History and Genealogy


Addition to the first Claybrooke and Overton Papers (1747-1894) consists of around 60 original items, including correspondence, accounts, receipts, obituaries, family histories, family trees, biographical sketches, land records, surveyor’s notes, legal documents, poems, memorials, instructions for tax collectors, photographs, newspaper clippings, a historical sketch, an Edinburgh newspaper, an indenture, and directions for building a new cotton cultivator. Most items relate to the Claybrooke family of Williamson County, Tennessee, and Louisa County, Virginia.

Traveling Trunks: Vietnam

Vietnam – Geared Towards High School. The Vietnam War was a costly conflict between the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, the Viet Cong, and South Vietnam, allied with the United States from 1961 until 1973. The Vietnam traveling trunk focuses on the Christopher D. Ammons Vietnam War Collection at the Tennessee Library & Archives to explore the experience of one American soldier during this conflict using primary sources, Vietnam-era reproductions, and more.

Traveling Trunks: Cotton

Cotton – Geared towards Elementary and Middle School. Explore how Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin served as a catalyst for changes in the way cotton was manufactured in the United States. Through an investigation with primary sources, raw cotton bolls, and hand carders, students will examine cotton production and its role in the Industrial Revolution.

Traveling Trunks

Starting this year, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is offering a traveling trunk program to Tennessee schools in all 95 counties. These six trunks are educational resources that provide hands-on original and reproduction materials and historical primary sources that supplement the Tennessee social studies curriculum standards.

Library and Archives Workshop: David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection

July 22, 2017 - In January 1952, Brock left behind his Van Buren County home to undergo rigorous combat engineer training. He was then assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in the vicinity of the Iron Triangle and the 38th parallel in Korea. This collection documents his time in Korea as well as his visits home. Darla Brock, Library and Archives manuscripts archivist and daughter of Brock, conducted the workshop featuring her father's photographs and oral history in the broader context of the Korean War.


These two volumes contain records of the U. S. Provost Marshal General’s Bureau at Camp Carthage in Carthage, Tennessee, during the Federal occupation from 1863 to 1865. The Cumberland River town was seized and held by troops under the command of Brig. Gen. George Crook in May 1862. The bulk of the Provost Marshal’s bond book contains lists of hundreds of men and women who took the oath of allegiance to the United States between October and December 1863. The record identifies most people as soldiers or citizens. The majority was from Smith, Jackson, and Putnam counties, though residents of Macon, White, Overton, Cumberland, and Wilson counties are among them. The second item is a leather ledger book containing lists of “Prisoners confined in Prison at Carthage, Tennessee.” It contains two lists, one dated December 23, 1863, and the other dated February 25, 1865.


One-volume diary or diary kept by Frances “Fannie” Nicholson Taliaferro Yancey who lived at “Alhambra Hall” near Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee. Her earliest entry is dated March 13, 1859, and the last entry was made on August 19, 1874. Most were written during the Civil War. Because Fannie was Dr. Garland Taliaferro’s widow during the war, she is referred to as Fannie Taliaferro in 1859-1865. In entries made after her 1865 marriage to Phillip Yancey, she is referred to as Fannie Yancey.

Robert H. Cartmell Diaries

Robert H. Cartmell (1828-1915), a Madison County, Tennessee farmer, documented the nature of his farm operation beginning in 1853. There are thirty-three volumes of diaries that contain full commentaries related to the running of his farm, the weather, and the fluctuations of the cotton market.


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