History and Genealogy

Andrew Jackson Collection

This online presentation features rare images of Jackson as a hero from his victories over the British and Creeks during the War of 1812, as well as political broadsides depicting him as a villain. Letters show his fiery temper and sense of honor that won him devoted friends and bitter enemies. Other documents reveal the ideology behind the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast and lesser known aspects of Jackson’s life such as family, land speculation, and plantation ownership. The 1820s through the 1840s have become known as the Age of Jackson. This collection provides insight into how and why an early Tennessean was accorded such an honor.


Family papers consisting primarily of correspondence to and from Blackston McDannel of Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. The papers include extensive family correspondence as well as some business papers of McDannel, who was a plasterer by trade, a farmer and a United States Marshal in the administrations of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. McDannel’s diary kept during his service in the Mexican War of 1847-1848, and letters home to his wife and son, are also in the collection. A typed transcription of the diary and many of the letters, prepared in 1989, is part of this collection.


The collection is composed of 42 historical broadsides collected by J. Durelle Boles. The bulk of the collection dates between 1811 and 1873. While the majority comes from Tennessee, there is one Kentucky broadside (item 32). The Kentucky imprint dates from around 1862 and is a proclamation from John Hunt Morgan. At the time, Morgan was serving as a colonel in the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, Confederate States of America.


This collection consists of genealogical research related to the Washington family of Wessyngton Plantation in Robertson County, Tennessee, and its related family branches. This research was compiled by Stanley Frazer Rose over several years and contains photocopied documents most of which are from the Washington Family Papers at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Rose also compiled detailed genealogical trees for numerous family members. Genealogical booklets authored and provided by donor.


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 as well as a few photographs of family members and the Murfree Cemetery in Williamson County, Tennessee. There are three folders that hold information regarding Hill 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 Charles Thomas Leonard Papers, containing approximately 10,500 items and one volume, span the period of 1855-1992, although the bulk is largely concentrated in the years 1962-1988. The collection is composed of an account book, associations, institutions, etc., certificates, church records, correspondence, genealogical data, invitations, programs, etc., a ledger book, maps, photographs, drawings, etc., school records, slavery, writings, and several miscellaneous items.


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