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    TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION 1937-1976

    Record Group 82 is an important visual resource for the study of the history and culture of the State of Tennessee in the mid-Twentieth Century. This collection is the archive of the photographic unit of the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Along with over 21,000 negatives, the collection has more than 11,000 photographs divided into thirty-three series. Most of the photographs have been sorted by the original negative number given by the staff photographers at TDOC. When this collection was processed, it became apparent that the negative numbers corresponded with the chronological history of the photographic unit. This means that the first negative numbers were from the department’s early days in the late 1930s, and the last negatives (#18,000-#20,000) are from the mid-1970s. Additional photographs from other sources are also included in this collection. Occasionally, the Conservationist staff would rely on photographs from others sources such as the Soil Conservation Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, newspapers, and other entities. Those photographs have been added to each series and documentation to their origin is noted, if known.

    POLK MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION COLLECTION OF JAMES KNOX POLK PAPERS, 1780-1972

    The Polk Memorial Association Collection of James Knox Polk Papers, containing approximately 4 vols. and 1,504 items, and spanning the years 1790 to 1972, are concentrated in the years of Polk’s presidential administration. The collection is composed of appointments, correspondence, inaugural arrangements for President Polk, invitations, receipts, replies to White House invitations, reports, resolutions of the United States Congress, and some miscellaneous items.

    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE COMMISSIONER FILES, 1975-2006

    Consists of Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner files from 1975 to 2006, including commissioner correspondence, legislative materials, and administrative files. Series I consists largely of materials generated under John C. Neff, who was commissioner from 1979 to 1986. Series II consists of materials generated under Douglas M. Sizemore, who was commissioner from 1995 to 2000; these include the files of Neil Nevins, who served as the Assistant Commissioner of Insurance from 1994 to 2001. Series III consists of materials generated under Anne B. Pope, who was commissioner from 2001 to 2003, and Paula Flowers, who was commissioner from 2003 to 2006. These include files belonging to Amy Arnold, who worked for the commissioner from 1998 to 2003, Carlene Bennett, who was the executive secretary to the Assistant Commissioner of Insurance from 2001 to 2005, and Kristin Coile, who was the Legislative Liaison and Assistant to the Commissioner from 2003 to 2006. Folders 2 and 3 in Series II, Box 17; Folder 4 in Series II, Box 22; and Folders 7 and 8 in Series III, Box 28 contain confidential material. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance must grant permission to anyone wishing to access these folders.

    DENTON FAMILY PAPERS, 1855-1988

    The Denton Family Papers measure 2 cubic feet and span the years 1855 to 1988, with bulk dates ranging from 1895 to 1930. The unrestricted collection includes legal and business papers, correspondence, genealogical research findings concerning the Denton family in America and their British and French ancestors, photographs of family tombstones, a family notebook containing favorite songs and various clippings, and other items that reveal diverse aspects of the lives of John Savage Denton (1865-1939), his wife Hettie Farr Denton (1870-1949), and several other family members, including John Holland Denton and Mary Farr Denton Murray.

    COLONEL HARRY E. DUDLEY PAPERS, 1916-1966

    Collection contains approximately 3.75 cubic feet of documents and photographs primarily related to Colonel Harry E. Dudley's military career. While there is some material related to his time in the United States Marine Corps during World War I, and some material is related to his time in the National Guard and in the 35th Infantry Division prior to World War II, the bulk of the material within the collection is related to his time as the commanding officer of the internment camp for Italian and German prisoners of war in Crossville, Tennessee.

    HISTORY OF TENNESSEE SLIDE COLLECTION FROM THE BICENTENNIAL EDITION OF THE BLUE BOOK, 1995-1996

    This collection consists of photograph slides, some of which were used as illustrations in the publication of the History of Tennessee section of the Bicentennial Edition of the Tennessee Blue Book. Most of the images in these slides were from the collections of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, but other institutions furnished materials for this undertaking. These were: Tennessee Photographic Services; the Tennessean and Nashville Banner newspapers; the Vanderbilt University Jean and Alexander Heard Library Special Collections and University Archives; the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Hoskins Library, Special Collections; the Tennessee State Museum; Fisk University; the Kansas State Historical Society. These slides will be available for reference purposes. Patrons should consult an archivist and the photographer of the Tennessee State Library and Archives on producing copies of any images in this collection.

    LIBRARY BROADSIDE COLLECTION, 1814-2010

    The Library Broadside Collection, 1814-2010, is centered on items collected by the Tennessee State Library and Archives library staff and primarily focuses on historical broadsides. While the majority of broadsides were published in Tennessee for Tennesseans, other states and countries are represented: Alabama, Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The out-of-state broadsides are still connected to Tennessee or have a Tennessee kinship. For example, one (Box 1, f. 9) from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in New Market, Alabama, announces the Rev. T. S. Buchanan of Howell, Tennessee, as the speaker on July 6, 1884. Another example can be seen in the photogravure posters from England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (Box 31). They were sent to the Tennessee State Librarian by the Travel Association of the United Kingdom and Great Britain “in the hope that they may be found suitable for exhibition in your library.” The Library Broadside Collection was transferred to the archives section from the library section of the Tennessee State Library and Archives on September 26, 2007.

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