History and Genealogy


Consists of Tennessee State Massage Licensure board minutes and other materials, primarily related to professional licensing and complaints. Audiocassettes contain recorded board meetings from November 2003 until May 2006. Audio compact discs are available for board meetings beginning in October 2008. Restricted materials comprise Boxes 7 and 8, which contain licensure applications and renewals with confidential information pursuant to TCA 10-7-504.


Consists of Tennessee Board for Economic Growth minutes and related materials, primarily for meetings held in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Knoxville. The governor attended many of the meetings. In addition to meeting records, the collection contains schedules for various events for the department, budget projections, fiscal reports, support and addendums for the passing of Opportunity 21, brochures and articles within and from outside the organization, and member profiles.


Consists of oral interviews conducted by Dan Kennerly in 1981 and 1982 as he was researching the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads as well as the movements of General Nathan Bedford Forrest during the Civil War in the Parker’s Crossroads area of West Tennessee. The Battle of Parker’s Crossroads occurred December 31, 1862 through January 1, 1863. Interviews were conducted in numerous locations in the area, mostly in the individuals’ homes. A portion of the audio was recorded while Mr. Kennerly was driving around the area in search of various battle sites and encampments during the war. Audio was recorded on audiocassette tapes, but has been digitized and saved on compact discs as well as on the internal server of the Library and Archives. Some interviews include partial transcripts while others simply contain a sheet with notes by Mr. Kennerly listing who was interviewed on each tape. Mr. Kennerly conducted numerous interviews and divided the material into 16 folders, generally by date of interview. The audio files are named to match the folder they were housed in, and unfortunately not all 16 folders have audio available. A listing of interviews contained in each folder is included in the Container List for this finding aid. Due to the poor condition of the audiocassette tapes, the originals were digitized and destroyed upon verification of the digitized versions’ sound quality.


Consists of correspondence, accounts, newspaper clippings, obituaries, deeds, eulogies, field notes, letter fragments, a land survey, a poem, a historical sketch, a memorandum, and a land contract. Most of the correspondence relates to Claybrooke family life during the mid-19th century and a bit earlier. Comments on slavery and slaves recur throughout the correspondence and could be important for students of African American history.


Consists of images from Camp Forrest in the form of negatives and black/white photographs. Prints are of an unidentified woman in a suit by a brick wall, three unidentified people in swim suits, and various headshots of unknown women. Negatives include a Christmas crafts exhibit, unidentified artwork, an image of three women by a single-engine airplane, a man on a telephone amid telephone exchange equipment, a dog, laboratory equipment, a drummer, group photos of unidentified individuals, an aerial view of camp, a toddler by a Christmas tree, a (December 1) 1943 certificate for the Volunteer Photographic Society (Chattanooga, Tenn.), and headshots of unidentified women and men. The group photos have a sign in front that reads “Camp Forrest” and are dated 1943. It is possible that the group photos are of or include prisoners of war. It is also conceivable that the artwork was made by POWs at the camp. Two signs with German writing may be seen in the Christmas crafts exhibit image. Loosely translated, one of the signs reads: “Do not bother [touch] the exhibits.”


The Public Records Commission record group spans the years 1956 through 1996, and measures .75 cubic feet. The bulk of the collection, covering the years 1957-1984, consists of minutes from the various Commission meetings, including the first meeting in 1957. Although attempting to meet twice a year, their meeting schedules were often erratic, which is reflected in this small collection. Also in the collection are Records Management Study reports, plans for a new records center, and some very early Records Disposition Authorizations. Audio recordings of the Commission meetings (Box 3) reside in the Tennessee State Library and Archives vault; therefore, a 24 hour notice is required to allow the audio material to acclimate before use.


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