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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    The Harris-Wilson Family Photographs and Scrapbooks is a collection that spans the years 1846-1938, with the bulk of materials from ca. 1880-1900. Unfortunately little is know about the provenance of this collection. The source of the materials is unknown as well as the date that is was received by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. This collection contains two Wilson family scrapbooks, two Harris family scrapbooks, five photograph albums, and 497 photographs that were not included in scrapbooks or albums. The collection measures approximately six linear feet. The loose photographs are grouped into three sizes to facilitate storage. Even though many of the photographs are not identified and very little is known of the provenance, the quality of the items exemplifies the life style of families of prominence during the period of the 1890’s.


    Collection consists of genealogical research relating to the Frazer and Murfree families as well as its connecting branches. These records primarily contain photocopied research relating to the history of these families. There are two folders in Box 1 that hold information regarding Berrien family membership in the Society of the Cincinnati. Rose also compiled detailed genealogy trees and booklets for several of the family branches. Genealogical booklets authored and provided by donor.


    The John Overton Lea Papers containing six volumes and approximately four thousand items, span the period 1867-1911. The collection is composed of accounts (receipted bills, statements in account with Overton & Grosvenor real estate firm in Memphis, Tennessee, and tax records); correspondence; two diaries; documents (a bill, agreements, two powers of attorney, petitions, etc.); papers dealing with Lea’s Sussex cattle; and some miscellaneous family papers.


    The Civil War Collection contains approximately 150 volumes and 4, 060 items are Confederate material, and approximately 10 volumes and 450 items are Federal material. Included are autograph albums, casualty lists, cemetery records, clippings, diaries, letters, maps, memoirs, orders, photographs, records (medical, supply, etc.), scrapbooks, sketches, and material relating to military personnel and units, monuments, prisons, and veterans’ organizations. Miscellaneous items include a casualty list and muster roll of Forrest’s command, Civil War veterans’ questionnaire data, Confederate money, field notes, a hospital register from Memphis, Tennessee, Rev. Charles Todd Quintard’s Manual of Devotions, a roster of quartermasters in the Army of Tennessee, and two theses. There are also fifty-one volumes of material concerning the Civil War Centennial of 1961-1965. These were placed in the Manuscript Division by the Tennessee Civil War Centennial Commission, Campbell H. Brown, Executive Director.

    J. PERCY PRIEST PAPERS, approximately 1920-1974

    Consists of items related to J. Percy Priest (1900-1956) of Maury and Davidson counties. He was a newspaper journalist and United States Representative from the Fifth Congressional District of Tennessee (Nashville) from 1941 until his death in 1956. The papers cover Priest’s Congressional career (1940-56) and various honors he received both before and after his death (most notably, a 1954 Civitan Club “Roast” and the 1968 dedication of the J. Percy Priest Dam and Reservoir). The collection consists primarily of Priest’s political speeches, dated and placed in sequential order wherever possible. Correspondence, clippings, and photographs are also included. Of particular significance are a few early photos, taken when Priest was just starting out as a teacher, as well as many photographs, both formal and informal, taken during his Congressional career, including one autographed to Priest by Harry S. Truman. Some of the most delightful images show Priest singing with other Congressmen, or clog dancing while Albert Gore, Sr., plays the fiddle.