Local Business

Sign used by the US District Court, closing businesses selling liquor due to the National Prohibition Act

The Death of John Barleycorn: Prohibition in Nashville

2020 is an important anniversary year for a couple of reasons. Most notably is the 19th Amendment, which we'll be celebrating with a new permanent exhibit in Special Collections (in addition to a few other temporary exhibits in the building). But another important Amendment went into effect 100 years ago this month that had a long-lasting impact on the country, and that's Prohibition.

Text on inside of the photo envelope from Dury's

Dury's - 137 years of service, and still going

As part 1 of a 2-part series about the local photography institution that is Dury's, and also in honor of National Photography Month, read about how one of Nashville's oldest businesses got its start and has remained a successful and beloved business in Nashville all of these years. 

young karaoke star

Banner Clippings: Cowpokes and Sing-alongs

One of our most-utilized resources here in Special Collections is the Nashville Banner clippings: articles about every aspect of Nashville life from the 1950s through the 1990s. In this post, I use Banner clippings to tell you the story of two popular types of night spot entertainment: mechanical bull riding and karaoke!

Clipping from the Nashville Banner from the day after W. Haynie Gourley was killed.

50 Years Ago: The Death of W. Haynie Gourley

Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of W. Haynie Gourley, the owner of Capitol Chevrolet on Murfreesboro Rd. Today, this tragedy remains as one of Nashville's most notorious unsolved crimes.

Cover of Rural Radio magazine

Radio Resources

The Special Collections Division holds a surprisingly wide array of resources about local radio stations and radio culture.