Founded in 1849, the Tennessee Historical Society is the oldest continually operating historical organization in Tennessee. Until the early 20th century, the THS focused on collecting documents and artifacts related to Tennessee’s natural, aboriginal, and civil history. The artifact collection became the basis for the Tennessee State Museum, and the documents, which include manuscripts dating back to the colonial era, are now housed at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Tennessee Historical Society has published the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal on Tennessee history, since 1942. The THS also edits the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture and publishes books and resources on Tennessee History. In 2000, the THS began awarding the annual Wills Research Fellowship, funded by the Society’s Jesse E. Wills Memorial Fund. The award supports scholars interested in traveling to Nashville to use the society’s collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and encourages scholarship on Tennessee history. In 2009, the Tennessee Historical Society began sponsoring and producing Tennessee History Day, a statewide competition for students in grades six through twelve. Students who win at the state level go on to compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C.

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Title VI Policy Statement


The Tennessee Historical Society (THS) grants all citizens equal access to its public services. The THS is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in the conduct of its business, including its responsibilities under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42

U.S.C. § 2000d) which provides that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under its program of ferry service.

Title VI Complaint Procedures


If you believe that you have received discriminatory treatment based on race, color or national origin, you have the right to file a Title VI complaint with the THS. Federal and State laws require complaints to be filed within sixty (60) calendar days of the last alleged incident. You may call the THS at the number listed below and request that a Title VI Complaint Form be mailed to you or you can submit a written statement that contains all of the information listed below. If you are unable to write a complaint or need assistance submitting a complaint, please call (615) 741-8934 for assistance.

Complaints may be mailed or emailed to:

Title VI Complaints
Tennessee Historical Society
305 6th Avenue North
War Memorial Building
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-8934

All complaints must include the following information:

1. Complainant’s name, address and contact number.
2. The basis of the complaint (e.g. race, color or national origin).
3. The date(s) on which the alleged discriminatory event occurred.
4. The nature of the incident that led the complainant to believe discrimination was a factor.
5. Names, addresses and contact numbers of persons who may have knowledge of the event.
6. Other agencies or courts where a complaint may have been filed and a contact name.