The following excerpt is from the April 27, 2017 edition of NashvilleScene.com:
Chas Sisk over at WPLN-FM is reporting that Gov. Bill Haslam is asking for $50 million for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building. This is good, because their unofficial motto is “Everyone Who’s Ever Gotten Lost in Here Has Made It Out Alive as Far as We Know, but the Elevator Situation is Not Ideal.”
The goal is to build a modern research library near the new State Museum now under construction on Bicentennial Mall, says Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
“We’re going to be able to accommodate not only small groups of researchers who tend to use the library and archives, but school groups and college groups that come through. It’s going to be a tremendous resource to showcase our Tennessee history, just like the museum is.”
The state archives are currently held in a 65-year-old building next to the Capitol. Officials say its climate control system is outdated, and it doesn’t have enough public exhibition or storage space.