Sam Fleming Papers
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There are also typescripts of Supper at the Maxwell House with author’s notes by Alfred Leland Crabb as well as an interview with Crabb in Nashville! magazine. There is a box of 28 official documents signed by Tennessee Governors during the years 1808 – 1930.
- 1924 - 1981
Biographical Note - Sam Fleming
He served on the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University from 1952 until 1981 and as its Chairman from 1975 to 1981 . He was Chairman of the Board of Trust at the time of the merger with George Peabody College for Teachers in 1979 and as such played an important role in bringing the two institutions together. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Owen Graduate School of Management in 1969 and for the creation of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt in 1981.
Sam Fleming held many civic memberships and served in leadership roles as community activist and philanthropist in Nashville and nationally, and was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
He was honored at Vanderbilt with the dedication of the Fleming Yard on November 6, 1987.
Yours to Count On: a biography of Nashville banker extraordinaire Sam M. Fleming by Ridley Wills, II was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2007.
He was married to Josephine Cliffe Fleming who preceded him in death and then to Valerie Ellis Fleming. He and Josephine had two children, Joanne and Daniel. Sam Fleming died on January 21, 2000.
Sam Fleming was a great patron of the Vanderbilt Library and in addition to donating a number of important Bibles from the late 16th and early 17th centuries ( the Geneva version of the so-called “Breeches” Bible, reference to Genesis 3:7), in his will he endowed the Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection in Special Collections, a growing collection of books on the history, culture, literature, and biography of the South since 1865.
2.1 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger boxes)
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