Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Archives

Home of the Nashville Story

Project Details

Client: Nashville Public Library

Location: Nashville, TN

Date: May 2015

Project Collaborators: Lynne Bachleda, Imagen

Equipment Suppliers: Planar


How do you take the jewels of the past and bring them to life in the present? For the Metro Archives, located inside the Main Branch of the Nashville Public Library, this was the challenge. To tell this story, Anode produced an interactive experience that provides contemporary context for the city's historical documents and photos.

At the center of the exhibit is a floor-to-ceiling map of Nashville's earliest settlements. This map immediately sets the stage for what visitors will discover on the interactives located to the left and right of the map.
Flanking the physical map on the right is an interactive map that lets visitors travel back in time to experience notable and historical locations around Davidson county. The map interface uses a contemporary map so that viewers can associate the archived photos and videos with present-day street names and landmarks.
To the left of the large physical map is the artifact gallery. Here visitors inspect documents and letters that played a critical role in the history of Nashville. The artifacts that were once only available in glass cases, protected drawers, or by request are now front and center for all visitors to explore.
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