History and Genealogy


The Simpson Papers, 1862-1906, are composed of approximately 300 items dealing primarily with the career of Captain Samuel Robert Simpson as Quartermaster in the 30th Tennessee Regiment of the Confederate Army. One volume in the collection contains records of the members of the various companies of the 30th Tennessee Regiment, giving dates, places, and circumstances of their imprisonments, woundings, deaths, and burials with information added as late as 1906, the year of Captain Simpson’s death. There are a large number of clippings dealing with the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars and other historical subjects. Many of the clippings are the articles of Colonel A. K. McClure, some of which were clipped from the Philadelphia Record and some from the Nashville American. Three small volumes contain Captain Simpson’s diary during the four years 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864. About 100 items make up the ordnance reports, requests, muster rolls, and payrolls of the 30th Tennessee Regiment. Some biographical material, personal memorabilia, and photographs make up the remainder of the collection.


The Nancy (Carter) Richardson Papers, 1590-1990, containing approximately 1,200 items, span the period 1590-1990. The collection is composed of accounts, advertisements, an announcement, applications, associations, institutions, etc., automobile records, cemeteries, census records, certificates, church records, clippings, correspondence, County Clerk’s records, court records, diaries, memoirs, etc., estate papers, financial records, genealogical data, invitations, programs, etc., land records, legal records, licenses, maps, marriage records, military records, notes, obituaries, pensions, photographs, drawings, etc., poetry, publications, recipes, resolutions, Revolutionary War records, school records, sketches, state records, and writings.

Library and Archives Workshop: Unfolding History in the Tennessee Supreme Court Case Files

September 24, 2016 - Tennessee is famous for many things, but some people may not realize the state once was a hotbed for the marble industry. Tennessee marble, known for its pinkish-gray coloring and ease of polishing, has been used in many buildings across the country. Dr. Susan Knowles, a digital humanities fellow at Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation, will discuss how Supreme Court case records helped her research the marble industry.


The papers of Jacob McGavock Dickinson, numbering approximately 40,200 items and 67 volumes, contain correspondence, speeches, diary material, briefs, sketches, reports, records of his Arkansas plantation, biographical and genealogical data, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and personal memorabilia dating from 1812 to 1946. The bulk of the material falls in the period 1909 to 1911 when he served as Secretary of War in William Howard Taft’s Cabinet. The date 1812 of a letter of Judge Dickinson’s grandfather, Jacob McGavock, to his father, Hugh McGavock, is the earliest found in the collection. There are 18 letterbooks of Judge Dickinson for the years 1904-1911. Seven volumes contain diary material kept for the Secretary of War while on his trip around the world in 1910. The genealogical and biographical data contain deeds, wills, early letters, sketches, and accounts of the Carr, Claiborne, Dickinson, Grundy, Maxwell, Overton, Waller, and kindred families.


The records of the Inquirers’ Club, a literary club primarily dealing with religious subjects, containing approximately 300 items and 15 volumes, are composed of minutes, 1911-1961; treasurer’s books, 1911-1920, 1939-1961; a scrapbook of the Rev. J. W. Cherry’s sermonettes; resolutions; programs; constitution and bylaws; a history of the Inquirers from 1911-1953; quotations from Mr. Cherry’s lectures; membership lists; and forty-eight yearbooks, 1913-1961.


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