History and Genealogy

SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE ARCHIVISTS RECORDS, 1971-

Consists of the administrative records of the Society of Tennessee Archivists, formerly Tennessee Archivists, including files relative to Tennessee Archives Month. This professional organization first met informally at various locations of the State beginning in 1973. The first pre-organization meeting occurred in Nashville at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Twenty-nine people attended this meeting, many of whom worked in the archives field. Discussion included various topics in archival processing, administration, preservation of historical materials and reference services. Participants discussed the organization of a standing professional association of archivists and those involved in the historical preservation field. After several pre-organization meetings, at a meeting held at Brandon Springs Group Camp, Land Between the Lakes, a vote was taken to organize officially as a new professional archives organization with the founding of “Tennessee Archivists.” Members adopted the Bylaws and Articles of Organization and elected the first officers. Linda Bauch of the State Library and Archives served as first president of the organization. The group first met biannually at various institutions in the State. After the organization of the Southern Archivists Conference (SAC) in 1985, members of Tennessee Archivists voted to associate with the regional archival organization. At present, SAC consists of four state archival groups: the Society of Mississippi Archivists, the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, the Society of Alabama Archivists and the Tennessee association. In 1996, members amended the Articles of Organization and decided to have only one annual meeting. In 1997, another bylaws vote among members resulted in the organization changing its name to the Society of Tennessee Archivists. The records in this collection consist of administrative files, president’s files, meeting files, archival advocacy issues, membership records, treasurer’s files, and records relative to the annual Tennessee Archives Month, which the Society sponsors. This collection will continue to accrue additional records as necessary. The archivist of the Society of Tennessee Archivists is the caretaker of these administrative and historical records of the organization.

LONE OAK BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST (BLEDSOE COUNTY, TENN.) RECORDS, 1917-1993

The Lone Oak Baptist Church of Christ in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, loaned these records for microfilming through the agency of Carolyne Knight. The collection consists of ledgers, notebooks, and legal pad notes detailing church sermons, activities, and business for the years 1917-1993. The collection consists of .5 cubic feet, and there are no restrictions.

YELLOW CREEK CHURCH (DICKSON COUNTY, TENN.) LEDGER, 1925-1963

The Yellow Creek Church Ledger includes the ledger of the “old school or predestinated Baptist Church of Christ composing the original Yellow Creek Church,” which originally met at the Seals School House. It contains the church’s constitution and amendments, a brief sketch of the troubles the church faced in April 1925, and congregational minutes. Marjorie Cook, of Nashville, Tennessee, loaned the Yellow Creek Church Ledger to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for microfilming. The collection consists of .5 cubic feet and there are no restrictions.

WILLIAM G. CLARK FAMILY LETTERS, 1861-1864

The William G. Clark Family Letters consists of family correspondence to William and Emily Clark of Jordan’s Valley, Rutherford County, Tennessee from their three sons, James A., R. Newton, and William G., and their son-in-law, Moses Woodfin, who served in Company D, 45th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. during the Civil War. James A. was a prisoner at Rock Island, Illinois; both Newton and William G. perished at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in November 1863. The letters concern family news, prison conditions, and the deaths of Newton and William G. Clark. Brandy English, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, loaned the William G. Clark Family Letters to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for microfilming. The collection consists of .5 cubic feet and there are no restrictions.

CANTRELL-DOWDY COLLECTION, 1910-1982

Consists of materials collected by Ouida K. Cantrell and Hubert F. Dowdy, who were brother- and sister-in-law by marriage of Ouida’s sister, Carolyn Junita Cantrell. The collection includes work-related files from Dowdy during his employment with the Tullahoma Engineer Redistribution Center and research from Cantrell on the history of Paris, Tennessee. Also included are personal files for both individuals. Most of the collection covers the history of Paris, Tennessee, and war-related information from Dowdy’s time working for the military during World War II. These materials include booklets, brochures, certificates, war ration books, correspondence, newspaper clippings, employment applications, genealogy research, phone directories, and photographs.

TIMS FORD DAM AND STATE PARK SCRAPBOOKS AND J. W. WEAVER INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT, 1962-1994

The Tims Ford Dam and State Park Scrapbooks and J. W. Weaver Interview Transcript consist primarily of five scrapbooks dating from 1962-1980. Compiled by Clayton and Louise Ervin, the scrapbooks are a history of Tims Ford Dam located in Franklin and Moore counties. They include newspaper and periodical clippings, copies of legal records, and correspondence. Also included is a transcript of an interview with J. W. Weaver conducted by Tims Ford State Park Manager Bob Rees, Regional Interpreter John Froeschauer, and Seasonal Naturalist Shane Farnor, dated 1994. George W. Reed of Winchester, Tennessee, loaned the Tims Ford Dam and State Park Scrapbooks and J. W. Weaver Interview Transcript to the Tennessee State Library and Archives. There are no restrictions on the use of the materials and copies may be made for individual or scholarly use. For commercial use, or where there might be a potential copyright infringement, the user should obtain permission from the owner/publisher of the materials.

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