The Governate existed from 1796 to 1929; its seat was in the city of Tula. It was divided into twelve districts. The main towns were Alexin, Bogoroditsk, Byelev, Chern, Epifan, Efremov, Kashira, Krapivna, Novosil, Odoyev, Tula, and Venev.
- Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). 1911. pp. 365–366. .