History and Genealogy

STRIBLING, THOMAS SIGISMUND, PAPERS ADDITION 4, 1906-1978

The Thomas Sigismund Stribling Papers, Addition 4, containing 1.5 cubic feet and six volumes, span the period 1906 through 1978. The collection consists primarily of material related to LouElla Stribling, wife of Thomas S. Stribling. Specifically, the majority of the collection concerns Mrs. Stribling’s career as a music teacher in the Florida schools. Included in the collection is correspondence, lesson plans, lists, minutes, lecture notes, notes from an unidentified novel, photographs, printed materials, programs and several miscellaneous items.

JUDD BROOKS PAPERS, 1910-1962

The Judd Brooks Papers, 1910-1962, consist of 154 items and are arranged in alphabetical order by document type. Judd Brooks was the District Agent of the Agricultural Extension Service in West Tennessee from 1916 to sometime in the 1950s and the collection primarily consists of items related to his work in that area.

GOWER FAMILY PAPERS, 1812-[1940-1973]-1990

The Gower Family Papers, donated by Dr. Herschel Gower, evidence his and his mother, Marie Hudson Gower's, efforts to trace their family's history through data collection at state offices and through personal correspondence with other researchers across the United States. Out of their labor came this collection of letters, official documents (death certificates, deeds, pensions, and surveys), family legends, genealogical charts, photographs, and newspaper clippings ranging from 1812 to 1990, with the bulk of material between 1940 and 1973.

GRACE ARMSTRONG COILE COLLECTION OF ROBERT ARMSTRONG PAPERS, 1790-1930

The Grace Armstrong Coile Collection of Robert Armstrong Papers, 1790-1970, contains approximately 9,580 items. The collection includes newspaper clippings, land records, warrants, genealogical materials, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, survey notes and plats, maps, pictures, and publications such as magazines, almanacs, religious tracts, and memoirs. The bulk of the collection consists of four types of records: survey notes and plats, legal documents, genealogical materials, and correspondence. Several of the men in the Armstrong family were surveyors, several serving as the Knox County surveyor. Many of the notes and plats from these surveys can be found in the collection. Also included are many copies of land entries that were made in Knox County, and needed by a surveyor in order to survey the land. It should be noted that there are four folders of notes from surveys made by Robert III of Cherokee Indian lands. There are also notes and surveys concerning a proposed new county, which would have been known as Powell County, tentatively located near Washington, Sullivan, and Greene Counties. These survey notes and plats comprise the years from 1810 to 1880.

RUTLEDGE SMITH AND GRAEME McGREGOR SMITH PAPERS, 1840-[1917-1948]-1962

The Rutledge and Graeme Smith Papers, containing approximately 500 items, span the period 1840-1962, although the collection is mainly concentrated in the years 1917-1948. The collection is composed of account books, associations, institutions, etc., cards, Civil War materials, clippings, correspondence, estate papers, genealogical data, legal documents, photographs, portrait of Rachel Jackson, programs, publications, school records, speeches/addresses, World War I materials, Wright brothers, writings, and several miscellaneous items.

CARR, JOSEPH CORDELL, SR., PAPERS, 1900-1980

Joseph Cordell Carr served the people of Tennessee as Secretary of State and in other capacities during his distinguished career. His papers, 1900-1980, reflect his professional and political activities as Secretary of State (1941-44; 1945-49; 1957-1977); president of the Young Democratic Clubs of America (1941-44; 1945-47); a leading member of the Tennessee Democratic Party; the Illustrious Potentate of the Al Menah Shrine Temple of Nashville (1955); and local charitable organizer.

"HOME FRONT," WORLD WAR II ORAL HISTORY, 1991-1993

“Home Front” was a project conducted by the Tennessee Historical Society across the entire state of Tennessee. The project consisted of interviews with various people and questionnaires regarding their experiences during World War II, focusing on the home front. The collection consists of 5 original audiocassette tapes, 30 videotapes, and questionnaires. The container list has a detailed description of each audio and videocassette tape, as well as a listing of the questionnaires by contents of each folder. Duplicate copies of all audiocassette tapes in the collection have been made and are available.

LEWIS, CHARLES LEE, PAPERS, 1907-1951

The Charles Lee Lewis Papers, 1907-1951, containing approximately 7 cubic feet of material, span the period 1907 through 1951, although the bulk of the material is largely concentrated in the years 1925 through 1940. The collection is composed of book reviews, clippings, correspondence, illustrations, manuscripts, publications, and several miscellaneous items. Although the papers were in good physical condition, there was little order in the collection.

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