History and Genealogy

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Library and Archives Workshop: Finding Ancestors in Tennessee Samplers

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the state's early days are stitched together in embroidered cloth patches known as samplers. This Tennessee State Library and Archives workshop describes what these samplers can reveal about the lives of our ancestors.


The Thomas P. Henderson Papers, containing approximately 80,000 items, span the period 1795-1960, although the bulk is largely concentrated in the years 1917-1945. The collection is composed of account books for the law practice, clippings, correspondence, court records, estate papers, genealogical data, land records, maps, military records, photographs, political items, scrapbooks, writings and several miscellaneous items.

Andrew Jackson Collection

This online presentation features rare images of Jackson as a hero from his victories over the British and Creeks during the War of 1812, as well as political broadsides depicting him as a villain. Letters show his fiery temper and sense of honor that won him devoted friends and bitter enemies. Other documents reveal the ideology behind the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast and lesser known aspects of Jackson’s life such as family, land speculation, and plantation ownership. The 1820s through the 1840s have become known as the Age of Jackson. This collection provides insight into how and why an early Tennessean was accorded such an honor.


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