The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) recently posted images from the Tennessee State Library and Archives' Andrew Johnson Bicentennial Collection. The collection includes material from TSLA’s Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) Papers, 1846-1875; Military Governor Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) Papers, 1862-1865; and TSLA’s Tennessee Historical Society Civil War Collection, 1860-1982. Additional images were drawn from various other sources, including the Library Photo and Oversized Photo Collections.
Thirty-three items are scanned in TeVA's virtual archive, including these one-of-a-kind finds:
- A photograph believed to be Andrew Johnson's Birthplace, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Johnson is said to have been born in this house on December 29, 1809.
- A 1862 proclamation to the citizens of Tennessee issued by then Military Governor Andrew Johnson, condemning the rebellion but offering to return civil government to Tennessee and protection of its citizens.
- Official Presidential pardon from President Andrew Johnson to Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, dated July 17, 1868.
The Tennessee Virtual Archive is a wonderful online resource provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives to create a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. TeVA's mission is "to bring electronic versions of the Tennessee's rich collections to a wider audience by providing a searchable array of historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value."
There's so much more to see than what I've selected here, so click here to view the Andrew Johnson Bicentennial records on TeVA, and click here to explore TeVA's other digital collections.
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