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    The Robert Walter Kemmer Papers, containing approximately 600 items, span the period 1875-1972, although the bulk is largely concentrated in the years 1945-1965. The collection is composed of cards, certificates, correspondence, deeds, election results, financial records, handbills, legislation, lists, newspaper clippings, notes, petitions, a photograph, political announcements and platforms, publications, a speech, and telegrams.


    This finding aid is the main reference to the photograph collection and documents pertaining to Verne and Nonie Sabin of San Antonio, Texas. Nonie (Rhoads) Sabin operated a photograph studio in Union City, Tennessee, in the early 1910’s, and after marrying Verne Sabin, they both operated a studio in Union City from 1919 to 1924. After moving the family to Raymondville, Texas, in 1924, the Sabins’ operated an apothecary and photograph studio there until the late 1930’s. The collection contains many photographs of Union City and Reelfoot Lake, including portraits of local individuals, photographs of Newport News, Virginia, where Verne Sabin was stationed during the First World War, family photographs, photographs of Raymondville, Texas, and the adjacent King Ranch, photographs from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Brooke General Hospital, where Verne Sabin worked during and after the Second World War, and photographs of the Sabins’ vacations.


    Consists of volumes and abstracts, court cases, charters, company files, individual files, indexed deed entries, survey books and notes, reports, maps, business records, and personal records all relating to the McKenzie and Son surveying business based in Chattanooga (Tenn.) from approximately 1903 to 1919. Many of the maps were too damaged and fragile to retain and are only available on microfilm. A complete listing of physical maps and microfilm only maps is also attached.


    Lamar Alexander is the first Tennessee governor to serve two consecutive four year terms. The Governor Lamar Alexander Papers, 1979-1987, represent an official record of those years. Totaling over 426 cubic feet of 1017 manuscript boxes, the Alexander Papers have been arranged under boards and commissions, clippings, correspondence, extraditions and renditions, financial records, governor's private files, Granville Hinton files, McKeel Hunt files, Lewis Lavine files, legal counsel, legislation, ombudsman, photographs, policy group, printed materials, proclamations, reports, scheduling, speeches, and subject files.


    The Grassmere Collection, containing approximately 10,200 items, covers the period from 1786 to 1985, with the bulk of the material dating from 1880 to 1978. The collection consists of accounts, cards, clippings, correspondence, court records, financial documents, genealogical data, journals, land records, legal documents, maps, newspapers, notebooks, photographs, printed materials, programs, tax records, and writings. Most of the items are in excellent condition.


    The Bills Family-John V. Wright Papers, 1727-1943, span three generations of the Bills family in Hardeman County, Tennessee. Included in the collection are the papers of John V. Wright (1872-1920), also of Hardeman County. The papers were gifts of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, Nashville, Tennessee, through the agencies of Dr. Herbert Weaver and Mrs. B. F. Pullman of Columbia, Tennessee. The collection occupies 27.72 linear feet of shelf space, and contains approximately 10, 750 items, and 30 volumes.


    Collection consists of genealogical research relating to the McGavock, Lindsley, and Grundy families, as well as their related branches. This collection primarily contains photocopied family research such as articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, deeds, and other family related studies. Included for every family are detailed family trees, family booklets, and bibliographies compiled by the creator. Genealogical booklets authored and provided by donor.


    The Washington Family Papers, 1796-1962, are centered around “Wessyngton,” the Washington family home built in 1818 by Joseph Washington, tobacco planter, near Cedar Hill in Robertson County, Tennessee. The papers contain records of the plantation as well as the correspondence of four generations: Joseph Washington (1770-1848), tobacco planter; George Augustine Washington (1815-1892), tobacco planter, railroad executive, and capitalist; Joseph Edwin Washington (1851-1915), Congressman and tobacco farmer; and George Augustine Washington (1879- 1964), attorney, tobacco farmer, and genealogist.


    Don Sundquist (born 1936) was the 47th Governor of Tennessee. The Governor Don Sundquist Papers (1995-2003) represent an official record of those years. Totaling over 439 cubic feet or 877 filing boxes, the Sundquist papers have been arranged into nine series, each corresponding to a particular office in the Sundquist administration. Original arrangement of the collection is retained as much as possible. Duplicate copies of publications, correspondence and other items were removed from the collection during processing. State publications were removed from the collection and are catalogued with the library holdings. Included in the collection are photographs and a large amount of audio-visual materials. An inventory of each appears at the end of this finding aid. Also included in the finding aid is an organizational chart detailing the various Sundquist staff members, as well as a chart of the Executive departmental heads.