History and Genealogy

Library and Archives Workshop: Land Platting

September 23, 2017 - Locating the land of an ancestor can uncover a wealth of knowledge. Presenter J. Mark Lowe demonstrates how platting a property tract map may help identify many important features of a community, including ferries, mills, cemeteries, trails, historic homes and many other landmarks. With the aid of a few inexpensive tools, researchers can construct their own plats of land tracts as described in deeds, wills, court records or land grants.


Composed of two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings related to Georgia Tann and the investigation into the Tennessee Children’s Home Society initiated by Governor Gordon Browning. It is unknown who collected the materials. The newspaper clippings all date from 1950. The majority of clippings are from Tennessee newspapers including: Nashville Tennessean, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Press-Scimitar, Knoxville Journal, Nashville Banner, Chattanooga Times, and Knoxville News Sentinel. There is one newspaper article from The New York Post and one from The New York Times as most of the children were placed in New York and California.


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.

DocsBox: 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 DocsBox 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.

DocsBox: 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.


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


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