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The Ernest McDaniel Papers, 1896-1904, are arranged in alphabetical order by document type and consist of 171 items. One hundred and twenty-eight of these items are correspondence that Ernest McDaniel wrote to his future wife, Leontine Whiteside, during the years of 1896 to 1904. This correspondence details their seven year courtship, his service in the Spanish-American War from 1899 to 1900, as well as day to day happenings. The collection also includes four newspaper clippings from 1898 to 1900 and not dated. One article in particular is part of a series of letters describing the voyages, battles, bombardments, and hardships of a year’s campaign in the Philippines. Ernest McDaniel wrote letter number nine describing his experience of the insurrection. Another article is about Ernest McDaniel himself and is entitled “He Founded First Newspaper In Tulsa When It Was Village.” One article includes several letters from soldiers in the Philippines and another is called “How Joe


Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, military commendations, military appointments, military artifacts, maps, and propaganda leaflets. The correspondence is primarily letters from Benjamin Ammons to Esther Ammons (née Randolph) detailing his experience in the Tennessee National Guard and United States Army as well as personal sentiments between the couple. Letters follow their courtship and continue after their marriage in April 1942 and the birth of their first child in November 1944. Many discuss his combat fatigue and the toll that the war has taken on him, including concern that he may not be himself when he returns home. His final letter is postmarked January 26, 1946, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A newspaper clipping from the Nashville Banner lauds the 30th Division and its assistant commander, Gen. William K. Harrison, for their exceptional wartime service. A chronological index of the correspondence follows the container list. The correspondence summaries are written so as to capture the original flavor of Ammons’s letters.


Consists of correspondence, receipts, maps, ledgers, and political ephemera. The bulk of the collection is correspondence to and from A. P. Welch in his capacity as proprietor of A. P. Welch and Company. The letters mostly relate accounting and pricing information in the timber and lumber industry. A delightful collection of letterheads depict storefronts and manufactories across the Eastern United States, including Tennessee. Other letterheads artfully display business logos and trademarks. The correspondence contains a particularly fine collection of illustrated letterheads depicting wagons, buggies, and early automobiles. Also among the correspondence is a 1922 letter from a gentleman asking Welch to assist in the construction of a Nazarene church in Columbia, Tennessee. Attached to a letter from A. Frank and Co., Nashville, from March 1921 is a wallpaper sample. A copy of a workmen’s compensation accident report from A. P. Welch and Company, dated September 1923, was attached to correspondence with Integrity Mutual Casualty Company and sent in October 1923. A number of telegrams to A. P. Welch further discuss his timber business.


The Robert L. Taylor Family Papers, 1877-1992, bulk 1878-1965, were a gift from Robert L. Taylor, Jr., of Memphis, Tennessee. The collection contains approximately 400 items, mostly newspaper clippings and correspondence, and is housed in 7 manuscript boxes. The collection is arranged in alphabetical and then chronological order. There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.


Consists of genealogical data regarding the Rose Family of Ballard and Carlisle counties in Kentucky. This collection holds numerous photocopied deeds, indentures, church records, census records, as well as correspondence, photographs, negatives, tintypes, photograph albums, diaries, and funeral guest books. Unfortunately, the majority of the photographs, negatives, tintypes, and both of the photograph albums are unidentified; one might assume they are of the Rose family and perhaps other related family members. There are also some photographs of cemeteries showing Rose family headstones. Correspondence of note include letters from the California Gold Rush sent by Gramberry Rose to his wife, Mary Sublett, and family in Greene County, Missouri, dating from 1850 to 1855.


Consists of an account book, calling/advertising cards, cancelled checks, a captain’s epaulette (also spelled epaulet), a carte de visite album, chancery court documents, a circular, “Coe’s Drawing Cards,” correspondence, a cross-stitch, a “dying request,” an estate settlement, a folk remedy, a Grand Army of the Republic certificate, handkerchiefs, a “History of the First Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry,” insurance documents, land records, an unidentified list of names, military records, a New Testament, newspaper clippings, ephemera, poetry/prose, power of attorney documentation, promissory notes, receipts, a ruby ambrotype, school documents, a soldier’s housewife, a tintype, voter registration, and a will. Materials relate to the Jacob Kimberlin Lones family. Lones was captain of Company C, 1st Tennessee Cavalry, USA.


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