History and Genealogy


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.


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.


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.


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.


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