Mf. 1000 -- John Robertson Bedford Diary, 1807. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The diary of Dr. John R. Bedford relates his 1807 journey down the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi rivers from Nashville to New Orleans. The diary is interesting in its description of the rivers, their hazards, and the towns and people encountered along the way. It is supplemented by introductory material and footnotes from the April and July, 1919 issues of the Tennessee Historical Magazine.
Mf. 1001 -- James Litton Cooper Memoir, 1861-1865. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
This articulate memoir, composed in 1866, traces the Civil War career of James Litton Cooper (1844-1924), a soldier in Company C, 20th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Litton was a seventeen year old Nashville boy at the start of the war, and his unit served with the Army of Tennessee until the end of the war.
Mf. 1002 -- John Erwin Memoir, 1836. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This memoir concerns the time this middle Tennessean spent in Florida during the Second Seminole War. Two regiments of Tennesseans were formed to protect Floridians “from depredations committed by the Indians,” presumably Seminole. John Erwin was appointed surgeon of the Second (Trousdale’s) Tennessee Mounted Infantry and offers many careful observations on the conduct of the punitive campaign.
Mf. 1003 -- Alfred Tyler Fielder Diaries, 1861-1865. 4 vols. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The diaries concern the Civil War career of Alfred T. Fielder, farmer and legislator from the vicinity of Trenton in Gibson County. He joined the “Friendship Volunteers,” later Company B, 12th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. Fielder describes members of his company, camps and soldier life, and various battles (Belmont, Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, and Peachtree Creek). He lists comrades wounded and killed in the various conflicts. The Fielder diaries provide a very detailed and descriptive account of virtually the entire war from the standpoint of a volunteer soldier in the Army of Tennessee. They are some of the best Civil War diaries in the TSLA.
Mf. 1004 -- Josephus Conn Guild Diary, 1836-1837. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The diary of Lieutenant Colonel Josephus Conn Guild (1802-1883), of the Second Tennessee Regiment, under the command of Brigadier General Robert Armstrong, covers the period from September 1, 1836 to January 10,1837, during his service in the Florida campaign against the Seminole Indians. Lt. Col. Guild’s diary begins on September 5, 1836 at Ft. Mitchell, Georgia, after he received orders to march to Florida. He describes in detail the south Alabama and Georgia country through which they march on their way to northern Florida. The whole campaign seems to have been plagued by gross mismanagement and inefficiency, and there were only two small engagements with the Indians before the regiment arrived in New Orleans on their way back to Tennessee.
Mf. 1005 -- Henry Hollingsworth Diary, 1836-1837. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The Seminole campaign diary of First Lieutenant Henry Hollingsworth (1808-1855), describes not only the Gulf Coast territory through which the soldiers pass but also the disaffection and near-mutinous conditions among the troops in his command. It is a companion piece to the Guild diary (Mf. 1004). Officers mentioned in Hollingsworth’s diary include Major Washington Barrow, Terry Cahal, Francis Dade, Colonel William Lauderdale, and Colonel William Trousdale. The Hollingsworth diary was edited by Stanley F. Horn and published in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 1942 and 1943.
Mf. 1006 -- Polly (Draper) Langford Diary, 1888-1889. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The diary kept by Polly Draper (later Mrs. Newton Langford), who lived with her parents on Dillard’s Creek near Chestnut Mound, Smith County, covers the period from September 26, 1888 to May of 1889 and provides a useful account of domestic life in rural Tennessee. Subjects discussed include church meetings, household chores, and social activities involving the Draper family, friends, and relatives.
Mf. 1007 -- Martha Jane Lindley Journal, 1850-1856. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
This is the daily journal kept by Martha Jane Lindley, who came from Africa to the U.S. to live, leaving behind her missionary family. The journal appears to have been written in Athens, Alabama, and Lindley speaks of Robert Donnell and an “Aunt Donnell,” members of a prominent north Alabama family. Besides her nostalgic reminiscences of Africa, the journal consists of thoughts on self-improvement and English and history school notes.
Mf. 1008 -- Walter Keeble Wendel Diaries, 1861-1862. 2 vols. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
These are diaries kept by Lieutenant Walter Keeble Wendel (1840-1862), who served in Company A, Second Tennessee Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America. Lt. Wendel was killed at the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky on August 20, 1862. He commented on a number of important Confederate leaders, including William B. Bate, Theophilus H. Holmes, and Pierre G. T. Beauregard; and camp sites, such as Fredericksburg and Aquia Creek, Virginia. The diaries include photographs and autographs.
Mf. 1009 -- Washington Curran Whitthorne Diary, 1845-1846. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The diary of Washington C. Whitthorne (1825-1891) was written in Washington, D.C., when the author was a clerk in the Bureau of the Treasury. The diary is a rather melancholic series of reflections by a young Tennessean on Washington government life. Whitthorne speaks of his work, politics and diplomacy, his girlfriend back home in Columbia, and his dislike for the capital city.
Mf. 1010 -- Albert Bramlett Neil Papers. 1000 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of A. B. Neil (1873-1966), Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, consist mainly of correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, sketches, speeches, programs, writings, and newspaper clippings covering the illustrious career of this twentieth-century jurist. There is extensive personal and political correspondence with such notable Tennesseans as Cordell Hull, Estes Kefauver, Frank G. Clement, and James McCord. The collection includes a fairly detailed inventory of A. B. Neil’s correspondence.
Mf. 1011 -- Tullahoma Methodist Episcopal Church Records. Coffee County, 1867-1932. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Tullahoma Methodist Episcopal Church consist of a history of the church, membership lists of full and probationary members, marriages, baptisms, and financial reports.
Mf. 1012 -- Indian Creek Baptist Association Minutes. Wayne County, TN and Lauderdale County, AL, 1867-1911. 43 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Indian Creek Baptist Association consist of minutes of meetings of the association for the years 1867 to 1911. These volumes also contain general statistics, lists of elders present from the various churches, and discussions of doctrinal controversies. The names in the minutes are primarily those of delegates and ministers attending the conventions. Other Tennessee counties included in the association are Giles, Hardin, and Lawrence.
Mf. 1013 -- Shoals Creek Baptist Association Minutes. Hardin and Wayne Counties, TN and Lauderdale County, AL, 1826-1860. 1 vol./B. DeBerry Account Books. Hardin County, TN, 1878-1905. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Shoals Creek Baptist Association consist of minutes of meetings and proceedings, lists of delegates, and rules of decorum. The association minutes are of some historical value, since they include resolutions on pressing theological and political issues such as abolitionism. The collection also includes a business account book kept by R. DeBerry, a Hardin County farmer and merchant.
Mf. 1014 -- Waynesboro Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday School Book. Wayne County, 1903-1904. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Waynesboro Methodist Episcopal Church consist of Sunday school records, including membership lists of the classes, minutes of meetings, and lists of contributors.
Mf. 1015 -- Indian Creek Baptist Church Minutes. Wayne County, 1908-1924. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Indian Creek Baptist Church consist of minutes of church meetings and a membership list. In these minutes, one can see the contentious issue of missions argued back and forth.
Mf. 1016 -- Martin Mills Charge (Methodist Episcopal Church) Records. Wayne County, 1908-1920. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Martin Mills Charge of Wayne County consist of membership and pastor lists, marriages, baptisms, and funerals for the following churches: Abram’s Chapel (Gillis Mills), Copeland Chapel, Martin Mills, Butts, and White’s Creek; and minutes of the Quarterly Conference meetings 1908-11.
Mf. 1017 -- Stetzer’s Funeral Home Records. Hamblen County, 1900-1930. 6000 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Stetzer Funeral Home consist of an alphabetical listing of the interments handled by this funeral home. The cards show the deceased’s birth and death dates, residence, place of interment, and occasionally the names of the mother and father.
Mf. 1018 -- John Steele Cooper Scrapbook and Diary. White County, 1889-1930. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is a combination scrapbook and diary kept by John Steele Cooper (1848-1930), state representative in the 55th and 57th General Assemblies from White County. The sporadic entries give information on the weather, business matters, legislative affairs, and social news.
Mf. 1019 -- W. W. Tuck Magistrate’s Docket. Macon County, 1877-1930. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The docket contains entries on cases and judgments recorded by Justice of the Peace W. W. Tuck in Macon County, eighth civil district. This judicial account book shows fines and court costs for each case and when paid. There is an alphabetical index by name of plaintiff and defendant.
Mf. 1020 -- Testament Primitive Baptist Church Records. Macon County, 1812-1987. 5 vols. TSLA. 1 reel 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Testament Primitive Baptist Church consists of minutes of meetings, membership lists, articles of faith, and a history of the church. Volume 5 is minutes of meetings of the Round Lick Association of Primitive Baptists 1837-1925. Volume 3 includes, in addition to the church minutes 1898-1958, letters of the Roark family 1863-74. These are particularly interesting church records, providing colorful information on the moral policing of the congregation; the admittance of a number of black members following the Civil War, creating a rare instance of an integrated congregation during Reconstruction; and charges of witchcraft leveled at two members during the 1830s.
Mf. 1021 -- United Daughters of the Confederacy Records. Tennessee Division, 1976-1986. 4 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Tennessee Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, consist of applications for membership, historical material, Crosses of Military Service, and minutes of meetings. Also included are applications for membership in the Children of the Confederacy 1980-86, and applications for Crosses of Military Service 1976-82. These records are an addition to the main collection of applications in Mf. 959 and other UDC records in Mf. 1276, Mf. 1369, Mf. 1411 and Mf. 1532. See also Mf. 583, Mf. 752, Mf. 1326, Mf. 1479, Mf. 1582, Mf. 1638, Mf. 1687, Mf. 1705, Mf. 1755, Mf. 1849 and Mf. 1942 for additional UDC records.
Mf. 1022 -- Joseph C. Taylor Diary, 1863. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The diary kept by Joseph C. Taylor, private, Second Indiana Cavalry, Company I, was written from February 15, 1863 to June 26, 1863 and recount the movements of Pvt. Taylor’s Indiana regiment through south central Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. The diary is well-written and quite detailed with respect to camp conditions, skirmishes, day-to-day soldier’s life, and the weather.
Mf. 1023 -- Springfield United Methodist Church Membership Roll. Robertson County, 1920-1987. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Springfield United Methodist Church consist of a membership roll for the church, recording the names and addresses of members (often including the whole family), occupations, date received into church, officiating pastor, list of preparatory members, and birth and death dates. The records are arranged chronologically.
Mf. 1024 -- Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1875. NA. 17 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are quarterly abstracts of passenger lists of vessels arriving at New Orleans from foreign ports, January 1820-July 1875. The abstracts are arranged chronologically by arrival date of vessel and contain the names of the vessels, their dates of arrival, the port of embarkation, and - typically - the information required on the passenger lists. The lists normally give the following information about each passenger: name, age, sex, occupation, the country of origin, destination, and notations as to the number and cause of deaths on board. No index.
Mf. 1025 -- Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy from Navy Agents and Naval Storekeepers, 1843-1865. 28 vols. NA. 12 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are letters received by the Secretary of the Navy mainly from naval agents and storekeepers during the period 1843-65. Subject matter generally pertains to the procurement of stores and materials for constructing, arming, and equipping vessels of war. From the beginning of the Navy Department, agents were responsible for the purchase of all naval stores such as timber, pitch, hemp, and sailcloth from civilian contractors. The communications and enclosures are arranged for the most part in chronological order.
Mf. 1026 -- Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1820-1897 (Federal Passenger Lists). NA. 170 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The Works Progress Administration (WPA)-generated index cards (Soundex system) to the Federal passenger lists of vessels arriving at Baltimore, 1820-91 (Mf. 975). These lists were submitted by the masters of vessels to the collector of customs at the port of Baltimore. The passenger lists give name, age sex, occupation, country of origin, destination, and notations as to the number and cause of deaths on board. Other information includes marital status, name of vessel, and date of arrival. See also Mf. 974 and Mf. 975.
Mf. 1027 -- General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. NA. 58 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is the name index to the compiled service records of soldiers who served with the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The regular army units authorized by the Continental Congress formed the “Continental Army,” but this army was supplemented by units of militia and volunteers. This index contains entries for the regular soldiers of the Continental Army and for the militia, volunteers, and others who served with them. Each card gives name, unit and sometimes rank, profession or office. This card file is an index to the compiled service records (Mf. 1423).
Mf. 1028 -- Selected Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs Relating to the Cherokees of North Carolina, 1851-1905. NA. 7 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are the letters received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1851 to 1905, relating to the Cherokees of North Carolina, the establishment of their reservation, and attendant litigation. After the general removal of the Cherokees from their lands in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, 1836-38, some 1500-2000 Cherokees succeeded in remaining in the east either by evading forced removal or by accepting the option offered by the 1835 treaty of becoming citizens of the state in which they resided.
Most of these letters are from Office of Indian Affairs field agents, who reported directly to the Commissioner. They pertain to the payment of annuities; land surveys and allotments in the 75,000 acre Qualla Boundary in North Carolina; intrusions on Indian lands; depredation claims; and schools. There is little documentation for certain periods during the late nineteenth century, since the office’s involvement with the North Carolina Cherokees was somewhat sporadic.
Mf. 1029 -- Thomas Sigismund Stribling Papers, 1907-1982. 2 vols. 3500 items. TSLA. 17 reels. 16 mm.
The papers are centered around Thomas S. Stribling (1881-1965), writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, and his wife, Louella Stribling (1903-) of Clifton. During Stribling’s forty-five year literary career, he published dozens of stories, articles, and full-length novels, including Birthright, Teeftallow, Backwater, The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral. In 1933 Stribling was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Store.
The collection is composed of book reviews, clippings, literary contracts, correspondence, copyright agreements, eulogies, genealogical data, interviews with the author, notebooks, published and unpublished writings, and miscellaneous items. A large portion of the collection consists of correspondence from Stribling’s earliest years as a writer through the mid-1960s.
One section of the correspondence deals with publishing in the first decades of the twentieth century and traces Stribling’s relationship with editors of the Sunday School periodicals where he got his start to the major national houses such as Random House and Doubleday. Stribling was one of the first of the southern realists to reawaken in the northern reading public an interest in works by southern writers. With his realistic southern settings and unsentimental look at race relations, Stribling helped to set the tone for a modern regional literature in the South. He was one of the first southern writers to portray blacks in a more realistic and less stereotypical manner.
The notebooks and diaries are accounts of Stribling’s travels in Europe and South America. Journals and reviews reflect both his efforts as a publicist and the literary community’s appraisal of his considerable body of work. The papers represent a significant contribution to the study of the life and work of a southern writer. The register includes a name index to correspondence. Additions to this collection can be found in Mf. 1213, Mf. 1413, Mf. 1482, Mf. 1530 and Mf. 2013.
Mf. 1030 -- War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858. 105 vols. NA. 14 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are two series of military bounty land warrants issued between 1815 and 1858 to veterans of the War of 1812, and indexes to them. Military bounty land warrants were issued to eligible veterans giving them rights to free land in the public domain (specifically, portions of Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas). They contain the name of the veteran; rank on discharge from military service; company, regiment, and branch of service; date the warrant was issued; and usually the date the land was located and the page where it is recorded. The warrants are in chronological order. The indexes are on roll 1, as follows: (1) Alphabetical Index of Missouri Patentees, (2) Index of Arkansas Patentees, (3) Partial Index of Illinois Patentees, and (4) Index of Patentees Under the Act of 1842.
Mf. 1031 -- Historical Information Relating to Military Posts and Other Installations, 1700-1900. 27 vols. NA. 8 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The twenty-seven volume “Outline Index of Military Forts and Stations,” contains historical information about military posts and other installations, ca. 1700 to 1900. These documents were generated by the Adjutant General’s Office and are arranged alphabetically by name of installation; they consist of letters, reports, maps, plats, blueprints, and other records related to military posts. In addition to regular U.S. Army posts, there are entries for Confederate forts; fortified Indian towns and Indian trading houses; harbor pilot stations; national cemeteries; redoubts and batteries; civilian fur company blockhouses; and British, French, Spanish, and Dutch installations erected within the present boundaries of the U.S.
An entry may include such information as when and by whom an installation was established and abandoned; geographic location; origin or derivation of name; names of units stationed there and their period of assignment; history, geology, and plant life of the surrounding area; aspects of the descent of legal title; and construction details.
Mf. 1032 -- Letters of Application and Recommendation During the Administration of Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837. NA. 27 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are records of the Department of State during the administration of Andrew Jackson 1829-37. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by name of applicant or person recommended. Each entry gives the name of the applicant, appropriate cross-reference to other applicants, the dates of documents and their enclosures, and the number of documents that contain a reference to the applicant.
Most of the applicants sought specific positions for which they considered themselves qualified. Requests for employment in such government agencies as the Treasury, Post Office, and the Patent Office are included with requests for a position as judge, marshall, attorney, clerk, and particularly commercial agent and consular officer. The Jacksonian presidency was the golden era of Federal patronage, and these letters reflect the multitude of requests for government jobs from men who had served under Jackson during his military campaigns or who had some other association with him. See also Mf. 11, Mf. 30, Mf. 172, Mf. 300, Mf. 337, Mf. 809 and Mf. 1099 for other papers of Jackson.
Mf. 1033 -- Old Settler Cherokee Roll, 1895, and Index to Payment Roll, 1896. NA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs were prepared in accordance with the treaty of August 6, 1846, which provided for the payment of certain shares from funds established by the Removal Treaty of 1835 to Cherokee “Old Settlers” in Indian Territory and their legal heirs. Entries for individuals include name, age, sex, address, and various identification numbers. While no records of actual payment have been located, there is an index to such a payment roll, arranged alphabetically by either surname or Indian name.
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Mf. 1035 -- 1832 Census of Creek Indians, Taken by Parsons and Abbott. 1 vol. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The original handwritten enumeration of members of the Creek nation was taken in 1832, prior to the removal of the Creek people to Indian Territory; the census is arranged by town.
Mf. 1036 -- Index to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1833-1866 (City Passenger Lists). NA. 22 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is a card index (Soundex system) to the names on lists of passengers on vessels arriving at the port of Baltimore 1833-66. The cards include information under the following headings: family name; given name; accompanied by; age; sex; marital status; occupation; nationality; last permanent residence (town, country, etc.); destination; port of entry; name of vessel; and date. These “City Lists” fill some gaps in the Federal Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore (Mf. 1026). Abstracts of Baltimore passenger lists, 1820-91, are found in Mf. 975.
Mf. 1037 -- Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy from the President and Executive Agencies, 1837-1886. 131 vols. NA. 49 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are letters and enclosures received by the Secretary of the Navy from the President and the heads of other executive departments and offices 1837-86. The communications are arranged in chronological order. They consist not only of letters, memoranda, and telegrams, but also of enclosures such as reports, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, maps, and drawings. The letters relate to such varied topics as patents, instructions to emissaries, consular dispatches, Army and Navy operations in the war with Mexico and the Civil War, Civil War damage claims, and the assignment of naval personnel. Most of the volumes contain two indexes, one to the name, title, and office of the correspondent; and the other to subjects.
Mf. 1038 -- Records of the Superintendent of Education for the State of Tennessee, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1870. NA. 9 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are records of the Superintendent of Education for the Tennessee Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands 1865-70, including letters and endorsements sent and registers of letters received.
Although the Freedmen’s Bureau was part of the War Department, its work was primarily social and economic in nature. The bureau issued supplies to destitute persons, maintained freedmen’s schools, supervised labor contracts between black employees and white employers, and attended to the disposition of confiscated and abandoned lands. Much of the bureau’s work in Tennessee was educational, conducted under the direction of General Clinton B. Fisk and a series of successors. The schools in Tennessee included day schools for children, night schools for adults, and Sabbath schools. Such schools operated through July of 1870, when all bureau educational activities in the state ceased.
The records of the Superintendent include three volumes of press copies of miscellaneous letters sent to the bureau’s assistant commissioner in Nashville and one volume of letters sent to the Washington headquarters. These letters are arranged chronologically and each volume contains a name index. Most of the letters are addressed either to officials of aid societies in the north or teachers and other bureau officials in the field. Letters to the aid societies generally sought additional money and personnel, whereas correspondence with teachers and district superintendents dealt primarily with routine matters of forms, salaries, and repairs to school buildings. Teachers sometimes wrote asking for better protection, and freedmen wrote to ask help in setting up a new school. Other Freedmen’s Bureau records for Tennessee may be found in Mf. 32, Mf. 184 and Mf. 536.
Mf. 1039 -- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, 1800-1882. NA. 108 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are passenger lists of vessels arriving at the port of Philadelphia from foreign ports 1800-82. Documents 1800-19 are inward cargo manifests that include only the names of passengers and the quantity of baggage. The lists for the period 1820-82 normally give the name of the vessel, its master, the port of embarkation, the date of arrival, and information about each passenger as follows: name, age, sex, occupation, country of origin, destination, and if he died enroute, the date and circumstances of his death. See Mf. 973 for the index to this material.
Mf. 1040 -- Mabel Harvey Thornton Papers, 1845-1984. 10,500 items. TSLA. 12 reels. 16 mm.
The papers are centered around Mabel Harvey Thornton (1929-1985), certified genealogist and professional secretary, and her mother, Florence (Morris) Harvey Nealon (1909-1986), of Rockwood. The collection is composed of applications, cemetery records, certificates, church records, clippings, correspondence, financial documents, genealogical data, land records, maps, military records, photographs, Roane College school records, and sketches.
Families treated include Butler, Creekmore, Davenport, Dorman, Edwards, Fuqua, Hagler, Holloway, Jones, Law, Manley, McCaleb, McFarland, Morris, Pugh Rector, Sutton, Taliaferro, Thornton, Trammel, and Vitatoe. The correspondence is mostly genealogical. There is considerable information concerning Roane College, actually a secondary school which evolved from Poplar Creek Seminary. The chief value of the collection lies in its genealogical data on selected pioneer families in Roane County and East Tennessee. The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1041 -- City Road Methodist Church Records. Davidson County, 1885-1940. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of City Road Methodist Church in Madison consist of lists of marriages and baptisms, members and pastors, and some clippings. The material is chronologically arranged. No index.
Mf. 1042 -- Dispatches from United States Ministers to Russia, 1808-1906. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is the register or calendar of dispatches from U.S. diplomatic representatives to Russia from July of 1809 to December of 1906.
Mf. 1043 -- Blue Spring Baptist Church Minutes. Viola, 1807-1858. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The records of Blue Spring Baptist Church in Warren County consist of church minutes, abstracts, and membership lists 1807-58. The early church minutes have been transcribed and typewritten for easier reading.
Mf. 1044 -- Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865. 429 vols. NA. 145 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are records relating to Confederate prisoners of war confined by Federal authorities in northern prisoner-of-war (POW) camps, 1861-65. These records are part of the War Department Collection of Confederate Records.
The records contain much duplication. The first few volumes of this series were generated by the Office of the Commissary General of Prisoners, established in July of 1862. They record all Confederate prisoners of war and political prisoners, giving name, rank, regiment or residence of each prisoner, showing the date and place of capture or arrest, and often the subsequent disposition of the prisoner. The series "Records Relating to All Prisoners" also contain compiled registers of deaths (arranged by state), applications for release, and names of prisoners released.
More extensive and detailed with respect to individual prisoners are the records arranged by prison. These consist of entries copied from rolls, reports, and returns submitted by individual prison authorities. The principal records are the basic prison registers showing arrivals, confinements, and usually dispositions of prisoners. Such ledgers typically show rank, regiment and company; date and place of capture; and the cause and date of death if the prisoner died during confinement. The auxiliary registers list prisoners confined; prisoners’ personal effects; whether and when a prisoner took the oath of allegiance for purposes of gaining a parole; ledgers, correspondence, and morning reports.
Used in conjunction with a military service record telling where a prisoner was interned, these valuable records reveal a great deal about thousands of southern soldiers incarcerated in Civil War POW camps.
Mf. 1045 -- Confederate States Army Casualties: Lists and Narrative Reports, 1861-1865. NA. 7 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is part of the unbound lists and narrative reports of casualties submitted to the Confederate War Department by units of the Confederate Army 1861-65. After each engagement the participating units would submit to the Adjutant and Inspector General a return of the killed, wounded, and missing, together with narrative reports of the action. Some of the lists and reports are duplicates of those that have been published in the Official Records. The records are arranged alphabetically by state where the engagement took place, then by engagement, then by type of unit (artillery, cavalry, infantry.) Reel 4 contains the Tennessee engagements.
Mf. 1046 -- Hindses Valley Baptist Church Records. Roane County, 1820-1924. 1 vol. 20 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Hindses Valley Baptist Church consist of minutes of church meetings, membership lists, financial reports, an abstract of principles, articles of faith, and letters of dismissal. The minutes are chronologically arranged, and the membership rolls are arranged alphabetically. The original church was at Bullock Pen.
Mf. 1047 -- Union Provost Marshals’ Files of Papers Relating to Individual Civilians, 1861-1866. NA. 300 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is a large series of documents dating from the Civil War and taken from the files of the Union Army Provost Marshal, each of which pertains to one civilian. The provost marshals were military police. They sought out and arrested deserters, Confederate spies, and civilians suspected of disloyalty; investigated threats against government property; controlled the passage of civilians in military zones and those using government transportation; confined prisoners; and maintained records of paroles and oaths of allegiance. Provost courts were established to try cases involving civilian violators of military orders and wartime measures.
The documents are arranged alphabetically by name of individual involved (note: there is a separate National Archives publication of Union Provost Marshals’ Files Relating to Two or More Civilians). These documents on civilians who came into contact with the Army or its courts during the Civil War include correspondence, provost court papers, orders, passes, paroles, oaths of allegiance, transportation permits, and claims for compensation for property used or destroyed by military forces.
Mf. 1048 -- Blair and Johnson Family Scrapbooks. Roane County, 1688-1988. 4 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The scrapbooks of the Blair and Johnson families consist of genealogical notes, wills and deeds, correspondence, church records and tax records. Volume 1 contains genealogical data for the Blair family, 1760-1960; Volume 2 includes Blair family records, 1823-1988; Volume 3 includes Blair family correspondence, 1848-1895; and Volume 4 consists of Johnson family records, 1729-1978.
Mf. 1049 -- Ilene J. Cornwell Collection, 1767-1920. 12 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The papers of writer Ilene Cornwell consist of various writings, church records, biographical sketches, and magazines. These volumes include a biographical sketch of Andrew Jackson; minutes of the annual conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South 1855-69; minutes of the vestry of St. Matthew’s Parish, South Carolina, 1767-1838; Sartain’s Union Magazine of Literature and Art, April and July, 1852; Schools in the Bituminous Coal Regions of the Appalachian Mountains, 1920; The Negro, 1867; and Southern Literature Since the War, 1896
Mf. 1050 -- Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Minutes. Robertson County, 1894-1976. 8 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church consist of minutes of church meetings, membership rolls, financial reports, and correspondence. The minutes are not indexed but are arranged chronologically.
Mf. 1051 -- Land Between the Lakes Project, 1965-1969. J. Milton Henry Collection, 1800-1969. 2000 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of the Land Between the Lakes Project, 1965-68, which concern primarily Stewart County, TN, and Trigg and Lyon Counties, KY, were compiled for a history of the area to be prepared for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The director of the project was Dr. J. Milton Henry, Professor of History at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Dr. Henry was engaged by TVA to gather materials and write a history of the area between Barkley Lake on the Cumberland River and Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River. The collection reflects his goal of documenting the traditional ways of life that TVA was bringing to an end.
Records include business papers, cemetery and church records, correspondence, genealogical data, government and legal documents, newspaper clippings, personal interviews, photographs of historical artifacts and sites, and school records. The correspondence is primarily that of Dr. Henry for the years 1966-69. Topics discussed include Indian prehistory and artifacts, Bible records, cemeteries, Chinese laborers employed in the iron works, Civil War battles, whiskey distilleries, inventions, iron furnaces, land grants, night riders, the oil industry, post offices, schools and churches, and steamboat lore on the lower Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers. The collection also includes four letters of James Joseph Hallums (1843-1911) of the 30th Tennessee Infantry Regiment dated 1862-64 discussing Fort Donelson, the Atlanta Campaign, and prison conditions at Camp Butler, Illinois.
The collection is particularly strong as a source of information on the early iron industry in the region, timber cutting and whiskey distilling, night rider activities, and commercial steamboat traffic on the rivers.
Mf. 1052 -- J. Emerick Nagy Collection of Nashville Public Schools Papers. 20,000 items. TSLA. 26 reels. 16 mm.
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The papers of J. Emerick Nagy (1903-1987), Nashville school administrator, deal with the city’s public schools and Nashville history in general from 1854 to 1958. Nagy was a tireless collector and transcriber of school records. The collection contains numerous typed transcripts of records, typed excerpts from books, and bound copies of the minutes of the Nashville Board of Education 1854-88. The eclectic selection and organization of these materials was made by the collector himself.
Included in the collection are hundreds of letters, 1902-58; reports of various divisions of the Nashville school board; teacher and parent directories from the 1920s through the 1950s; school annuals and directories, 1906-61; teacher manuals; lists of applicants and employees; budgets; annual reports; census reports; statistics; publications; newspaper clippings; maps; and photographs. There are sketches and notes on a number of school board members, superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, janitors, and office employees, 1852-1954.
Nagy accumulated a great deal of material on an important early Southern school administrator, Joshua Fenton Pearl, who was Nashville ’s first superintendent of public education, serving from 1854-61. The collection contains considerable source material - primary and secondary - on Nashville ’s political and cultural past. See also Mf. 1136 for other Nagy papers and photographs.
Mf. 1053 -- William Burdette Papers, 1810-1964. 28 vols. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The papers concerning the Burdette family of Bedford County include genealogical data, land records, memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Of particular interest are the notes and photographs taken after World War I during William Burdette’s stint in the Medical Auxiliary Corps in the Philippines.
Mf. 1054 -- Meriwether Lewis Scrapbook, 1774-1935. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This volume contains clippings on the life and career of Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), co-leader of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition that explored the Louisiana Purchase. There are a number of items related to the mysterious death of Lewis on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee in 1809. The scrapbook also contains clippings on the efforts of the Meriwether Lewis Memorial Association and other organizations and individuals to build a monument honoring Lewis and his accomplishments.
Mf. 1055 -- Lindenwood Christian Church (formerly Linden Street Christian Church) Newsletters - The Endeavor Evangel, April 5, 1903 to December 22, 1917. 15 vols. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The newsletters of Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis were published on behalf of the Memphis area Christian churches. Issues contain church news, literary writings, and sketches of the various Christian churches in the Memphis area.
Mf. 1056 -- K. C. Hardcastle, Jr. Papers, 1899-1958. 30 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The papers of K. C. Hardcastle, Jr. are centered around the creation of Camp Boxwell, the Boy Scouts of America reservation in Wilson County. Hardcastle served on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts, and was instrumental in acquiring the land for the reservation. The collection consists mainly of correspondence between Mr. Hardcastle and local businessmen, influential government officials, and members of Congress in an effort to secure U. S. Corps of Engineers land in Wilson County for the reserve. There is also information on L. G. Boxwell, president of the Nashville-area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, for whom the reservation was named.
Mf. 1057 -- H. S. Young Day Book. Macon County, 1858. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The H. S. Young day book, a volume of daily accounts was kept in 1858 by Young, a Macon County farmer, for such purchases as fabric, groceries, and feed.
Mf. 1058 -- Enon Association of Missionary Baptists Minutes. Macon and Smith Counties, 1850-1901. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Enon Association of Missionary Baptists include church minutes 1850-1901. These are organizational records for a circuit of individual, rural Baptist churches containing some interesting discussions of church policy and such practices as foot-washing.
Mf. 1059 -- Wilda Allen Luttrell Collection of Obituaries. Putnam and Jackson Counties, 1965-1986. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This scrapbook contains obituaries for residents of Putnam and Jackson counties 1965-86. The obituaries are alphabetically arranged and were taken from the Cookeville Dispatch & Herald Citizen and the Jackson County Sentinel, Gainesboro.
Mf. 1060 -- State Free Negro Capitation Tax Books, Charleston, South Carolina, ca 1811-1860. by Judith M. Brimelow and Michael E. Stevens. Published 1983 by South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1983. 2 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is a publication of twenty-nine books that list the names of free blacks who resided in Charleston between about 1811 and 1860 (not an unbroken set.) These books list in alphabetical order the names of free black residents of the two city parishes of St. Philip’s and St. Michael’s.
Mf. 1061 -- John McIver Diary, 1780-1805. 1 vol. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The business diary and journal of John McIver (1764-1828) documents a trip through central Kentucky and northern Tennessee to conduct a land survey. Between 1785 and 1805, McIver was engaged to carry out an extensive survey of far-flung properties belonging to a Mr. Watson. McIver may have been employed by George Washington Campbell, a prominent Nashvillian and national politician, to settle the landholdings part of an estate case.
During his travels through the wilderness, McIver relates his hardships and adventures. His journal is an excellent description of the day-to-day challenges faced by a working surveyor on the frontier. Business dealings brought McIver to the Middle Tennessee area, and he relates his visits with Andrew Jackson, John Donelson, and John Overton. This diary is one of the earliest pioneer documents in the holdings of the TSLA.
Mf. 1062 -- Cemetery Records, Jackson County (Tenn.), 1804-1987. 1804-1987. 1 reel. 16mm.
The records for the Jackson County, Tennessee cemeteries was compiled by Wilda Allen Luttrell. The cemetery index can be found at the end of the roll. Also included are the Jackson County tax lists for 1802 and 1804-1811 as well as miscellaneous obituary clippings and copies from a Woolbright family Bible.
Mf. 1063 -- Blanch (Spurlock) Bentley Papers, 1761-1942. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers belonging to Mrs. Bentley, a writer and genealogist, are composed of correspondence, genealogical data, indentures, maps, a Mexican War muster roll from Captain A. Northcut’s Company, and historical notes and sketches, mostly centered in McMinnville and Warren County. Sixteen of the letters were written by a Federal soldier of the 19th Michigan Volunteers who was with Sherman’s army; they give vivid descriptions of the destruction wrought in Georgia and South Carolina in late 1864 and early 1865. There are very good abstracts of the Civil War letters, which describe fighting around Atlanta, at New Hope Church and Savannah, and during Sherman’s march through Georgia, South and North Carolina.
There are six folders of genealogical material on the following families, most of which have Warren County connections: Archer, Argo, Armstrong, Bentley, Black, Bolling, Bonner, Bostock, Branch, Buchanan, Coffee, Cunningham, Edmondson, Eldridge, Faffar, Fisher, Garretson, Gay, Goode, Gwin, Harding, Heath, Henderson, Higgenbotham, Hoge, Laughlin, Lee, Loyd, Looney, McGee, Mitchell, Powell, Poythress, Rodgers, Rolfe, Rowan, Rust, Smartt, Sniper, Soane, Spurlock, Trent, Vaughn, Wilcher, Williams, Wilson, Woodson, and Woorsham. There are some useful sketches as well on early Tennessee immigrant roads.
Mf. 1064 -- Maxwell Baptist Church Records, Coffee County Association. Tullahoma, 1830-1889. 1 vol. SBC. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These incomplete records of the Baptist Church of Christ at Salem cover the period 1830-89. They include lists of members, an historical directory of the ministers, and a chronologically-arranged set of minutes and rules. This collection is a companion to Mf. 988, the records of the Maxwell Baptist Church of Tullahoma.
Mf. 1065 -- Fort Family Papers, 1710-1962. 11 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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The papers center around the descendants of Elias Fort (1730-1819), who came to Robertson County from North Carolina in 1789. The papers consist of accounts; Bible records; correspondence; genealogical data; school records and papers; church records, sermon notes and religious essays; photographs; wills; and reminiscences of Elias Fort, who moved the family from Edgecombe County, NC, to the Sulphur Fork of Red River to join other early settlers in founding the communities of Turnersville and Port Royal.
Most of the volumes are business journals and account books of the Forts, who were prominent in the affairs of the Red River Baptist Church and the Elk Fork Academy. Correspondence concerns mainly family matters, although there is some discussion of church business, the passage to California in 1850, and Central American affairs before the Civil War. The collection includes historical sketches of the Dickinson (Dickerson) Road in Nashville, Haysborough, and the Dark-Fired Tobacco District Planter’s Protective Association of KY and TN, in which members of the Fort family were active. The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1066 -- Historical Records Survey of Tennessee Cemeteries. 800 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 16 mm.
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The Historical Records survey of Tennessee churches and cemeteries was a project of the WPA 1936-39. This project consisted of copying tombstone inscriptions in cemeteries throughout the state. The project was suspended in 1939; consequently, not all or even most of the cemeteries in the state were covered, nor were all the tombstone inscriptions typed -- some remain in handwritten form. The majority of counties covered were those of Middle Tennessee; several were done in East Tennessee; only a few in West Tennessee. Many of these cemeteries have been damaged or destroyed by weather, vandalism, or lack of maintenance; in some cases these lists are the only surviving records of the inscriptions.
The register includes an alphabetical listing of cemeteries by county, and geographical location of the cemetery when known. For the companion collection of the Historical Records Survey of Tennessee Churches, see Mf. 1072.
Mf. 1067 -- Federal Writer’s Project Records, Tennessee, 1941. 3000 items. TSLA. 8 reels. 16 mm.
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These are records of the Tennessee Writer’s Project, headquartered in Knoxville and conducted under the aegis of the WPA. It was a New Deal program designed to put unemployed intellectuals to work during the Depression. The Tennessee project was completed about 1941 and embraced material about natural resources, counties, towns, folklore and old stories, native tribes, government, courts, institutions, industry, agriculture, crime, and famous individuals in state history.
Much of this material was used in the Federal Writer’s Project Guide to Tennessee. Two boxes of material were collected on the Wideness Road for a book that was never published. The collection contains material on county history, famous homes, schools, colleges, landmarks, state government, and 322 biographical sketches. The register includes a list of subjects covered and an index to the biographical sketches.
Mf. 1068 -- Dahlgren Family Papers, 1818-1934. 500 items. THS. 1 reel. 16 mm.
The papers of the Dahlgrens, a prominent Tennessee family, is composed of account books, booklets, clippings, correspondence, genealogical data, photographs, scrapbooks, writings, and miscellaneous items. Most of the collection is the correspondence of John A. Dahlgren (1870-1938), amateur historian and genealogist, and is genealogical in nature. There are two letters from U.S. Navy Admiral John Dahlgren, inventor of the famous naval gun, and some copies of Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner photographs.
Mf. 1069 -- Lewis Shepherd Pope Papers, 1825-1971. 4 vols. 1500 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 16 mm.
Lewis Shepherd Pope (1878-1972) was a Bledsoe County lawyer, assistant U.S. Attorney, member of the Tennessee Senate, Commissioner of Institutions, and three-time candidate for Governor. Pope’s long career as a public servant and participant in Democratic state politics is well documented in this set of personal records. The papers consist of accounts, correspondence, court records, diaries, election records, reports, speeches, and a few miscellaneous items.
Political correspondence is concentrated in the years 1916-38, when Pope was an active force in Tennessee politics. His letters reflect an active involvement with such figures as George L. Berry, Gordon Browning, E. W. Carmack, Jr., Prentice Cooper, E. H. Crump, James Farley, Albert Gore, Ben W. Hooper, Cordell Hull, Estes Kefauver, Hill McAlister, Jim McCord, Kenneth D. McKellar, George F. Milton, Adolph Ochs, and Austin Peay. There are letters concerning the operation of TVA, state hospitals and schools, and the investigation of state agencies and their finances, 1937-38, in which Pope played a major role.
Diaries spanning the years 1919-27 comment on gubernatorial campaigns and inaugurations, the Scopes Trial, the women’s suffrage amendment, the reform of state prisons and mental hospitals, and the death of Governor Austin Peay. Election records cover Pope’s campaigns in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as his efforts to gain appointment as U.S. Attorney in 1916 and U.S. Senator in 1937. Finally, there are numerous records pertaining to the extensive investigation of state government and tax collection which Pope conducted after 1937. The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1070 -- Esmerelda (Robinson) Smith Genealogical Collection, 1738-1939. 4 vols. 100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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This genealogical collection was compiled by Esmerelda Robinson Smith (1895-) of Nashville. It is composed of Bible, birth, census, land, and marriage records; biographical sketches; correspondence, maps, wills, and a volume entitled Some Descendants of John Robinson of Cumberland County, Virginia. There are a great many photocopies of original courthouse records.
Genealogical data is given for the following families: Adamson, Anderson, Barnes, Bartlett, Bradley, Bradshaw, Brown, Cantrell, Cardwell, Corley, Driver, England, Fite, Foutch, Gallimore, Given, Hampton, Jennings, Jones, Lack, Lancaster, Manners, Martin, Meador, Oakley, Odom, Patterson, Prichard, Reynolds, Roberts, Robinson, Simpson, Smith, Turner, Uhls, Williams, Winfree, and Yeargin.
Mf. 1071 -- Grassmere Collection, 1786-1985. 10,200 items. TSLA. 9 reels. 16 mm.
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The collection centeres around five generations of a family that lived at Grassmere Farm near Nashville: Michael C. Dunn (1770-1853), Lee Shute (?-?), William Dickson Shute (1834-1916), and the Croft sisters, Margaret (1889-1974) and Elise (1894-1985).
The collection consists of accounts, cards, clippings, correspondence, court records, financial documents, genealogical data, journals, land records, legal documents, maps, newspapers, notebooks, photographs, printed material, programs, tax records, and writings. A large part of the collection is correspondence. Letters from William Polk, Thomas G. Polk, Hardy Murfree, and Matthew Fontaine Maury are included, including one written by Everard Hall in 1831 giving a firsthand account of the Nat Turner slave uprising in Southhampton County, VA. There are several Civil War period letters.
In more recent years, the Croft sisters corresponded with an interesting array of public figures, intellectuals, and friends abroad. The collection includes a fairly complete set of accounts, journals, and land records detailing farm business. Elise Croft’s diaries (1942-77) reveal much about her personal as well as business life. There are hundreds of photographs of Grassmere and the people who lived within its spacious confines. The collection provides an unusually complete documentary record of a large family farm over two centuries of operation. The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1072 -- Historical Records Survey of Tennessee Churches, 1785-1942. 12,000 items. TSLA. 14 reels. 16 mm.
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This companion collection to the Historical Records Survey of Tennessee Cemeteries (Mf. 1066), includes church minutes, membership rolls, registers, charters, constitutions, and deeds; surveys of records kept by churches in 73 Tennessee counties; historical sketches of churches, religious movements, and colleges; newspaper clippings about churches and lists of churches; biographical sketches; correspondence pertaining to the survey; and rough drafts of guides which were later published.
There are transcribed copies - some of them handwritten - of original church records from 26 Tennessee counties, ranging from 1785 to 1938, and historical sketches of many denominations and their educational institutions. The bulk of the collection is made up of church surveys, conducted by WPA field workers and containing information on each church’s history and its buildings, records, and affiliations. These 1930s church surveys are arranged by county, subdivided by denomination, then ordered by the name of the congregation.
Mf. 1073 -- Yeatman-Polk Collection, 1785-1970. 60 vols. 35,000 items. TSLA. 19 reels, 18 16 mm & 1 35 mm.
This collection centers around the descendants of Lieutenant Colonel William Polk (1758-1834) of Mecklenburg County, NC, Revolutionary War officer, landowner, planter, and state legislator; and Colonel John Donelson (1718-1785), surveyor, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, and co-founder with James Robertson of the settlement of Nashville. Major figures in the collection include Lucius Junius Polk (1803-1870), son of William Polk, Maury County senator, and builder of Hamilton Place at Ashwood in Maury County; Mary Eastin (Wharton) Yeatman (1883-1970), who united through marriage the Polk and Donelson families; Thomas Yeatman (1787-1833), wealthy Nashville merchant and banker; his wife, Jane Erwin (1797-1877), who later married U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Bell (1797-1869); Henry Clay Yeatman (n.d.), entrepreneur and Confederate sympathizer; James Erwin Yeatman (1818-1901), banker, philanthropist, and president of the Western Sanitary Commission; and Thomas Yeatman (1828-1890), lawyer, Union officer, and expatriate.
The bulk of the collection is correspondence. Other records include accounts, awards, biographical and genealogical data, church records, diaries, journals, and memoirs; land records, legal documents, letterbooks, maps, and military records; newspaper clippings, oaths, obituaries, photographs, school records, scrapbooks, speeches, wills and estate papers, and writings.
The Yeatman-Polk collection is a valuable set of family papers, from both a genealogical and historical standpoint. The collection includes information about an important planter family of Middle Tennessee which was divided during the Civil War, the activities of the Western Sanitary Commission, the day-to-day operations of a large antebellum plantation, and the affairs of several of the most prominent families in Middle Tennessee. The register includes a name index to the correspondence and genealogical charts. See Mf. 1118 for additional Yeatman-Polk papers.
Mf. 1074 -- Wright W. Frost Collection, 1600-1900. 1100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The collection consists of the genealogical work of Wright W. Frost (1906-1973) on the Beardon, Boone, Davis, Dews, Fairchild, Frost, Hix, Holt, Howard, Humphreys, Nichols, Parker, Petty, Reagor, Shook, Silvertooth, Wooldridge, Wright and other families. The bulk of the collection is genealogical data, spanning a long period of time with no particular period of concentration. There is a name index to correspondence. See Mf. 1110 for other Frost genealogical records.
Mf. 1075 -- Thomas Lawson Mabry Account Book & Ledger. Poplar Hill, 1869-1880. TSLA. 2 vols. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
These are Thomas Lawson Mabry’s farm accounts and a ledger for land in Montgomery County belonging to John E., Thomas L., and Anna M. Mabry during the post-Civil war years. The ledger includes references to tenant / sharecropper farmers and former slaves living on the property, as well as personal accounts of Anna Marrast Mabry.
Mf. 1076 -- Robert H. Cartmell Papers, 1849-1915. 34 vols. 16 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm.
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The diaries and other papers of Robert H. Cartmell (1828-1915), Madison County farmer, are composed of an account book, clippings, letters, and thirty-three volumes of Mr. Cartmell’s diaries (the first four volumes of which have been typed and edited by Emma Inman Williams). There are two photographs of Mr. Cartmell.
Beginning in 1853, the diaries contain full commentaries on the nature of his farm operation, the weather, and the fluctuations of the cotton market. They contain thoughtful comments on politics and candidates for office and opinions on matters of public interest, such as the price of cotton, slavery, abolition, railroads, agricultural meetings, state fairs, prohibition, religion, secession, the Union, and conditions in Madison County during and after the Civil War. The diaries during the war years are filled with accounts of the Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Fort Donelson and the Battle of Fort Henry, and the movements of Federal armies stationed in West Tennessee as well as the treatment of civilians, and the needless destruction of property by those troops.
Except for a break from May, 1867 to January, 1879, the journals are faithfully kept and rich with information through the early years of the twentieth century. Descriptions of farming have many interesting details, and the views expressed on public affairs are both literate and well-informed. The register includes a partial name and subject index to the diaries.
Mf. 1077 -- Carrie Chapman Catt Papers, 1916-1921. 766 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947) was president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and was called upon by Tennessee women to assist in the fight for the passage of the nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The papers include material from the climactic year of 1920, when Tennessee became the crucial thirty-sixth state to ratify the amendment.
The collection is composed of accounts, correspondence, telegrams, newspaper clippings, political cartoons, and some writings. The correspondence and telegrams, written for the most part by or to Mrs. Catt, deal with lobbying and political efforts to pass the amendment through the Tennessee General Assembly. Newspaper accounts of suffrage work in Tennessee and political cartoons offer some excellent visual images of the hard-fought campaign in this state. Writings include contemporary tracts and articles composed in the heat of the 1920 struggle as well as later pieces on the Tennessee women’s suffrage movement. The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1078 -- Josephine A. Pearson Papers, 1860-1943. 3500 items. TSLA. 14 reels. 35 mm.
Josephine A. Pearson (1868-1944) was an anti-suffrage leader, educator, traveler, lecturer and writer of Monteagle and Nashville. The collection consists of accounts, anti-suffrage articles, cards, certificates, church records, correspondence, court records, diaries and memoirs, Dixie Highway Association records, genealogical data, invitations, land records, legal documents, newspaper clippings, notebooks, obituaries, photographs and drawings, poetry, printed materials, school records, scrapbooks, sketches, speeches, tributes, and writings.
About one-third of the collection is correspondence. Letters generally relate to Miss Pearson’s varied public activities, and prominent correspondents include A. S. Colyar, Albert B. Fall, Kenneth McKellar, and J. Percy Priest. Miss Pearson was an administrator of the Monteagle Ladies Association, the Dixie Highway Association, and president of the Tennessee State Association Opposed to the Woman Suffrage (Susan B. Anthony) Amendment. It was her role as a tireless opponent of women’s suffrage that lends special significance to Josephine Pearson and her papers. The writings, broadsides, speeches, photographs, and press releases from the 1920 battle in her home state over ratification shed considerable light on the beliefs and tactics of southern women who opposed woman suffrage. The collection contains significant visual material on the suffrage battle, and the papers are a useful counterpoint to the papers of her arch-rival, Carrie Chapman Catt (Mf. 1077). The register includes a name index to correspondence.
Mf. 1079 -- Holt Family Papers, 1800-1916. 1500 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of Thomas Holt (1802-1878), businessman, planter, and justice of the peace in Williamson County, consists of accounts, cemetery records, certificates, correspondence, court records, estate papers, legal documents, a slave bill of sale, and miscellaneous items. Much of the collection is legal documents pertaining to mid-nineteenth century Williamson County compiled by Holt during his tenure as justice of the peace. The correspondence is indexed and includes a Civil War letter written by a soldier attached to Bates’ Division, Army of Tennessee regarding the military campaign in Middle Tennessee.
Mf. 1080 -- Tennessee Historical Society Miscellaneous Files, 1742-1959 (T-200). 15 vols. 5400 items. THS. 15 reels. 35 mm.
An artificially-created collection consisting of miscellaneous items belonging to the state historical society, the T-200 files are materials left over from or acquired since the formation of an earlier artificial collection, T-100 (Mf. 678). The collection includes account books, commissions, correspondence, genealogical data, land records, maps, military records, and data gathered from the Indian Wars, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Civil War. The collection contains interesting and useful materials, but there is no intrinsic order to its organization. Since there is no subject indexing, the container list must be used to identify an item in a particular subject area.
Mf. 1081 -- Jack Knox Correspondence, 1938-1980. 250 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
This collection of correspondence of Jack Knox (1910-1985), newspaperman and prominent political cartoonist for the Nashville Banner and the Chattanooga Free-Press includes letters from many admirers and well-wishers such as President Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Estes Kefauver, President Richard M. Nixon, Steve Allen, and Governor Frank G. Clement. Many of Knox’s political cartoons and drawings can be found in the THS’s Jack Knox Collection (Mf. 676).
Mf. 1082 -- Harper Family Genealogical Data, 1807-1988. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the Harper family of Smith County, TN, and Attala County, MS, includes wills, deeds, Bible records, account books, newspaper clippings, photographs, and genealogical charts. These records relate to the Harper, Williams, Sanders and allied families.
Mf. 1083 -- Chipley Family Genealogical Data, 1800-1988. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the Chipley family of Attala County, MS, contains military records, pension applications, genealogical charts, photographs and clippings concerning the Chipley, Williams, and allied families.
Mf. 1084 -- The Confederate Soldier in the Civil War: A Complete History of the Foundation and Formation of the Confederacy. Ben La Bree, Editor. 1894 edition. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
This published volume contains the dates and ordinances of secession; Confederate Constitution; executive officers of the Confederacy; synopsis of each battle; lists of members of the Confederate Congresses; roster of general officers and their commands; casualty figures; maps and photographs. Two later editions of this work are also in the TSLA holdings.
Mf. 1085 -- Wesley Circuit, Methodist Episcopal Church, Memphis Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1826-1865. 350 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the Wesley Circuit (formerly Wolf River Circuit) of the Methodist Episcopal Church consist primarily of minutes of the Quarterly Conference 1826-65. This circuit covered and collected records for Hardeman, Shelby, Haywood, Tipton, Fayette, and Lauderdale counties. The collection also includes financial records, licenses to preach, church trials, and reports of trustees, committees, and Sunday Schools. The records are arranged chronologically.
Mf. 1086 -- “War of 1812 Papers” of the Department of State, 1789-1815. NA. 7 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This film contains a variety of Department of State records concerning U.S. involvement in the War of 1812. Included are letters of marque (privateering), 1812-14; letters received regarding enemy aliens, 1812-14; U.S. Marshal’s returns of enemy aliens and prisoners of war, 1812-15; passenger lists of outgoing vessels, 1812-14; correspondence regarding passports, 1812-14; and agreements for the exchange of prisoners of war, 1812-13. The records in this collection are generally of a diplomatic nature and are not concerned with individual soldiers or citizens.
Mf. 1087 -- Correspondence (“Top Secret”) of the Manhattan Engineer District, 1942-1946. NA. 4 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Formerly classified “Top Secret” correspondence maintained by General Leslie R. Groves, commanding general of the Manhattan Engineer District from September 1942 to December 1946, this correspondence, mostly with high-level U. S. government or military officials, documents the Army’s role in the development, production, and deployment of atomic weapons.
In his role as military administrator of the Manhattan Project, Groves supervised several laboratories and field installations in producing an atomic bomb. One of the main links in the chain of production was the Clinton Engineer Works at Oak Ridge. Virtually overnight, a city of 50,000 was created by the influx of scientists and workers into this formerly remote locale. The Manhattan Project closed out its administrative functions some eighteen months after the dropping of bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and many of its operations were taken over by the new Atomic Energy Commission.
The correspondence is primarily to or from General Groves and his principal subordinates such as Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols, the District Engineer at Oak Ridge. Subject matter relates to technical, scientific, and fiscal problems; preparations for the actual bombing of Japan; intelligence activities; measures taken against Nazi nuclear development; and relations with Allied powers in nuclear affairs. These records were reviewed and declassified between 1973 and 1979.
Mf. 1088 -- “Looking Back at Tennessee ” Photograph Collection, 1865-1981. 7700 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 16 mm.
This material was collected for “Looking Back at Tennessee,” a Homecoming ‘86 project of the TSLA designed to copy and collect privately-held historical photographs in the state. In 1986, TSLA staff visited some thirty-three county seats to solicit photographs to be copied; they recorded on information sheets whatever the owners of the photographs knew about them. Small contact prints, information sheets, and negatives make up the collection. The pictures themselves are not microfilmed and must be obtained through the Manuscript section.
The photographs are arranged by the name of the county where they were copied, and are cross-referenced if the picture was taken elsewhere. The pictures are grouped by subject areas such as agriculture/landscape, crime, disasters, public events, recreation/entertainment, religion, towns and cities, and folk customs. Images record early automobiles, baptisms and revivals, Civilian Conservation Corps camps, Civil War veterans’ reunions, floods, train wrecks, moonshine stills, mule days, festivals, executions, mattress stuffings, steamboats, threshing, Tom Thumb weddings, picnics, courting couples, miners and sharecroppers, and hundreds of other subjects and scenes.
The “Looking Back at Tennessee ” collection is a significant visual resource that preserves a photographic record of ways of life, work, and play that have largely disappeared. The register includes a partial subject index.
Mf. 1089 -- Upper Cumberland Medical Society Minutes, 1894-1917. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The records of the Upper Cumberland Medical Society consist of minutes of meetings, lists of past presidents, names of members, and financial reports. Of particular interest are the reports read by doctors discussing relevant medical topics of the period.
Mf. 1090 -- Thomas Perkins Henderson Papers, 1795-1960. 50.84 cubic feet. TSLA. 33 reels. 16mm.
The Thomas Perkins Henderson Papers, containing approximately 80,000 items is largely concentrated in the years 1917-1945. The collection is centered around the public career of Thomas Perkins Henderson (1882-1966), lawyer and Democratic leader of Franklin, Tennessee. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence dealing with general and business correspondence which includes his law practice and his involvement in national and state politics; Lucile Henderson’s work with the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation; the Civil War letters of Thomas Fern Perkins; and legal correspondence, especially cases handled by Thomas P. Henderson from 1919 to 1959. In a related vein are the Luke Lea papers, concerned with the trial and imprisonment of Luke Lea for bank fraud from 1932-1936.
As previously mentioned, Thomas Henderson took a leading role in the political world, especially during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The information on the Election of 1928 is quite exhaustive. The political material found in the collection is important for it details the history of the Democratic Party during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Also important is the information available on Alfred E. Smith and his influence in the South.
One of the fascinating aspects of the collection is the military collection as it includes clippings and articles dealing with Henderson and his friends attempt to kidnap the Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, along with his letters written from the battlefields of France. Henderson was involved in the American Legion, the Thirtieth Division, and the Franklin County Draft Board during World War II.
Mf. 1091 -- Tennessee Historical Society Civil War Collection, 1860-1982. 400 items. THS. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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This collection is centered around the military struggle of the Confederacy in the American Civil War 1861-65. The collection is composed of an account book, Confederate bonds and currency, certificates, Civil War documents, clippings, correspondence, printed materials, programs, biographical sketches, and writings. The Civil War documents include an officer’s account book, claims, discharge certificates, passes, loyalty oaths, and registers.
Over half of the collection is wartime correspondence. Letters from both Union and Confederate soldiers speak of camp life, soldiering experiences in the Virginia campaigns and with General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and of experiences in prison at Camps Douglas and Morton. Among the more prominent correspondents are Governor Isham Harris of Tennessee, General Joseph E. Johnston, and Confederate Secretary of War LeRoy Pope Walker.
Mf. 1092 -- Mansfield Banton Brown Diaries, 1867-1880. TSLA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Mansfield Banton Brown Diaries, consisting of ten diaries and a fragmented diary for 1876, cover the years 1867, 1868, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878 and 1880. Besides the numerous references to the Mansfield Presbyterian Church in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, the Brown diaries contain references to weather, family and community news, business matters, presidential elections, et cetera. The diaries, as a whole, constitute an important source for learning about rural life in a Northern state following the Civil War.
Mf. 1093 -- Curry Funeral Home Records. Lake and Dyer Counties, 1913-1986. 73 vols. TSLA. 8 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Records of the Curry Funeral Home include birth and death dates of the deceased, cost of funeral, officiating clergy, place of interment, and religious affiliation of the deceased. The records are well-organized with an alphabetical index to names.
Mf. 1094 -- First Lutheran Church Records. Nashville, 1859-1957. 4 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First Lutheran Church of Nashville consist of a history of the church 1859-67, a church directory, bulletins, insurance papers, membership records 1927-59, minutes of the church council, registers of servicemen and visitors, and writings.
Mf. 1095 -- Tennessee Historical Society Miscellaneous Volumes, 1805-1918. THS. 2 reels. 35 mm.
This miscellaneous collection includes a register of the Faulkner Springs Hotel, 1906-08; order book for Confederate volunteers at Camp Cheatham, 1861; minute book of the Tennessee Industrial Exposition, 1871; “A Derelict--A Story of the Battle of Chickamauga,” by Jennie Branch Seary, n.d.; the minutes of the Tennessee Bible Society, 1861-62; and various account books, ledgers, receipt books, and writings.
Mf. 1096 -- Albert F. Ganier, Sr. Papers, 1786-1965. 800 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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This collection reflects the research in early Middle Tennessee land records conducted by Albert F. Ganier, Sr. (1883-1973). There are some genealogical notes and transcriptions of early Davidson County records, but the collection for the most part is composed of Ganier’s careful platting and surveying notes on early land grants. The plats and accompanying calls are divided geographically. There are a great many handwritten abstracts of eighteenth century NC land grants in Davidson, Williamson, and Cheatham counties. Ganier produced these records while studying the route of the original Natchez Trace, and the collection is a significant source for early Middle Tennessee history, especially regarding the land grant system.
Mf. 1097 -- Stony Creek Baptist Church Records. Carter County, 1841-1873. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The records of Stony Creek Baptist Church consist of minutes of elders’ meetings and lists of members. The collection includes a typed transcription of the records.
Mf. 1098 -- John Berrien Lindsley Papers, 1822-1897. 3 vols. 12 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The records of John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897), prominent Nashville physician and ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, consist of miscellaneous newspaper clippings; notes for sermon topics; obituaries; writings concerning the relationship between science and the Bible; and a biographical sketch. Of particular interest are Lindsley’s writings about secession, his views on education, and his writings on the medical profession and religion. Lindsley left his position at the University of Nashville to serve in the Confederate Army of Tennessee’s medical corps. This is a significant collection on medicine in Nashville and the role of Confederate doctors during the Civil War. Register available.
Mf. 1099 -- Ladies Hermitage Association Collection of Andrew Jackson Papers, 1780-1921. 330 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was a lawyer, planter, Congressman and Senator, Supreme Court judge, Major General of the US Army, military governor of Florida, and U.S. President. These papers are the possession of the Ladies Hermitage Association, which owns and operates the president’s home near Nashville. The papers are concentrated in the period of Jackson ’s early business and military career. They consist of land records, military payrolls and muster rolls, store accounts, promissory notes, correspondence, affidavits, and provision returns. The items are individually numbered and described and are arranged alphabetically. See also Mf. 11, Mf. 30, Mf. 172, Mf. 300, Mf. 337, Mf. 809 and Mf. 1032 for other collections of Jackson ’s papers.
Updated April 24, 2012