History and Genealogy


Record Group 181, Commission on the Status of Women Records, spans the period 1972-1981. The records contain Commission files (board meeting minutes and activities) and financial documents, (audits, budget proposals, and invoices), Commission members’ personal files, information on workshops and conferences, correspondence, film and audio tapes of Commission activities, legislation relating to Commission interests, media files (press releases, radio shows and newspaper clippings), and files on women’s issues (abortion, day care, and displaced homemakers).


Consists of extensive genealogical research on the Ashmore family and its related branches. The most researched families in this collection include Alley, Ashmore, Balch, Bell, Burgess, Burch (Birch), Stewart (Stuart), Turbyfill, and Warren. The collection contains a wide variety of research, with a focus on handwritten genealogy notes written by the creator. A large portion of this collection consists of photocopied research such as census records, land records, correspondence, pedigree charts, wills, and newsletters.


Collection consists of genealogical research relating to the McGavock, Lindsley, and Grundy families, as well as their related branches. This collection primarily contains photocopied family research such as articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, deeds, and other family related studies. Included for every family are detailed family trees, family booklets, and bibliographies compiled by the creator.

Traveling Trunks: Civil War

Civil War – Geared Towards Upper-Elementary and Middle School. Our Civil War traveling trunk is packed full of great historical reproduction materials to give your students a hands-on approach to learning about the Civil War and its impact on Tennessee. Through physical materials like a pair of soldier’s Brogans to letters, photographs, and diaries, students will dig deeper into their Civil War curriculum. Investigative topics in this trunk includes the election of 1860, battle statistics, daily life for a soldier, the aftermath of battle, United States Colored Troops, as well as women’s involvement in the war.

Traveling Trunks: 1920s

1920s – Geared Towards Elementary School. The 1920s traveling trunk highlights some of the crowning achievements and scandals of the 1920s through the investigation of primary sources, media, and three-dimensional objects. Topics analyzed in this trunk include new technological appliances for the home, Prohibition, the emergence of automobiles, and 1920s pop culture.

Traveling Trunks: World War I

World War I – Geared Towards Middle and High School. Students will expand their knowledge of World War I through the use of primary sources, media, and reproductions. Classrooms will analyze the effects of new technology in warfare, read entries from Tennessee soldiers who witnessed these new weapons first-hand, and learn about Alvin York’s heroic efforts and how Tennesseans memorialize him today.

Traveling Trunks: World War II

World War II – Geared Towards Upper-Elementary School. High School teachers consult lesson plan prior to booking trunk. During World War II, more than 300,000 men and women from Tennessee served in the armed forces. In addition to the support provided by Tennessee to our nation’s armed forces, the Volunteer State also lived up to its name in its action on the Homefront. From scrap drives and war bonds to rationing and victory gardens, Tennesseans sacrificed, saved, and served. The activities in this trunk will walk participants through daily life on the Homefront during WWII, in the hopes of providing them with varying perspectives, as well as a greater understanding of the sacrifices made by the greatest generation.


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