History and Genealogy


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.


Consists of records on numerous historical sites throughout the State of Tennessee. These records are a valuable resource for researchers studying historic preservation in Tennessee. These materials include project manuals, historic structure reports, blueprints, architectural reports, environmental assessments, master plans, damage reports, photographs, negatives, budget reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and office files. The collection primarily focuses on Belle Meade Plantation, The Hermitage, Alvin C. York State Historic Park, the National Civil Rights Museum, The John and Landon Carter House Museum, Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation, and Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.


The Luther Meade Blackman Papers, spanning the years 1857-1919 and containing approximately 3,800 items and 3 volumes consist of accounts, advertisements, cartoons, certificates, claims, clippings, contracts, correspondence, court records, election records, an epitaph, genealogical data, legislative records, military records, newspapers, notes, poems, promissory notes, a prospectus, publications, receipts, resolutions, sketches, and speeches. Concentrated in the period of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, this collection documents the career of Luther Meade Blackman (1834-1919) as soldier, public official and businessman of Eve Mills, Monroe (now Loudon) County, Tennessee.


Consists of records transferred from the archives of Uplands Retirement Village, including papers of the founder, Dr. May Cravath Wharton, covering her service as a physician to Pleasant Hill Academy and the surrounding community, as well as the two medical facilities she founded, Uplands (now Cumberland Medical Center) and Wharton Nursing Home. The collection is composed of materials collected by various staff and patrons of Uplands Retirement Village, including Dr. May Cravath Wharton, and individuals from the Pleasant Hill community. The materials date between 1847 and 2005. Totaling approximately 52 linear feet and housed in 112 boxes and one oversize folder, the Uplands (Cumberland County, Tenn.) Records contain audio/visual materials, awards and certificates, biographical/historical sketches, meeting minutes, by-laws, charters, correspondence, funeral programs, guest registers, floor plans, land records, maps, medical ledgers, newspaper clippings, journals, obituaries, circulars, poetry, press releases, reports, wills, a diploma, a thesis, genealogical materials, scrapbooks, bulletins, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, photographs, slides, negatives, ephemera, and one piece of sheet music (“Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”). The collection documents the life of Dr. May Cravath Wharton as well as the rise of Uplands Retirement Village and Cumberland Medical Center, with a portion of the materials relating to Pleasant Hill Academy and Pleasant Hill Community Church. The highlight of the assemblage is the 75 boxes of photographs which include printed photographs, slides, negatives, contact sheets, and scrapbooks.


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