History and Genealogy

BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINERS MINUTES, 1976-2007

Consists of Tennessee State Board of Occupational Physical Therapy Examiners board minutes and related materials, primarily related to professional licensing and complaints. The collection contains one audio cassette of the May 2002 board meeting. Restricted materials comprise Box 6, which contain licensure applications and renewals with confidential information pursuant to TCA 10-7-504.

BOARD FOR LICENSING CONTRACTORS MEETING MINUTES AND AUDIO RECORDINGS, 1982-2011

Consists of meeting minutes and audiocassettes from the Board for Licensing Contractors and the Home Improvement Commission. In these meetings, board members determine licensing requirements, create rules and regulations, and arbitrate disagreements between consumers and contractors in order to ensure fair construction practices in the state of Tennessee.

HISTORIC RUGBY, INC. AUDIO RECORDINGS, 1966-2004

Consists of a series of oral history interviews conducted by or on behalf of the Historic Rugby, Inc., organization. The bulk of this collection is based on a project that Historic Rugby, Inc. undertook in 1983 to document life in and around Rugby, Tennessee. The project director was Betty J. Duggan, who described the project as having involved trained professionals and interested laypersons with a focus on determining the long-term success or failure of the Rugby community. The project culminated in a traveling exhibit titled “Monument to Failure or Living Legacy” that was presented June –August, 1983.

WORLD WAR I TIPTON COUNTY SOLDIERS' LETTERS TO THE COVINGTON LEADER, 1917-1919

Consists of about 125 wartime letters written mostly by men from Tipton County who describe life in the military during World War I. Many are dated from “Somewhere in France” to family, friends, and the editor of the hometown newspaper. A few contain original poems expressing patriotic zeal, commitment to duty, going “over the top,” and an eagerness to whip the Kaiser. Six writers could not be fully identified due to unsigned or partially signed correspondence.

WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION HISTORICAL RECORDS SURVEY, 1935-1943

Collection contains approximately 106 cu. ft. of documents related to the Works Progress Administration Historical Records Survey in Tennessee. The collection is divided into two series: 1) administrative records and 2) records transcriptions. The material in Series I was originally processed in 1987 as RG 107, while the material in Series II remained mostly unprocessed and separated from RG 107. Because the documents in RG 107 were actually federal rather than state records, it was deaccessioned as a state record group in 2018-2019 and reaccessioned as a manuscript collection instead. The material in Series II was then reincorporated into the collection and processed.

TENNESSEE BAR FOUNDATION LEGAL HISTORY PROJECT, ADDITION 1: VIDEO RECORDINGS, 2012-2016

Consists of video interviews with more than 20 practicing or retired attorneys and judges to complement the initial donation of 76 recording. The project was launched by the Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation in 1998, and is an ongoing activity to help document the legal history of Tennessee. Each interview was conducted in the participant’s hometown. The typical interview runs two hours in length, but this varies. Each interview begins with some family background before transitioning into the legal careers of each individual. Commentaries on regional and national affairs include Tennessee’s 1965 Constitutional Convention, arguments made before the United States Supreme Court, and general remarks and observations on social and political issues of the day.

GEO. C. DURY & CO. (NASHVILLE, TENN.) LANTERN SLIDE COLLECTION, approximately 1880s-1920s

Consists of lantern slides made or collected by George Carl Dury. Most items are either directly marked or attributed to Geo. C. Dury & Co., Nashville. A few glass plates are marked as being made by others including Allison Spence (Northampton, Mass.), Holley Institute of Visual Instruction (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Willis P. Hume (North Tonawanda, N.Y.). The collection includes multiple slides of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville as well as various other locations in Tennessee including Knoxville, Dayton, Tullahoma, and Columbia. Dury documented schools, farm scenes, houses, courthouses, railroad depots, and industrial scenes. A large portion of the slides correspond to a lecture related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase. The Lewis and Clark slides include images from the Meriwether Lewis Monument Dedication in 1925 with some depicting soon-to-be Governor Henry H. Horton. Another large portion of the collection is comprised of slides related to missionary work in China.

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