities of their publications; it might be difficult to obtain your own copy.
Finding Tennessee Government publications
TSLA makes Tennessee's state documents freely available to the public. Records of TSLA's collection of state documents can be accessed through our online catalog. Some of these catalog records also include links to their electronic, online versions. Materials published in tangible formats (i.e. books, pamphlets, and CDs) are available for use at TSLA during business hours.
Finding online, electronic Tennessee Government publications
Many materials published by State Agencies are available through the Agency's website. Many of these Agency websites have been archived through the Web archiving tool, Archive-It, and are accessible via the Internet. A list of those agencies and links to their live and archived pages can be found here. Many electronic State publications can be located by searching or browsing through these archived websites.
State Depository Libraries
Six libraries located across the state have been designated depositories for Tennessee government publications in order to provide citizens access to their information. You can find links to their online catalogs and documents department contact information on the list of Tennessee Depository System Libraries. The librarians at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) have worked hard to create records for Tennessee State documents. Even if you are not geographically close to ETSU, you can use their online catalog to identify hard-to-find publications.
Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) Title 12 Section 6 establishes TSLA and other libraries as depositories for government publications. This section also defines the responsibility of government agencies to provide the depositories copies of their publications for use by the public.
TCA § 12-6-107. Libraries as depositories for documents - Legislative library - Copies.
TCA § 12-6-110. Copies to depositories, secretary of state, and other locations.