History and Genealogy


This collection consists of ca. 150 Biographical Questionnaires sent to prominent Tennesseans around 1920 by the State Librarian and Archivist, John Trotwood Moore. These questionnaires were returned by 1922. The questionnaires contain information on place and date of birth, ancestry, education, profession, official positions, political and religious affiliations, organizational memberships, publications, names of spouses and children, and military service.


The Anne Porterfield Rankin Papers, numbering approximately 2000 items, is composed largely of manuscripts of Mrs. Rankin’s writings, newspaper clippings, and personal letters. There are also some business letters, poems, rough drafts of manuscripts, and published articles in the papers. The bulk of the material falls within the period 1910-1930, but the inclusive dates range from 1887-1941. The materials are arranged alphabetically by series, e.g., Articles and Statements, Checks and Bills, Correspondence. Following the container list, there is located a list of the manuscripts of Mrs. Rankin as well as a partial listing of newspaper articles that may be found in the papers.


The Andrew Jackson Papers, approximately 1,500 items (originals, photostats, and photocopies) dating from 1788 to 1942, are composed of correspondence; legal documents; clippings; documents about the Dickinson duel; articles about Andrew Jackson; biographical data concerning Andrew Jackson; biographical data concerning Ralph Earl (portrait painter); John H. Eaton's manuscript life of Jackson in French; script for radio programs on Jackson; Jackson's scrapbook; war records including orders, muster rolls, orderly book (Company H, 4th U. S. Infantry, 1820-1821), and Quartermaster Account Book of William B. Lewis, 1812-1814; copy of John Donelson's Journal while aboard the ship "Adventure;" Donelson children's homemade arithmetic book; wills; photographs; sketches about Rachel Jackson; military papers of Andrew Jackson III; and some papers of Andrew Jackson, Jr.


The L.C. Tiller Piano Company Papers, containing .5 cubic feet of material, 1 oversized box and 41 volumes, span the period 1919 through 1967, although the bulk of the material is concentrated between 1929 through 1967. The collection is composed of agreements, certificates, correspondence, financial statements, income tax returns, photographs, printed materials and account and payment books. There is very little correspondence or other loose papers in the collection.


The William G. Brownlow Family Papers, containing approximately 40 items, spans the period 1836-1900. The collection is composed of assorted correspondence, photographs, promissory notes, legal documents, a Commonplace Book, a Book of Mottoes, and a Scrapbook. A large portion of this collection relates to Annie Brownlow Patrick and the Patrick family. Annie Brownlow Patrick was the daughter of William G. Brownlow, former governor of the state of Tennessee (1865-1869), and the wife of William F. Patrick, Jr. The arrangement of the collection is alphabetical. See also the Governor William G. Brownlow Papers, 1865-1869, GP21.


The Mattie L. Bacon (Oldham) Papers, 1870-1897, document mostly her married life and interaction with her extended family. The papers include correspondence to family members, primarily to one sister, a scrapbook composed mostly of literary clippings, a land survey, a photograph of her husband, Edward R. Oldham. Some of the correspondence in the collection was created by other family members including one letter from her husband, and several letters from her children to their aunts, Ella and Rosa. There are, however, within the letters a few references to broader topics such as education and politics.

MCCORD, JIM NANCE, PAPERS, 1919-[1950-1970]-1975

The Jim Nance McCord papers, containing approximately 1.75 cubic feet of material and 1200 documents, span the years 1919-1975, with the bulk of the material concentrated between approximately 1950-1970. The majority of the documents in the collection are unidentified color slides and unidentified color and black-and-white negatives. The remainder of the collection is predominantly photographs, personal correspondence, drafts of speeches, awards, invitations, and genealogical materials. There is also an album of newspaper clippings.


The Combs L. Fort Papers, containing approximately 210 items and 16 volumes, spans the period 1862-1983. Please note that there is a gap in the time span of the collection for which there is no material. The gap spans the years 1893-1932. This gap falls between the time of the Mt. Olivet Confederate Memorial and Combs L. Fort’s military service. The collection is composed of assorted correspondence, currency, directories, ephemera, magazines, newspapers, personnel records, and books. All of the items in this collection relate to Combs L. Fort and his time in the military during World War II with the exception of some Civil War memorabilia and correspondence related to the Mt. Olivet Confederate Memorial. The arrangement of the collection is alphabetical with the exception of annuals, scrapbooks, and oversized items which have been placed at the end of the collection.


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