My Favorite State Archives? Why, TSLA!
It should be evident from my earlier entries here that I work at Tennessee State Library & Archives, in Nashville next to Tennessee's beautiful State Capitol.
And where I work is my favorite State Archives!
Confession: I've never been in any other state archives in person. But any other will have a very difficult time coming up to the standard that TSLA sets. After all, it was getting my job there last year that got me back into my family research again after decades of inactivity. TSLA is housed in a gorgeous edifice which complements that beautiful Capitol building I mentioned earlier. Best of all, the public service staff there is extremely good and helpful in their service to patrons. It's a joy to work alongside such people and then to "switch hats" and become a patron myself.
My specific job is receptionist-security. My major task is greeting incoming patrons and getting them registered. This involves holding onto their TSLA patron card while they're in the building. When a patron is ready to leave, she or he writes the time out next to the time in on the register and I hand them back their card. Many times the exiting patron will will be singing the praises of our helpful staff and/or the facilities!
Is it any wonder I love working there? Is it any wonder that TSLA is my favorite state archives?