History and Genealogy


Consists of 98 digital photographs documenting the 2010 flood in Murfreesboro and Nashville between May 2-11, 2010. While the photographs in the collection are not sorted into subfolders, there are several distinct subject groupings within the collection. The first such grouping consists of 31 photographs taken on Sunday, May 2. These photographs document the second day of rainfall in the area around Osborne Lane and Compton Road in Murfreesboro, including flooding along Bushman Creek at Osborne Lane and flooding along Bear Branch at Compton Road. The second grouping consists of 20 photographs taken in Murfreesboro on Monday, May 3 after the rain had stopped. Within this grouping are photographs of Bushman Creek and Bear Branch taken from the same location as the photographs taken on the previous day. There are also photographs of a newly formed lake on North Thompson Lane, of flooding at the Thompson Lane Trailhead of the Stones River Greenway, and of the West Fork Stones River from a bridge on Thompson Lane.


Consists primarily of photographs and military orders of Sgt. Billy P. Broome’s service in the Korean War. The military orders are Broome’s assignments once detached from the 159th Field Artillery in Korea and returning home. The military documents include his Army Reserve registration, Selective Service card, immunization register, and a certificate of proficiency. Many of the photographs, both foldered (Box 1, Folder 5) and scrapbooked, depict Broome’s camp, including sleeping tent, orderly tent, and Broome’s fellow soldiers. One captured a USO show featuring Knoxville native Patricia Neal. Broome brought home two 1000 won notes as well as a 5 cent military payment certificate.


Consists of 1,294 African American funeral programs from 1955 to 2020. Most of the programs originate from the greater Nashville area, but some are from Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and South Carolina. The information found within these programs includes the full name and photograph of the deceased, place of birth, death date, list of family members, places lived, church affiliation, a summary of life achievements, the order of service, name of the funeral home, place of burial, and sometimes poems and scriptures.


Consists of photographs associated with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, dated 1937-1994. Most of the photographs are composites or group pictures of Tennessee Highway Patrol divisions from major cities in Tennessee, including Memphis, Chattanooga, and Nashville. Included is a group photograph from November 1959 showing Tennessee Highway Patrol Commissioner Greg O’Rear, Commander C. J. Webb, and Captain P. D. Garland in front of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Second District headquarters in Chattanooga, otherwise known as the “Dick Webb building.” Another photograph shows the “Dick Webb building” which was erected in November 1959 on U. S. Highway 41 in North Chattanooga. A group photograph from 1978 shows the Tennessee Department of Safety Information Office in Nashville with Director Jim Henderson. A photograph called, “Inspection Time” shows Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers standing next to vehicles ready for inspection.


The Whitaker-Prosser Family Papers, 1848-1976, consists of accounts, Bible, certificates, deeds, correspondence, genealogical data, indentures, newspaper clippings, receipts, programs, pocket notebooks, photographs, and several ledgers. The collection contains three account documents including “Lee McNatt’s days work,” dated September 26 through October 24, 1902, an account on horses signed by D. M. Prosser of Bellville, Tennessee, 1874-1903, and an account for Mrs. M. D. Mumsfield from Rutledge & Eakin dated January 1914 to January 1915. Also included is R. L. Whitaker’s pocket Bible that he carried while he served in the Army Veterinary Corps. The collection also contains three certificates including a teacher’s certificate for Mary Prosser, 1881, a food certificate to R. L. Whitaker from The Fayetteville Butter and Cheese Manufacturing Company, 1896, and a marriage certificate for Dr. R. L. Whitaker and Alice L. Loflin, who married on June 30, 1926 in Huntsville, Alabama.


The Wilhelm-Patton Papers, 1943-1975, consist of correspondence, journals, and receipts. The collection includes World War II letters from Jewell Edwin Wilhelm to his fiancée, Cara Mae Patton of Hermitage, Tennessee, from November 1944 to March 1945. Wilhelm’s letters indicate he was a private in the U. S. Army and stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, Camp Hood, Texas, Fort Meade, Maryland, and then finally in France. Edwin’s letter express his love and devotion for Cara Mae and his wishes to be back home to start their lives together. Edwin also comments on his daily activities and training as well as his experiences in France. In his last letter dated March 19, 1945, Edwin writes that he still had not seen any fighting. He also notes that he is getting plenty of sleep and three meals a day. Included is correspondence to Cara Mae from W. L. Nixon, who was stationed in California with the U. S. Navy; H. C. Nixon, who was stationed in San Francisco with Company I, 152 Infantry; Freddie Wilhelm, a teacher in Manchester, Tennessee; and Jean, who appears to be a female friend attending City High School in Chattanooga. These letters concern daily activities and news of family and friends.


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