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Special Collections

Education & Outreach

Civil Rights Room

A permanent space for reflection and education about the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville and around the world.

Votes for Women

A permanent exhibit that tells the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Tours and School Visits

Schedule special guided tours. Schools, community groups, and other can experience the Special Collections with a library guide.


Resources for exploring your family's history; including HeritageQuest, and obituaries.

Collections to Community

Borrow historic local Nashville artifacts from Special Collections for your exhibit or public program.

Library as Classroom

Use our convenient classroom space in the Civil Rights Room to bring your entire class for an on-site history lesson.

Featured Collections

photo of a school damaged by a bomb

Colección sobre Derechos Civiles

Acceda a fuentes primarias para conocer experiencias de primera mano sobre el Movimiento de Derechos Civiles en Nashville.

three soldiers in the desert

Proyecto de historia de los veteranos

Experiencias de primera mano de guerras específicas provenientes de veteranos del condado de Davidson, desde la Primera Guerra Mundial hasta la actualidad.

Flood waters at Opryland Hotel and outlet mall

Colección Inundación 2010

La colección Inundación 2010 narra la histórica inundación que tuvo lugar en Nashville y Middle Tennessee del 1 al 2 de mayo de 2010.

Photo of women in a fire truck at the NFD training center

Colección Nashville Banner

Nashville Banner fue un periódico diario en Nashville, Tennessee, del 10 de abril de 1876 al 20 de febrero de 1998.

Autographed photo of Mae West

Colección Naff

Un surtido de folletos de programas del Ryman Auditorium, fotografías, carteles y mucho más, de 1901 a 1955.

performers on stage

Colecciones digitales

Fotografías históricas digitalizadas, grabaciones e historias orales relacionadas con la historia de Nashville.

About the Special Collections Division

Contact Us

Special Collections Division, Main Library
(615) 862-5782

Using the Collections

Special Collections materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the Reading Room. To access closed stacks materials, patrons will be asked to fill out a Research Application. No closed stacks materials will be pulled within 15 minutes of closing. All materials must be returned to library staff before departing Special Collections. Arrangements can be made to have materials pulled prior to a visit by contacting Special Collections. Food and drink are not allowed in Special Collections. First time users should consult with a librarian for more information on handling our collections.

Donating to Special Collections

Please contact the Special Collections Division if you have materials you wish to donate. Please have available as much information as possible about your potential donation, including subject matter, volume, condition, age, etc. All donations are subject to the Special Collections Division's review process, which includes an assessment of whether or not the materials fall within the Division Collecting Policy. If necessary, arrangements may be made for staff to review a collection. Materials outside of the scope or mission of the collections are not accepted and/or will be referred to another, more appropriate repository.

All donations require that you complete appropriate paperwork transferring ownership of materials to the library, including a Review Form and/or the appropriate Donor Form (Book/Commercially Produced Item Donor Form, Collection Deed of Gift). The Special Collections Division does not accept materials without a legal transfer of title or deed of gift.

Donor Forms

Partner with Us

Partnering with the Special Collections Division can be a great way to enhance your programming. We are happy to work with you to see how your event fits with our mission to engage the city in meaningful conversations about our past and its impact on our present. In the past we have worked with our partners to host workshops, exhibits, and special events.