Guide to Manuscript Materials : MF. 1100 - MF. 1199

Mf. 1100  -- Signal Mountain Community Guild Minutes. Hamilton County, 1983-1989. 50 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The records of Signal Mountain Community Guild, a ladies’ club in Hamilton County, consist of minutes of meetings, treasurer’s reports, and accounts of the guild’s activities, arranged chronologically.

Mf. 1101  -- Felix Grundy Papers, 1756-1988. 500 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Felix Grundy (1777-1840) was a U.S. Representative in the early nineteenth century and one of the first nationally prominent politicians from Tennessee. In the years leading up to the War of 1812, Grundy was a spokesmen for the War Hawks, a group of western congressmen urging armed confrontation with Great Britain. The collection includes biographical sketches of Grundy family members; clippings concerning the first Sunday School in Nashville; genealogical data on the Grundy, Bass, Rogers, and allied families; photographs; speeches; obituaries; and correspondence. There is a name index to the correspondence. See also Mf. 1144 for additional Grundy papers.

Mf. 1102  -- Florence M. Redelsheimer Papers - Addition, 1848-1978. 7 vols. 2000 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 16 mm & 35 mm.
The papers of Florence M. Redelsheimer (1911-1989) center around Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, an addition to other Mt. Olivet records (see also Mf. 576 and Mf. 1489). The collection is composed of photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and land and cemetery records of Mt. Olivet, particularly of the Confederate Circle soldiers who were interred there. There are interment books and lot ownership books, as well as an account book dating 1840-57.

Mf. 1103  -- Prospect Baptist Church Records. Lincoln County, 1871-1989. 5 vols. 10 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Prospect Baptist Church consist of deeds, a history of the church, financial records, membership rolls, and complete minutes of meetings 1871-1989. Many of the early land records pertain to the old Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.

Mf. 1104  -- The Chicago Sun (Rehearsal and Initial Issues), November 25, 1941-December 4, 1941. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
These are the trial issues of The Chicago Sun, forerunner to the Chicago Sun-Times, during the two-week period prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent U.S. declaration of war on Japan.

Mf. 1105  -- World War Two Collection, 1941-1945. 2000 items. THS. 3 reels. 35 mm.
This collection is composed largely of clippings on Tennesseans who served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. The bulk of the collection consists of twenty-four folders of information on naval personnel (arranged alphabetically) and twenty-four folders containing clippings about female naval personnel in the WAVES. Most of the material concerns recruitment and personnel, but there are lists, photographs, and press releases reflecting other aspects of the war.

Mf. 1106  -- James Knox Polk Lewis Diary and Account Book, 1840-1890. 1 vol. 27 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The diary and account book of James K. P. Lewis includes a brief journal of daily events during the Civil War. A Confederate recruit in the First Tennessee Infantry, Lewis was captured both at Fort Donelson and at the defeat on Missionary Ridge, spending tours as a prisoner of war at Camp Morton, IN, and Rock Island, IL, respectively. Interestingly enough, Lewis appears to have switched sides early in 1864 and served the remainder of the war as a member of a Union mounted infantry unit. The diary recounts his experiences throughout the war. The collection also contains examples of Confederate coinage and currency.

Mf. 1107  -- United States Army, Seventh Infantry Records, 1808-1816. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a small collection of U.S. 7th Infantry records abstracted from National Archives Record Group 98, Records of U.S. Army Commands, 1784-1821. They consist in the main of carefully transcribed morning reports, muster rolls, and clothing and supplies accounts kept by the officers of this regiment. The Seventh Regiment was recruited at Nashville and other locales in Tennessee and was one of two regular army units with General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in January, 1815. The records are very thorough and contain information on many individual soldiers who served during the War of 1812.

Mf. 1108  -- Crescent Amusement Company Minute Books. Nashville, 1911-1958. 4 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The Crescent Amusement Company operated many theatres and drive-ins in Middle Tennessee, including a number of large downtown theatres in Nashville. The enterprise was originally chartered to build and operate, among other things, an opera house and was set up by members of the Sudekum family of Nashville. The records consist of minutes of directors’ and stockholders’ meetings, proxies, and shareholders’ resolutions. The minutes are arranged chronologically.

Mf. 1109  -- Abby Crawford Milton Papers, 1911-1930. 3 vols. 600 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Abby Crawford Milton (1886-1990) was president of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Association and chairperson of the Tennessee League of Women Voters. The papers consist primarily of scrapbooks of clippings about the women’s suffrage movement in Tennessee and various items about the suffrage movement nationwide. The collection also includes minutes of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association and the Tennessee League of Women Voters, correspondence, legal documents, lists, printed materials, programs, reports, resolutions, sketches, speeches, and writings. The correspondence includes a number of letters from important leaders in the Tennessee suffrage battle, such as Anne Dallas Dudley and Carrie Chapman Catt. This collection provides an overview of the efforts of activists to secure passage of the nineteenth amendment in Tennessee and across the nation. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1110  -- Wright W. Frost Collection, 1701-1983 - Addition. 250 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
Wright W. Frost (1906-1973) was an author, genealogist and historian of Knoxville. These records are an addition to the main collection of Frost’s papers (Mf. 1074). The bulk of the collection is composed of genealogical data, primarily Bible records, certificates, clippings, correspondence, family history notes, photographs, and writings. Much of the material relates to Bedford County families, including the Allnut, Bearden, Billington, Burke, Chiles, Cocke, Dromgoole, Frost, Hicks, Mooney, Petty, Reagor, Redford, Turpin, and Wooldridge families.

Mf. 1111  -- Francis Stuart Harmon Collection, 1917-1919. 1 vol. 94 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The World War I papers of Francis S. Harmon (1895- ? ), author, lawyer, and editor, consist of clippings, correspondence, military records, photographs, and one volume about his wartime experiences. The main value of the collection lies with the letters written by Second Lieutenant Harmon home to family and friends. Harmon was in the 114th Field Artillery of the 30th “Old Hickory” Division, which saw considerable action in the Meuse-Argonne sector of the Western Front. His letters reflect his varied duties after arriving in France and recount many of his responsibilities and impressions in the last stages of the war.

This is one of the better World War I collections in the TSLA and contains a good deal of first hand information on the American military contribution to the war.

Mf. 1112  -- James Washington Blackard Papers, 1857-1938. 1 vol. 3 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers of Rev. J. W. Blackard (?-?) consist in the main of a lengthy memoir, “Memories of Methodist Itinerant or Life Story of J. W. Blackard,” and such miscellaneous items as a biographical sketch, obituary, photographs and drawings. Rev. Blackard held small town pastorates throughout West Tennessee, was minister at several larger city congregations in Memphis and Jackson, and ended his long career as president of Lambuth College in Jackson.

Mf. 1113  -- Franklin County Historical Society Obituaries, 1889-1988. 4500 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
These obituaries were compiled by members of the Franklin County Historical Society from various newspapers in Franklin, Moore, and Coffee counties. The obituaries are arranged alphabetically.

Mf. 1114  -- William Alexander Provine Papers, 1800-1935. 2400 items. THS. 11 reels. 16 mm.
This collection centers on the career of W. A. Provine (1867-1935), Presbyterian minister and corresponding secretary of the Tennessee Historical Society and editor of its magazine. Correspondence for the years 1897-1935 deals primarily with official business of the society and denominational matters relating to the Presbyterian Church.

In his position with the state historical society, W. A. Provine collected a large volume of material on Tennessee history, and it is this secondary material--notes, articles, and clippings--that make up the bulk of the collection. This material is organized under the following general headings: Tennessee Topics, Tennessee History-Biographies, Andrew Jackson Topics, Nashville Topics, Mississippi Valley History, Denominational History, and Biographies of Ministers. Much of the material is genealogical in nature, but there is also considerable information on early Nashville settlement, French traders, Andrew Jackson anecdotes, and the early history of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Tennessee. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1115  -- Stanley Fitzgerald Horn Papers, 1938-1980. 9600 items. THS. 29 reels. 35 mm.
Stanley Horn (1889-1980) was the State Historian, an author and a businessman. Horn was an active member of many state and national organizations dedicated to preserving Tennessee’s heritage, and much information about those organizations and their activities can be gleaned from his papers. Correspondence, minutes, and financial documents are arranged according to the respective associations.

Horn was also editor and publisher of the Southern Lumberman, a trade journal of the southern timber industry, from 1917 until his death in 1980. The collection includes ample material for anyone interested in the evolution of lumbering in the South during the twentieth century.

Horn was the driving force behind the centennial commemoration of the Civil War in Tennessee, as well as the author of well regarded scholarly histories such as The Army of Tennessee and The Decisive Battle of Nashville. His correspondence, book reviews, and speeches reflect his role both as an authority on the war and a central figure in the planning of Civil War-related events during the 1960s. Many people wrote to him with questions on aspects of Confederate history, Civil War artifacts (which he collected), and book projects on the war. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1116  -- Eugene Frederic Falconnet Papers, 1857-1888. 200 items. THS. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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Eugene F. Falconnet (1832-1887) was a Swiss-born railroad engineer, soldier, metallurgist, and inventor. Falconnet emigrated to the U.S., in 1850, moving to Tennessee two years later. He worked on railroad construction in this state before the Civil War, joined the Confederate Army and served throughout the conflict, worked for various railroads and iron works after the war, and engaged in path-breaking aeronautical research on lighter-than-air craft.

The collection contains considerable correspondence on his invention of an airship, a Civil War diary, scientific journals, military records, music that Falconnet composed for some of Edgar Allen Poe’s verse, photographs and drawings, and writings. Falconnet enlisted in the 1st Tennessee Heavy Artillery and later served in the 7th and 9th Alabama Cavalry regiments. His diary of the war years contains eyewitness accounts of several important engagements as well as his views on slavery and the nature of the conflict.

Falconnet was a serious inventor and a precocious designer of dirigibles, and his papers include patents for aeronautical and iron-smelting processes and drawings of some of his prototypes. This collection is an interesting amalgam of working papers of a late nineteenth century engineer and literary individual and a unique European perspective on the American Civil War. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1117  -- Galloway Family Papers, 1832-1889. 84 items. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers of Benjamin A. Galloway (1805-1872) of Weakley County and his family, include accounts, poetry, school records, sketches, songs, and speeches, but most of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to Benjamin and his wife. Weakley County represented a pocket of Unionism during the Civil War, and Galloway ’s son Benjamin F. Galloway served in the Union 6th Tennessee Cavalry, mostly in the Trans-Mississippi theatre. His letters discuss civil unrest in Missouri, depredations and killings by bushwhackers, stealing of Negroes by Kansas Jayhawkers, and Ku Klux Klan activities.

Mf. 1118  -- Yeatman-Polk Collection - Addition, 1934-1955. 900 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 16 mm & 35 mm.
This addition to the main Yeatman-Polk collection (Mf. 1073) concerns Trezevant Player Yeatman III and his wife Nancy McDearman and their transatlantic courtship during World War II. Yeatman’s stay in England and France during the war allowed him to visit numerous historical and theatrical sites, which he described in copious personal correspondence back home to his college sweetheart Nancy McDearman in Chapel Hill, NC.

Mf. 1119  -- James W. Willis Papers. Franklin County, TN & Jackson County, AL, 1925-1980. 2400 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of eight boxes of handwritten and typescript notes made by James W. Willis (1887-198?) while conducting genealogical research on the families in the Crow Creek area near the TN-AL line. Also included is correspondence from other genealogists, some newspaper clippings, and a few printed items. Most of the material has been arranged alphabetically by family name, and there is a surname index.

Mf. 1120  -- Nell Savage Mahoney Papers, 1928-1978. 2000 items. THS. 11 reels. 16 mm.
Nashville native Nell Savage Mahoney (1889-1986) was an architectural historian, interior designer, and journalist. Mahoney assembled data on two architects: Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the builder of the first Capitol in Washington and William Strickland, Latrobe’s student and the architect of the Tennessee State Capitol. Mahoney’s extensive research in the TSLA and the National Archives on early American architecture is reflected in copious notes and writings.

There is a sizeable group of photographs and portraits of early Nashville buildings, artists and their subjects. Material on historic houses, families, and interiors of homes is also represented. As a part-time resident of a Monteagle cottage, she developed a strong interest in the history of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly and the Chautauqua movement, writing a number of articles and talks on the subject. This collection is especially useful for individuals interested in Nashville architecture and the history of fine arts in early Tennessee and the nation in general. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1121  -- Smith Springs Baptist Church Records - Addition. Nashville, 1985-1989. 10 vols. 7 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Smith Springs Baptist Church include church bulletins, minutes of meetings, associational letters, church directories, newsletters, and clippings related to this Davidson County church and its members.

Mf. 1122  -- Burritt College Records. Van Buren County, 1846-1915. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Burritt College consist of minutes of stockholders’ and Board of Trustee meetings. There is a handwritten charter in addition to the minutes for this small, secular academy near Spencer.

Mf. 1123  -- Dr. Patterson East Records. Macon County, 1895-1940. 20 vols. 10 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Dr. Patterson East consist of account books, ledgers, journals, medical records, programs, and remedies. Of particular interest are the birth records 1919-35.

Mf. 1124  -- Young and Brockette Account Book, 1858. TSLA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Young and Brockette account book from Macon County, Tennessee records sales in 1858, primarily between April and November.

Mf. 1125  -- Macon Brown Prince Genealogical Collection, 1889-1971. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of genealogical data concerning various families in Bedford and Marshall counties, including the Brown, Cates, Coble, Crump-Snell and Gordon families (volume 1) and the Hastings, Himes, Holloway, Keyser, Prince-Ray, Ray and Shofner families (volume 2).

Mf. 1126  -- William Ewing Beard Papers, 1900-1950. 1500 items. THS. 23 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers concern the career of W. E. Beard (1873-1950), soldier, journalist, war correspondent, naval historian, and long-time officer of the Tennessee Historical Commission. Although the collection contains a great variety of notes, documents, photographs, obituaries, military records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, maps, and speeches, its chief value lies in the wealth of World War Two material it offers.

Among the topics covered are German naval operations; the campaigns of General Douglas A. MacArthur (Beard was an uncle of Jean Faircloth MacArthur, the general’s wife); naval and air operations in the Pacific theatre; and the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946, the famous “Operation Crossroads.” Especially noteworthy are a number of contemporary photographs of wartime events and personalities.

Beard was also a devoted student of early Tennessee history and Confederate military history. A journalist for the Nashville Banner, he wrote many columns on Tennessee battles and generals, particularly the campaigns of cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. There are speeches on the military significance of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and on naval figures from Tennessee.

The W. E. Beard papers offer considerable data on a wide range of topics in Tennessee military history, particularly during the mid-twentieth century. There is a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1127  -- First United Methodist Church Records. Tullahoma, 1941-1945, 1984-1989. 2 vols. 1 item. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma, Coffee County, consist of a register of Soldier’s Lounge, which was run by the church during World War II, and a church directory for 1984. The register, covering the war years 1941-45, lists soldier’s name, outfit, home, and denomination, while the church directory lists ministers of the church, families, and various classes. A newsletter, dated December 1989, from the Center for the Study of War and Society and the World War II Veteran’s Project, is also included.

Mf. 1128  -- James Riley Turner Papers, 1924-1990. 170 items. TSLA. 10 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
James Riley Turner (1903- ) was a major league baseball pitcher, manager and coach of Nashville. The collection is composed of clippings, correspondence, diaries, an interview, journals, notes, photographs, scrapbooks, and several miscellaneous items. Turner spent 51 consecutive years in a baseball uniform and pitched for the Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Yankees.

From 1949-59 and again from 1966-73, Turner was pitching coach for the Yankees, and a large part of the collection consists of diaries and journals which he kept on his own and opposing pitchers. Spring training notes, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings follow Turner’s major league career, much of it during the heyday of the Yankees’ domination of the American League. A taped interview done in 1990 by TSLA staff reviews Turner’s long association with major league baseball.

Mf. 1129  -- First Presbyterian Church Records. Gallatin, 1852-1990. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin, Sumner County, consist of registers of membership 1852-1990. These registers include pastors, ruling elders, deacons, trustees, chronological roll of active members, affiliate members (births), baptized persons, marriages, and deaths.

Mf. 1130  -- Campbell-Hunt Family Papers, 1802-1891. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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David Campbell (1802-1889) was a lawyer, chancellor, judge, and state legislator of Nashville. George H. Hunt was an Episcopal minister of Tuscaloosa, AL. Except for the time period, there is no obvious connection between David Campbell and the Hunt family.

The bulk of the materials are Campbell ’s briefs pertaining to a variety of court cases from Davidson and Williamson counties. His correspondence is mostly of a business nature; Campbell was an incorporator of the Nashville and Decatur Railroad. Hunt’s correspondence is primarily between him and his wife, Inez Rodes of Pulaski, and is concentrated during the period 1868-77, when they lived apart.

Mf. 1131  -- First Presbyterian Church Records. Knoxville, 1939-1989. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, consist of membership records 1939-89. They include pastors, ruling elders, deacons, trustees, a chronological roll of active members, affiliate members (births), baptized persons, marriages, and deaths.

Mf. 1132  -- Tennessee Dental Association Records, 1988-1989. 12 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the Tennessee Dental Association include proceedings of the House of Delegates and the Board of Trustees 1988-89. These proceedings contain financial and budget reports, correspondence, and minutes.

Mf. 1133  -- Robert Brinkley Lea Papers, 1849-1900. 130 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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These are papers of Robert B. Lea (1849-1895), descendant of an early Tennessee family, Nashville lawyer, and Memphis property owner, and other members of the Lea family. These papers consist of accounts, correspondence, financial and legal documents, obituaries, school records, and vital records. The heart of the collection is approximately 95 letters from Lea to his father, Judge John M. Lea of Nashville. Many were written during his school days at Yale and his extensive travels in Europe during the 1870s. About a third of the correspondence consists of letters of condolence, along with police documents in French, regarding Lea’s apparent suicide at a hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. See also Mf. 453 and Mf. 1137 for other Lea papers.

Mf. 1134  -- Howard L. Hill Writings, 1956-1973 and Historic Hamblen, 1870-1970. 4 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Howard L. Hill collection consists of scrapbooks of clippings of Hill’s “Faces and Places” column. The primary subject of the column is the history of Hamblen County and Morristown. Also included in the collection is a volume titled Historic Hamblen, 1870-1970, which contains articles on communities in Hamblen County.

Mf. 1135  -- Wilson ’s Department Store Account Books. Coffee County, 1921-1955. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Wilson ’s Department Store, Tullahoma, consist of account books with a daily record of sales as well as notes about the clerks, weather, deaths, and other local news.

Mf. 1136  -- James Emerick Nagy Collection -- Addition, 1723-1985. 13,500 items. TSLA. 8 reels. 16 mm.
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This is an addition to the papers of James Emerick Nagy (1903-1987), educator, scholar, and historian of the early days of public education in Nashville. This addition (see also Mf. 1052) contains items concerning Nagy’s personal life as well as his research on the public school system. The personal records consist of account books, cemetery records, certificates, correspondence, financial and legal documents, notebooks, obituaries, and writings. Other miscellaneous information includes clippings, diaries, genealogical data, lists of school employees, bound volumes of newspaper clippings, photographs, printed material, school records, theses, and minutes and annual reports dealing with early education in Nashville.

The strength of this collection lies in the hundreds of historic photographs of Nashville schools, students, teachers and administrators.

Mf. 1137  -- John Overton Lea Papers, 1803-1907. 570 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This is an addition to the (not microfilmed) papers of John Overton Lea (1846-1912), descendant of early Tennessee families, lawyer, champion cattle breeder, and Nashville and Memphis property holder. The papers concern John Overton Lea and family members, including John M. Lea (1818-1903) and Ella (Cocke) Lea (1846-1935).

The papers consist of accounts (bills and receipts); applications (Registers of the American Sussex Association); certificates; correspondence; financial documents; land records; legal documents; school records; and writings. Many items closely parallel those in the main collection, highlighting the years between Overton’s college education and his death in 1912; but mainly concern family matters and travel.

The family lived at Lealand, the prominent 1100 acre estate located near the Overtons’ home Traveller’s Rest. Land records include deeds and indentures dating from 1803 and concern the estate and several businesses in downtown Nashville. There are over 400 letters between members of the Lea family 1873-1907. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content. See also Mf. 453 and Mf. 1133 for other Lea papers.

Mf. 1138  -- Overton Family Genealogical Data. 1 item. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
An Overton family genealogy chart.

Mf. 1139  -- William Burrow Papers, 1829-1918. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The personal records of William Burrow (?-?), who lived in Macon County, consist of accounts, court records, land records, tax receipts, and other miscellaneous items.

Mf. 1140  -- Magistrate’s Docket. Macon County, 1873-1910. 1 vol. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the magistrate of Macon County consist of one volume of justice-of-the-peace records, including the date of trial, the parties’ names, and judgments rendered. This record book is not indexed, rather arranged in chronological order.

Mf. 1141  -- Lovelady-Parker Family Papers, 1802-1902. 150 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers consist primarily of land records of the Lovelady and Parker families in Macon and Smith counties. Also included in the collection are accounts, court records, financial documents, military records, and tax receipts.

Mf. 1142  -- John Walton Ross Papers, 1891-1919. 1500 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of John Walton Ross (1843-1920) of Clarksville, U.S. Navy surgeon and medical administrator serving in the U.S. and Havana, Cuba, contain correspondence, accounts, diaries, orders, reports, memorabilia, and sketches. The bulk of the material falls in the years 1904-05 when Dr. Ross assisted Dr. W.C. Gorgas in research on the causes of and cures for yellow fever. Ross kept diaries in 1897 and 1899, which contain information on conditions in Cuba at the time. The reports include some data on yellow fever epidemics in Florida (1896), in the North Atlantic Squadron of the U.S. Navy (1898), and in Cuba (1899); as well as hospital conditions in Cuba in the early 1900s. The sketches are of Ross’ cottage in Cuba and a road plan (including hospitals) of Havana. Seven medical account books dating 1885-92 give case histories of Dr. Ross’ patients.

Mf. 1143  -- Drane Family Papers, 1719-1928. 7 vols. 900 items. TSLA 3 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of Dr. Walter H. Drane, Clarksville (Montgomery County), physician and businessman of the 19th century, contain correspondence, public addresses, legal documents, genealogical data, and memorabilia of Drane’s family. Dr. Drane provided the bulk of the correspondence (1824-65), and letters written during his extensive travels give interesting insights into such cities as 19th century Pittsburgh, Louisville, London and Paris. Drane’s three sons, William, James and Hugh served in the Confederate Army, enlisting in the 14th Tennessee Infantry that organized in Clarksville. Father and sons wrote many letters around the period of the Civil War. James Drane’s letters describe congressional debates on secession and his experiences with the 14th Tennessee Infantry. William Drane’s letters describe the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). Dr. Drane’s letters tell of his work as a volunteer surgeon; he writes of the army’s plight when hundreds of Confederates were stricken with typhoid fever and dysentery. The collection contains some genealogical information on the Drane, Hampton, and Gibson lines.

Mf. 1144  -- Whitefoord R. Cole Collection of Felix Grundy Papers, 1818-1951. 800 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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The collection of family papers of Whitefoord R. Cole, Jr. (1903-?) contain correspondence and other papers of Felix Grundy (1777-1833), who was Cole’s great-great grandfather, and John M. Bass (1826-1878). Grundy served in the Kentucky legislature and later was elected to Congress from Tennessee. He was an eloquent spokesman for the early western states, and in the years leading to the War of 1812 was one of the chief congressional “War Hawks” favoring confrontation with Britain. Bass was Grundy’s son-in-law and a wealthy financier.

The papers contain accounts, correspondence, diaries, genealogical data, indentures, wills, court and estate papers, land grants, stocks, receivership papers for the City of Nashville (1869), programs, writings, and some miscellaneous memoranda. Most of the papers fall within the years 1818-1900 and deal with well-known persons such as Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, Jacob McGavock, Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun.

Genealogical data on the Bass, Berry, Caldwell, Daughtery, Grundy, McGavock, Ogden, Rodgers, Wharton and White families is included. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.

Mf. 1145  -- Foster Family Papers, 1799-1918. 500 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of Joseph Foster (1792-1865), farmer and public official of Maury County. The collection is comprised of accounts, correspondence, court records, genealogical data, land records, legal documents, military records, printed materials, slave records, tax records, and several miscellaneous items. A major portion of the papers is legal documents, most of which reflect Joseph Foster’s responsibilities as administrator or guardian. The military records are concentrated on the Civil War. Some unusual documents in the collection include an agreement between Joseph Foster and the blacks on his farm and a weaving pattern. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.

Mf. 1146  -- Charlotte Coleman Burt Family Papers, 1863-1984. 1000 items. 2 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 16 mm.
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Charlotte Coleman Burt (1904-1987) was an artist and teacher. She served as art supervisor for the public schools in Bogata, NJ for over twenty years before retiring to Knoxville. The papers, concentrated in the years 1935-75, include certificates, clippings, correspondence, costume designs, currency and bank notes, a diary, genealogical data, legal documents, memorabilia, military records, photographs, drawings and poetry, printed material, school records and writings.

Correspondence comprises over half of the collection and is largely that of the family of Charlotte Coleman Burt. Her diary is a typed narrative and is illustrated with clippings and photographs. There are also a substantial number of Mrs. Burt’s drawings of folk costumes. Genealogical data is on Robert Coleman (1658-1713) and his descendants. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.

Mf. 1147  -- Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Tennessee Collection, 1933-1942. 150 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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These are assorted papers of the Tennessee activities of the CCC,1933-42, created as a Federal employment relief program concentrating on conservation work. The CCC built the first state parks in Tennessee. The collection consists of correspondence, interviews, memorabilia, military records, photographs, a song, reports and information on the 50th anniversary reunion of CCC Co. 1455 in 1983.

There is some correspondence from Tennesseans who served, generally concerning items in the collection. There are nineteen recorded interviews with several former CCC workers. Military records include certificates of discharge, company histories, menus and rosters. The photographs are of individuals, small groups or companies, and camp barracks, conservation work and recreational activities. There are two field reports, one on Fall Creek Falls Recreational Demonstration Area and one on Montgomery Bell Project Reclamation Area. For additional information see Record Group #93.

Mf. 1148  -- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records. Cleveland, Bradley County, 1837-1986. 29 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cleveland consist of minutes of session (vols. 1-16); minutes of the Board of Deacons (vols. 17-18); the church roll book (vols. 19-22); minutes of the Christian Endeavor Society (vol. 23); minutes of the District Sunday School Convention, 1891-96 (vol. 24); and minutes of various ladies’ organizations (vols. 25-29).

Mf. 1149  -- Chattanooga Presbyterial, Cumberland Presbyterian Women, Records, 1930-1988. 8 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the Chattanooga Presbyterial Cumberland Presbyterian Women consist of minutes of meetings, financial reports, and other miscellaneous records.

Mf. 1150  -- Warren Jasper Benson Papers, 1810-1961. 100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers of Warren Jasper Benson and his family of Lawrence and Robertson counties are arranged in chronological order, the papers consist of deeds, correspondence, and other material relating to the Benson and Woodard families. The register includes an item description.

Mf. 1151  -- Stokes and Tubb Papers, 1818-1888. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
These are the papers of William Brickle Stokes and Capt. James Tubb. Stokes served with the Tennessee Cavalry, USA and in Congress; he was a candidate for governor in 1869. James Tubb, War of 1812 officer, was related by marriage to the Stokes family.

The Stokes papers consist of correspondence and legal documents. The bulk of the correspondence falls in the 1880s, but some dates from the 1870s during the Reconstruction period. The Tubb papers are comprised of commissions, contracts, receipts and accounts 1811-64; genealogical data about the Tubb family; Tubb’s War of 1812 muster roll; and his day book 1851-62. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date.

Mf. 1152  -- Walter King Hoover Collection, 1810-1949. 290 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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The collection of Walter King Hoover (1910- ) of Smyrna, consists of accounts, applications, bills of sale for slaves, certificates, correspondence, court records, estate papers, military records, photographs, poems, promissory notes, receipts, and a few miscellaneous items concentrated in the years of the Civil War. The collection includes 136 letters of Confederate and Union soldiers. Prominent among the Confederate correspondents is Major Henry Connor MacLaughlin (1833-1870) of Nashville, who enlisted in the Confederate service with the Vicksburg Light Artillery Regiment. Letters of James A. Hall, quartermaster of the 24th Alabama Infantry, are included and describe regimental activities near Murfreesboro. Letters also include those of Thomas B. Hall of Montgomery, AL, a member of a regiment attached to General Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, which describe campaigns of the army in Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky in 1862. Major D.H.C. Spence, District Commissary of Subsistence for West Tennessee, writes letters about supplies for the Confederate armies under General Forrest and General Hood. The letters of Charles W. Sayer of the 142 nd New York describe his stay in an army hospital. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1153  -- Figuers Family Papers, 1764-1965. 1 vol. 700 items. TSLA. 1 reel, 16 mm; 1 reel, 35 mm.
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The papers of Sherrell and Alice Overton Figuers of Columbia and Nashville are comprised of Civil War letters and other correspondence; a diary, a memoir and biographical sketches; deeds, wills, marriage licenses and military records; newspaper clippings, obituaries and photographs; a thesis; and genealogical data.

There are several letters, 1862-64, from Major Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, 3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States of America, who served as courier for the Confederate States of America command to Grant at the surrender of Fort Donelson. Cheairs’ memoir, 1861-65, details his war experiences at Fort Donelson and in the service of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and General Joseph E. Johnston, and his return home to Rippavilla near Spring Hill. Photographs show Cheairs outside Rippavilla.

The 1985 addition consists largely of genealogical data on the Cheairs, Greer, McKissick, Moore, and allied families of Davidson, Maury and Williamson counties.

Mf. 1154  -- Rebekah Senter Collection, 1600-1969. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This is a collection of genealogical data on the Allen, Armstrong, Dodson (Dotson), Hanks, Hightower, Lapsley, Senter, Witherspoon, and related families of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. The largest part of the collection is letters written by Frank Fuller to Rebekah Senter about the Dodson family. There are also copies of wills, marriage records, Bible records, pension records and deeds. An addition consists of genealogical data on the families of Baugh, Cureton, Dickson, Grigsby, Hough, Ellis, Eppes, Rogers, and Senter (Center). A second addition consists of genealogical data on the families of Baugh, Coldough, Senter, and West.

Mf. 1155  -- Ida Hamilton Thompson Dickinson Genealogical Collection, ca. 1660-1945. 70 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The collection of Ida Dickinson (1884-1963) is composed of genealogical data, charts and correspondence, with documentation in the form of deeds, census records, maps, marriage and parish records, wills and excerpts from published histories. Families included are the Bedingers of Pennsylvania and Virginia; Boones of Maryland; Claibornes of Virginia; Dorseys of Maryland; Hites of Pennsylvania and Virginia; Howards of Maryland; Morgans of Virginia; Overtons of Davidson County, Tennessee; Swearingens of Holland, Maryland, and Virginia; Thompsons of Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee; Vaughns of Davidson County, Tennessee; and the Whites of Knox County, Tennessee. Many descendants of these families settled in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Mf. 1156  -- Fergusson Family Papers -- Addition (1988), 1829-1972. 200 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This addition to the papers of the prominent Fergusson family of Tennessee and Texas, is composed of correspondence, diaries, financial documents, genealogies, invitations, photographs and printed material. The largest part of the collection is correspondence between members of the family, primarily the two sons, Frank K. and Sterling Price Fergusson. Some deals with pension requests and provides valuable genealogical information on veterans. Other items include newspaper clippings highlighting the career of Frank and Sterling Fergusson, two diaries of Adam Fergusson, information concerning the US Military Academy, and photographs of the family.

This collection complements the main body of Fergusson Family Papers (see also Mf. 102, Mf. 1260, and Mf. 1456). The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.

Mf. 1157  -- Malcolm Rice Patterson Papers, ca. 1895-1935. 2 vols. 2000 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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These are the papers of Malcolm Rice Patterson (1861-1935) of Shelby County, Tennessee Governor, U.S. Representative, judge, columnist, lecturer and advocate of temperance.

Most of the papers relate to Patterson’s political career, with special emphasis on his hard-fought gubernatorial campaigns of 1906, 1908, 1910, and 1932. The collection is composed of newspaper clippings; correspondence; accounts, 1910-39; an arithmetic notebook belonging to Mary Gardner Patterson; campaign mementos; envelopes and invitations; land records, 1924-39; a leaflet entitled “Patterson vs. Carmack: Appeal to Reason;” a legal brief for Williams v. Tennessee; legal documents, 1933-37; a magazine, probably from India; memorandums; articles and clippings about the night riders of Reelfoot Lake in Obion County; obituaries of Patterson and his third wife Mary Russell (Gardner) Patterson; pamphlets; platform of the Tennessee Democratic Party for 1908; photographs; poetry; political cartoons; proclamations, 1901-10; religious materials; scrapbooks; speeches; and temperance materials. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1158  -- Joseph Smith Fowler Papers, 1809-1902. 100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers of Joseph Smith Fowler (1820-1902), college professor and president, state comptroller, U.S. Senator and attorney are concentrated in the period 1871-1902, following Flower’s retirement from the Senate, the papers are comprised primarily of correspondence concerning the settlement of Fowler’s estate, letters to family members, speeches, genealogical data, newspaper clippings, legal records and licenses. Much of the material is personal and concerns family members.

Genealogical data on the Fowler and Embry families can be found in the correspondence files. Some information on the Howard Female Institute at Gallatin is furnished in pamphlet and scrapbook material. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content. See also Mf. 621 for other Fowler papers.

Mf. 1159  -- Edgar McNish Papers, 1783-1867. 50 items. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
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The papers collected by Edgar McNish mostly pertain to the estate of John Rice, who was killed in 1791 and left an estate of more than 100,000 acres of land in Tennessee. The collection includes several contracts, deeds, and statements involving land transactions between Elisha Rice and John Overton, who obtained control of most of the Rice estate. Other documents concerning the Rice estate involve land transactions between Overton and his business partners Andrew Jackson and James Winchester. Also included are papers concerning a tract of land in Nashville owned by Charles Gerrard. Register available, including a descriptive content list.

Mf. 1160  -- Weaver Family Papers, 1820-1916. 1 vol. 330 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
Demsey Weaver (1815-1880) was a cashier of Planters’ Bank, one of the three great ante-bellum banks of Tennessee. Planters’ parent bank was located in Nashville, with branches throughout the state. In 1865, Weaver was made Receiver of the bank. The papers are composed of accounts, bills and receipts; legal papers; and business and family correspondence. Bank documents include statements of assets and liabilities, 1857-59; a list of Philadelphia stockholders, and lists of assets to be sold, 1875.

The bulk of the correspondence concerns the cotton market in which the Planters’ Bank invested and is from W.A. Johnson & Co., cotton factor in New Orleans, 1859-74. Other correspondence covers business and family matters, 1853-1911. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.

Mf. 1161  -- John Stewart Ramage Papers, 1808-1933. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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John Stewart Ramage (1835-1918) entered his father’s shoe store as a partner after finishing school and continued in the business for more than half a century. The papers contain correspondence, legal documents (wills, deeds, bills of sale), stock certificates and receipts, and Ramage’s naturalization papers, 1855. The legal documents include an 1808 case concerning land in the Mero District with participants William T. Lewis and Stockley Donelson. The register includes a descriptive content list.

Mf. 1162  -- Thomas Edward Abernathy Papers, 1787-1882. 1 vol. 670 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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Thomas Edward Abernathy (1794-1870) was a Giles County justice of the peace and land agent ca. 1830-70. The papers contain accounts (bills, notes, receipts), correspondence, diaries, instructions for operating a mill, legal documents (agreements and indentures), information on the Columbia, Pulaski, Elkton, and Alabama Turnpike Company, the will of Richard Scott, and a few miscellaneous items.

Most of the material is accounts and correspondence. The correspondence is all incoming, primarily from A.W. Taylor, 1847-48 and M.S. Temple, 1835-42. Both groups of letters are concerned with land sales and purchases. Other letters are from relatives and Lucy Ann Pully, Abernathy’s ward. A diary dated 1826 contains genealogical data; another contains a few entries 1833-36 and primarily concerns Abernathy’s religious life.

Mf. 1163  -- Alfred Elliott Howell Papers, 1842-1935. 30 vols. 600 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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The papers of Alfred Elliott Howell (1863-1931), manufacturer and musician, are composed of diaries, memoirs, account books, autograph albums, family and general correspondence, and a few miscellaneous items. The family correspondence, 1880-1931, is the largest part of the collection, containing many letters of Howell and his wife, Jennie (Thompson) Howell. There are also letters from their children and Jennie’s sisters. Howell, a violinist, kept a list of all the weddings for which he played. Eleven small diaries 1922-31 reflect his life and work in New Jersey.

Mf. 1164  -- Joseph Branch O’Bryan Papers, 1836-1884. 4 vols. 75 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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The papers of Joseph B. O’Bryan (1838-1900) are centered on the O’Bryan and Harrison families and are composed of correspondence, legal documents, invitations, election tickets, a diary, a college catalog, sketches, and genealogical data on the Belser, Gray, O’Bryan, Tabue, and related families. The correspondence includes several letters from O’Bryan to his sisters during the Civil War from camps in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama.

One little volume contains the diary kept by one of the O’Bryan sisters beginning in February 1862, on receiving news of the fall of Fort Donelson and ending in July of the same year. The diary contains a description of a trip from Nashville to Red Fork, Arkansas and return.

Genealogical notes deal with the families of Toole, O’Bryan, Simpson, Branch, and Williams.

There are other items dealing with the political career of Horace Harrison (1829-85), legislator, district attorney and U.S. Representative, and O’Bryan’s grandson.

Mf. 1165  -- Barnsley Family Papers, 1825-1908. 850 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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Godfrey Barnsley (1805-1873) was agent for Liverpool import and export brokers with offices in Savannah and New Orleans. The papers are composed of correspondence, account books, maps, military papers, genealogical data and memorabilia relating chiefly to the Barnsley family and their plantation, Woodlands, in Bartow County, GA.

The correspondence contains much information on economic conditions in the South after the Civil War and on the careers of Barnsley ’s sons George and Lucien, who joined an ex-Confederate group that migrated to South America. Their letters describe the political, social and economic conditions in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and other areas of Brazil. Also included are Civil War letters and documents of Peter Baltzelle, provost marshal of the Confederate Army. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date.

Mf. 1166  -- H.F. Hoover Funeral Home Records. Bedford County, 1904-1941. 12 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
The records of the H.F. Hoover Funeral Home in Shelbyville include the deceased’s age, death, burial date, cause of death, and place of burial.

Mf. 1167  -- Daniel May Papers, 1890-1982. 2200 items. THS. 3 reels. 16 mm.
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Daniel May (1898-1982), was a Nashville industrialist and community leader whose father, Jacob May (1861-1946), founded the May Hosiery Mill. The bulk of the papers are limited to the years 1945-74. The collection is composed of accounts, clippings, correspondence, genealogical data on the May family, legal documents, photographs, speeches, and several miscellaneous items.

May, a prominent businessman, was also an active member and officer of civic and educational organizations. His correspondence, which makes up about one-half of the collection, reflects both the business and civic nature of his activities. Many letters and photographs concern the operations of the hosiery mill in the years following World War II. See also Mf. 1546 for additional papers of Daniel May.

Mf. 1168  -- Austin Heaton Merrill Papers, 1825-1966. 1 vol. 962 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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These are papers of Austin H. Merrill (1859-1900), school principal and professor of elocution, and other family members including Pearl (Daniel) Merrill (1869-1953). In 1886 Merrill founded the School of Expression at Vanderbilt University and became a well known dramatic reader and recitalist. The collection is composed of account books; advertisements, cards and clippings; correspondence, diaries and notebooks; obituaries and photographs; drawings and poetry; and invitations, programs, and tributes. Most of the papers concern Pearl Merrill, Austin ’s wife and the sister of Mary Daniel Moore, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist 1929-49. There are also nine letters from and a photograph of Pearl ’s nephew Merrill Moore, psychiatrist, poet and member of the “Fugitives” literary group at Vanderbilt. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1169  -- McGavock-Hayes Family Papers, 1784-1888. 2000 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 16 mm.
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This collection is centered on the families of Oliver Bliss Hayes Sr. and Jr.(1783-1858 and 1825-1868, respectively) and Lysander McGavock (1800-1855), all prominent residents of Davidson and Williamson counties. The collection includes correspondence, indentures, estate papers, accounts, some medical items, a few race course documents, and school accounts. There are a number of Civil War items in the collection, including letters from Washington and Nashville on the eve of the war’s outbreak and during the occupation of Nashville. Twenty-two letters 1835-82 are from Adelicia (Hayes Franklin Acklen) Cheatham, socialite and businesswoman.

Mf. 1170  -- David Hubbard Papers, 1807-1871. 240 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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This collection is based on David Hubbard (1792-1874), War of 1812 officer, land speculator, Alabama state legislator and Confederate congressman and Indian Affairs Commissioner. Hubbard’s incoming correspondence makes up the largest part of the collection, including letters from John C. Calhoun, James K. Polk, D. H. Lewis and Henry Wise. Many of the letters from the 1830s through the 1850s contain high-level discussions of national, as well as Tennessee and Alabama politics, especially the impending crisis over slavery. The register includes name indices to personal and political correspondence.

Mf. 1171  -- Junior Order of United American Mechanics, 1896-1971. 8 vols. TSLA. 5 reels. 35 mm.
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The records reflect the activities of this important turn-of-the-century fraternal and philanthropic organization in Middle Tennessee. Among their activities was the building and operation of orphanages where older children and teenagers lived and were trained in various mechanical arts. The records include constitution and by-laws, financial reports, membership lists, minute books, pledge books, and ritual manuals.

Mf. 1172  -- Pope Family Papers, 1829-1906. 77 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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The papers are centered on the families of Dr. Samuel Pride (1799-1863), physician, and Rev. Fielding Pope (? - ? ), of Blount and Williamson counties. The collection is composed of Freemasonry and church records, correspondence, currency, diaries, financial documents, military records, and slave and school records. Most of the correspondence is of a family nature, although there is one letter from Pride to his wife describing the recent Battle of Chickamauga in October of 1863. Military records include returns of officers’ elections, passes, and orders of the 3rd Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States of America.

Mf. 1173  -- Boyd Family Papers, 1838-1947. 1 vol. 3000 items. TSLA. 7 reels. 16 mm.
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These are the papers of John Franklin Boyd (1852-1936), a businessman and church official, and his wife, Amie Dove (Forman) Boyd (1856-1953), of Shelbyville. The collection consists of accounts; albums and photographs; cemetery records, obituaries and genealogical data; clippings, scrapbooks and writings; correspondence; estate and land records; invitations and programs; and school records. Boyd was deeply involved in the corn and flour milling business, and some of the letters concern the operation of grain mills in the late 19th and early 20th century. As founder of Duck River Power and president of Davidson Light and Power, Boyd played a significant role in the early development of the electric power industry, and the collection includes accounts and business agreements pertaining to these utilities. There is a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1174  -- James Strong Moffatt Account Books. Troy, Obion County, 1848-1928. 166 vols. TSLA. 29 reels. 16 mm.
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The papers of J. S. Moffatt (1808-1890), Troy businessman, concern the operation of his general store, which dealt in tobacco, wheat and cotton, as well as dry goods and merchandise. The collection contains a checkbook, daybooks, journals, ledgers, letterbooks and voucher books relating to the business, originally the firm of Polk, Crockett & Co.

Mf. 1175  -- Samuel Cole Williams Papers, 1765-1947. 800 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 16 mm.
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Samuel Cole Williams (1864-1947) was an attorney, historian and Supreme Court Justice. The collection contains accounts; clippings, diaries and memoirs; correspondence; land and court records; genealogical data; and notes, photographs, sketches and writings. A large part of the collection is composed of Williams’ notes on the early history of Tennessee. He was the author of several important books on frontier history. Correspondence generally consists of letters from historians responding to Williams’ inquiries. Many prominent political and intellectual figures wrote to him. Genealogists also wrote with inquiries, and the collection includes biographical material on pioneer settlers. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1176  -- Conner Family Papers, 1817-1940. 800 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers of Samuel Conner (1796-1859) and his son George Conner (1819-ca.1890), land agents in Weakley County, consist of correspondence, accounts, legal papers, maps, and newspaper clippings. The collection is primarily the correspondence of the Conners and concerns collecting rent, paying taxes, and arranging sales of land in Weakley and Obion counties for patrons in Middle and East Tennessee, 1830-80. There is also some genealogical data on the families of Love, Welch, Hickey, Rogers, and Allen The register includes a name index to correspondence from the Conners’ clients.

Mf. 1177  -- North Carolina Secretary of State Land Grant Office. Warrants, Surveys, and Related Documents (in the Tennessee territory), 1735-1957. NCDAH. 48 reels. 3 reels (index) are 16 mm; 45 are 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a valuable collection of early land records for that part of western North Carolina which became Tennessee. These records of the North Carolina Land Office consist of the warrants, affidavits, plats and assignments of military land allocated to veterans of the North Carolina Continental Line for service in the Revolutionary War. The records are arranged by county or district where the grants were located and include the original military warrants on which the grants were based, plats showing the metes and bounds of each tract, and lists of the assignees to whom the warrants were sold by their original soldier-owners. These records represent the early stages of the process by which North Carolina soldiers, their heirs and assignees received land grants for military service in the Revolution. There is a name index to warrant holders.

Mf. 1178  -- Cheairs and Hughes Family Papers, 1636-1967. 500 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
The papers are centered on Nathaniel F. Cheairs (1818-1914), Civil War staff officer and businessman of Spring Hill, Tennessee. The collection is composed of Bible records and genealogical data; clippings and obituaries; correspondence and journals; and estate papers, inventories, land and military records. Most of the legal documents deal with the Cheairs plantation Rippavilla in Maury County, and the genealogical data with the Cheairs and Hughes families of that county.

Cheairs carried the surrender message from Gen. Simon B. Buckner to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Fort Donelson in February, 1862. Many of the letters relate to his Civil War experiences, including his ordeal as a prisoner of war. There is also a serialization of his wartime memoir and articles on the fall of Fort Donelson and the assassination of Gen. Earl Van Dorn in Spring Hill. Note: all the papers in this collection are photocopies. See also Mf. 1153 for other Cheairs material.

Mf. 1179  -- Edward Ward Carmack, Jr. Papers, 1851-1968. 6 vols. 2100 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 16 mm.
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This collection is based on the career of Edward Ward Carmack, Jr. (1899-1972), lawyer, businessman, newspaper editor and publisher and politician of Columbia and Murfreesboro. After a long career in newspapers and legal work in Middle Tennessee, Carmack ran unsuccessfully for the U. S. Senate in 1942 and 1946, and the collection faithfully records these campaigns. The bulk of the papers consist of Carmack’s business, personal and political correspondence, some with Estes Kefauver, Lewis Pope and Gordon Browning. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1180  -- Hardeman Family Papers, 1806-1885. 1 vol. 44 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of Thomas Hardeman (1750-1833) of Davidson County and two of his sons, Thomas Jones Hardeman (1788-1854) and Bailey Hardeman (1795-1836). The collection is concentrated in the period 1806-50 and is composed of an account book, certificates, correspondence, court, land and military records, and promissory notes. The bulk of the papers consist of letters of the Hardeman family, concerning such subjects as the War of 1812, the value of Texas money, buying and selling of slaves, a yellow fever epidemic in Natchez, cotton prices, and land sales in the Mississippi Territory.

Mf. 1181  -- David Burford Papers, 1810-1915. 450 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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David Burford (1791-1864) was an army officer, merchant, and state legislator of Smith County. Most of the collection is concentrated in the period 1814-40 and is composed of accounts; correspondence; court and election records; legal and military documents; stockbreeding records; genealogical data; and slave records.

Burford was an officer in the 7th Regiment, U.S. Army during the War of 1812, and there are various militia records from before and after the war. He was in business in Carthage following the war, and much of his correspondence concerns the tobacco and financial markets during the Panic of 1819 and his dealings with New Orleans factors and merchants. Users will find a number of slave bills of sale and discussions of the ups and down in the slave market during the 1820s and 1830s.

Mf. 1182  -- Jesse Maxwell Overton Papers, 1886-1981. 40 items. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This small collection is centered on Jesse M. Overton (1863-1922), businessman, stock breeder and civic leader and his wife, Sadie Williams Overton (1872-1963), civic and cultural leader of Nashville. The collection is composed of a cartoon, clippings, correspondence, genealogical data, obituaries, photographs, a guest register for Overton Hall (later Crieve Hall), and printed materials. There are a number of significant photographs of Overton’s stock farm and members of his family.

Mf. 1183  -- John Williams Overton Papers, 1917-1982. 2 vols. 150 items. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The papers concern the college and military career of John Williams Overton (1894-1918), scion of a prominent Nashville family, Yale University track star, and U.S. Marine officer killed in action at the Second Battle of the Marne during World War I. The collection is concentrated in the period 1917-23 and is composed of clippings, correspondence, genealogical data, maps, a memoir, military records, photographs, poetry, a scrapbook, a sketch and tributes. Several interesting items chronicle events in wartime France, including a memoir written by a French infantry officer recounting intense fighting on the western front in 1915 and letters written by Lt. Overton home to his parents. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1184  -- Mount Olivet Cemetery Records. Nashville, 1912-1989. 2 vols. TSLA. 4 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is the plat book and interment records of Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Davidson County. The plat book details the locations of graves and is divided by section. The interment records list lot number, owner of lot, type of vault, funeral home, and name of the deceased. The names of those buried are alphabetized under the date of interment. See also Mf. 576 and Mf. 1489 for other records of Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mf. 1185  -- Dake Family Papers, 1828-1974. 215 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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This collection centers on a family of homeopathic physicians in Nashville, Jabez P. Dake (1828-1894), his wife Elizabeth Church Dake (1826-1908), and their five sons, all of whom became doctors. There is genealogical data on the Dakes and related families such as Church, Dudley, Fletcher, Morris, Wiggan, Wilson, and Wyatt, in addition to obituaries, largely unidentified photographs, post cards and biographical sketches. Some of Jabez Dake’s writings and sketches shed light on the practices of homeopathic physicians during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Mf. 1186  -- Christ United Methodist Church Records. Memphis, 1955-1990. 3300 items. 51 vols. TSLA. 4 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Christ United Methodist Church consist of membership directories and lists; minutes of meetings; mission reports; and clippings, bulletins, and other items. The collection also includes the papers of various individuals associated with the church, including Maxie D. Dunnam, James Harold Beaty and Charles Lynn.

Mf. 1187  -- Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition Collection. Nashville, 1895-1900. 2500 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897 are comprised of financial records, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and memorabilia collected by the sponsoring company, the Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis Railway, and from the event itself. Although the collection consists primarily of business records of the exposition, it also includes minutes of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, clippings, souvenirs, programs, speeches, lists of subscribers, exhibit catalogs, a register of visitors, and photographs dealing with the exposition from its planning stage to the aftermath.

NC & St.L president Major J. W. Thomas and director Eugene C. Lewis were primarily responsible for conceiving and carrying out this lavish celebration, and much of the collection consists of their correspondence and records. There are a great many photographic images of the exposition’s fantastic papier-mache wonders as well as the contents of its varied exhibit buildings. The register available includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1188  -- Wesley and Stanton Circuits, Memphis Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Quarterly Conference Minutes. Fayette and Haywood Counties, 1866-1885. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
These are the Quarterly Conference minutes of the Methodist circuits of the Somerville and Brownsville districts in West Tennessee. The churches covered in these records include: Taylor ’s Chapel, Spring Hill, Asbury Chapel, Bethlehem, Clopton, Union Hill, Dancyville, Wesley, Shiloh, Belmont, Concordia, Tabernacle, Stanton, Oak Grove, Foster’s, Cypress, New Bethlehem, Hatchie Mission, Mason, Charleston, and Pleasant Grove.

Mf. 1189  -- Albert Williams Hutchison, Jr. Papers, 1796-1986. 377 items. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This collection concerns Albert W. Hutchison (1909-1986) and the research he did on Bryant Fleming (1877-1946), architect of Cheekwood, and on other Nashville buildings. Hutchison was a prominent engineer, architect, and Vanderbilt School of Engineering professor. The collection consists of applications, correspondence, clippings, and photographs pertaining to Fleming’s building of Cheekwood, compiled for the 50th anniversary celebration of the mansion in 1979. Included as well are historical-architectural surveys of various Tennessee buildings, photographic negatives of Nashville scenes in the 1890s, and items related to the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Mf. 1190  -- Sadie Warner Frazer Papers, 1894-1974. 8200 items. TSLA. 16 reels. 16 mm.
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These extensive family papers are centered on Nashvillian Sadie Warner Frazer (1885-1974), amateur historian and genealogist, her husband Colonel George Augustine Frazer (1879-1962), U.S. Army officer and attorney for the Nashville Railway and Light Company, and their four children. The collection is composed of accounts; school books, records and college annuals; scrapbooks, clippings and obituaries; correspondence, diaries, reminiscences and writings; genealogical data; legal documents and military records; and photographs.

The bulk of the papers are correspondence between the Frazers and their children. Letters and postcards reflect the children’s world travel, the experiences of one as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute in the 1920s, accounts of life in CCC camps in Ohio and Michigan, descriptions of the Second Armored Division maneuvers 1941-45, and the usual concerns of an elite late nineteenth century family.

Sadie Warner Frazer left extensive notes and genealogical data on the Cartwright, Cheatham, Erving, Frazer, Grundy, Hill, Jackson, Lewis, Lindsley, McGavock, Murfree, Philips, Smith, Warner, Washington, and Williams families. The collection also includes the diary of John Berrien Lindsley, prominent educator and civic leader. The register includes a name index to correspondence. See also Mf. 1647.

Mf. 1191  -- Bolling Gordon Family Papers, 1797-1960. 1000 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm.
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The collection focuses on Bolling Gordon (1800-1890), state legislator of Hickman County, and his descendants of Maury County. It consists primarily of correspondence from Gordon’s daughter-in-law and granddaughter, and is familial in nature. There are various land and legal records as well as genealogical data on the family of John Gordon (1763-1819) of Maury County. James Knox Polk and Cave Johnson are represented by two letters apiece. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1192  -- McKendree United Methodist Church Records (Addition). Nashville, 1808-1912. 100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of McKendree United Methodist Church consist of deacon’s and elder’s orders for George, Jeremiah, Jeremiah Pierce, and William Bruce Strother, some of which are signed by William McKendree, the first American-born bishop in the Methodist Church. Also included are various clippings concerning the church dated 1879-1912; a partial list of articles in the church’s charter; and a deed of trust to George K. Johnson, trustee, and his successors. See Mf. 932 for the main body of McKendree records.

Mf. 1193  -- Susie Gentry Papers, 1870-1934 --Addition. 264 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
The papers reflect the genealogical research of Susie Gentry (1860-1944) of Williamson County, who spent many decades collecting materials about the following Middle Tennessee families: Atkins, Bell, Bradford, Claiborne, Crockett, Dabney, DeGraffenried, Doodes, Downs, Edmiston, Gentry, Gray, Hamilton, Hampton, Harris, Hinton, Hudson, Jones, Lane, Lewis, McKinne, Maury, Mebane, Napier, Poindexter, Sappington, Shelby, Stockett, and Warner. There is also correspondence from individuals soliciting information from Gentry in her capacity as an officer in the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the War of 1812. See also Mf. 58 and Mf. 418, the Susie Gentry scrapbooks.

Mf. 1194  -- Joseph Buckner Killebrew Papers, 1797-1906. 1000 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 35 mm.
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J. B. Killebrew (1831-1906) was Secretary of the Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics, and Mines, a railroad agent, school superintendent and magazine and newspaper editor. This is one of the most important collections of postwar Tennessee materials available. The collection contains memoirs and correspondence; legal documents; genealogical data, pamphlets and scrapbooks dealing with Killebrew’s life, most of which was spent around Clarksville. Killebrew’s 668-page manuscript autobiography, “Recollections of My Life,” is a valuable and enlightening account of events in Middle Tennessee during and after the Civil War. The correspondence is primarily business in nature, while Mary Catherine Killebrew, Joseph’s wife, contributes a good deal of genealogical information on the Trigg, Wimberley, Bourne, Digg, Whitfield, and Hampton families.

J. B. Killebrew was a prolific and indefatigable writer on all things agricultural and economic in Tennessee, and the bulk of this collection consists of his varied writings on subjects including the early iron industry, tobacco cultivation (on which he wrote an article for the 1880 Census Bureau compendium), cereals and grasses of Tennessee, crop and orchard cultivation, the potential for skilled immigration to the state, the condition of public schooling during Reconstruction, and the commercial and industrial prospects for Tennessee following the devastation of the Civil War. Killebrew was one of the central figures in the state’s efforts to recover fully from the war, and this collection amply documents his contributions. The register includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1195  -- Ruskin Cooperative Association Records, 1896-1963. 125 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
Ruskin Cooperative Association was established in Dickson County in 1894 by the notable American socialist and journalist, Julius Augustus Wayland. Wayland published the socialist daily newspaper, The Coming Nation, which had a nationwide circulation, at Ruskin until 1895, when he left the colony over doctrinal disputes. The colony lasted until 1899, when a lawsuit prompted its dissolution and removal to Ware County, Georgia. The collection contains accounts, correspondence, court documents, labor certificates (the colony tried to do away with money), and a series of very good photographs of the colonists and their work. This small collection contributes significantly to the little-known history of Tennessee ’s late nineteenth century experiment in utopian living.

Mf. 1196  -- Jill Knight Garrett Collection, 1800-1969. 70 vols. 800 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 16 mm.
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This collection contains primarily material from and about Maury County and those adjoining river counties along the Duck and Tennessee Rivers, with some additional material on northern Alabama, all collected by Jill Knight Garrett in the course of her long career as a genealogist and local historian. There are voluminous cemetery records for Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, Houston, Marshall, and Maury counties of Tennessee, and Lauderdale County of Alabama. Various court records for these same counties are included, along with genealogical data on the Anderson, Brandon, Dotson, Flowers, Forsee, Fowlkes, Garrett, Haile, Hopkins, Houston, Lamb, Jones, Joyce, Knight, Looney, McClain, McMillan, Miller, Nichols, Perry, Pillow, Roby, Schoffner, Thompson, Walker, Webster, and Wollard families.

A valuable part of the collection is the wealth of Civil War material. There are a number of transcribed diaries and memoirs of men who served in the Confederate Army from the river counties as well as a diary of a young girl, Rowena Webster; abstracts from wartime Nashville and other Middle Tennessee newspapers about soldier and civilian deaths; and a two-volume manuscript on partisan warfare entitled “Guerillas and Bushwhackers in Middle Tennessee During the Civil War.” It also includes unpublished manuscripts reflecting Mrs. Garrett’s research on early Maury County history, guerrillas and bushwhackers in Civil War-era Middle Tennessee, the Ku Klux Klan activities in Maury County, and Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Mf. 1197  -- John Sumner Russwurm Papers, 1786-1914. 900 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
John Sumner Russwurm (1793-1860) was a Rutherford County planter, merchant, Creek War veteran, and Inspector General during the tenure of Governor William Carroll. Most of the papers are concentrated in the early nineteenth century. They are composed of correspondence; accounts; biographical and genealogical data, legal documents (bills of sale, depositions, promissory notes and powers of attorney), wills, estate papers and land records; medical prescriptions; pension data, clippings and some religious writings.

A large part of the collection is Russwurm’s incoming correspondence, concerning business matters, land in the frontier regions of Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri and California, and Whig politics. Among the correspondents are John Bell, Newton Cannon, Robert Looney Caruthers, and Ephraim Hubbard Foster. Russwurm was also related to the Blounts of North Carolina and Tennessee, and to Revolutionary War general Jethro Sumner, and many letters detail the concerns of the North Carolina cousins.

A particular strength of this collection is the extraordinary attention given to the issues of slave-owning, emancipation, conditions in the freed slave colony of Liberia, and the career of one remarkable mulatto cousin of Russwurm’s, John Brown Russwurm. He became one of the first Negro graduates of an American college (Bowdoin College, 1826), and emigrated to Liberia to become that country’s first superintendent of public schools and, eventually, its first black governor. The Russwurm papers are rich in source material on the African-American experience. The register available includes a name index to correspondence.

Mf. 1198  -- Stickley Collection, 1800-1946. 5 vols. 8700 items. TSLA. 9 reels (first 5 are 16 mm. and last 3 are 35 mm.)
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The genealogical notes and records were compiled by Nancy Elizabeth Jones Stickley (1882-1962), genealogist and wife of a prominent Memphis attorney. The collection also includes account books; clippings (including the popular columns “Dropped Stitches in Southern History” and “Leaves From the Family Tree” by Mrs. John Trotwood Moore and Penelope Johnson Allen, respectively); a Civil War diary and memoir; maps, letters and obituaries; and scrapbooks and sketches.

Most the genealogical material is copied from courthouse, military, and cemetery records. Genealogical data is given on the following families, among many others: Bogart, Doyle, Heironimous, Jansen, Lincoln, Patterson, Powell, Range, Rapjele, Reneau, Sevier, Sims, Stickley, Tipton, Van Arsdale, Washington, Wilson, Wright, and Wyckoff. The information is concentrated in Somerset County, NJ; Greene, Jefferson, and Knox counties, TN; and Frederick and Prince William counties, VA. This material is generally arranged by surname, state and county, and by its source in books and periodicals.

Mf. 1199  -- Cordell Hull Papers, 1901-1932. 750 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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Cordell Hull (1871-1955) of Celina, was a U.S. Congressman and Senator, Democratic National Executive Committee Chairman, U.S. Secretary of State and recipient of the 1945 Nobel Peace Prize, the only Tennessean to be so honored.

Most of the collection consists of Hull’s incoming correspondence, primarily concentrated during the period 1921-32. During this period, Hull was one of the Democratic Party’s foremost spokesmen in Congress as well as in the party’s inner circles. Other items include typescripts of six speeches on a range of topics, Hull’s Congressional voting record, and some of his writings on the 1928 election.

The correspondence reveals Hull 's ideas about state and national politicians and his tireless work as a party whip in election campaigns. He was active as a party manager in the elections of 1928 and 1932, the latter a landslide victory for which Hull was rewarded by Roosevelt with a cabinet position. As Secretary of State, Hull was an architect of American foreign policy in the period leading up to and including the World War II. The register includes a name index to correspondence.


Updated May 2, 2008