Now archivists from the two states are teaming up in the border town of Bristol to create digital records of that part of their history.
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, the Tennessee State Museum and the Library of Virginia will spend two days this month at the Bristol Public Library, examining Civil War era documents and artifacts brought in by Tennessee and Virginia residents.
As part of the process, the archivists will electronically scan the documents and take digital photographs of the artifacts, which will be added to the historical collections in both states. The items will then be returned to their owners, who will receive tips on how to properly preserve and store them.
Some of the digital records will be featured in an online exhibit titled, “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”
The archivists will be at the library, which is located at 701 Goode Street on the Virginia side of the border, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. (EST) May 24 and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. (EST) May 25. People interested in bringing in their artifacts may call (615) 253-3470 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule appointments with the archivists.
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- In Tennessee, the archivists are in the process of collecting digitized Civil War records from all 95 counties as part of an effort to promote public interest in the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. So far, they have collected about 3,500 images. Additional information about the project is available at www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn.
- In Virginia, the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War are partnering on a multiyear project to locate and scan family collections of Civil War materials. So far, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project has visited 34 localities and scanned 10,700 images. Archivists with the Civil War 150 Legacy Project plan to visit all 133 counties and independent cities. To view the collection, visit www.virginiamemory.com/cw150.
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