Mctyeire-Baskervill Papers

Identifier: MSS.0283

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Scope and Contents

The McTyeire-Baskervill Papers contain six series: Correspondence, Papers of Holland Nimmons McTyeire, Papers of Janie McTyeire Baskervill, Papers of William Malone Baskervill, Photographs, and Clippings. It also includes a memorandum book belonging to Holland Nimmons McTyeire and lists written by Elizabeth Baskervill Wall (daughter of William Malone and Janie McTyeire Baskervill).


  • 1848 - 1963

Biographical / Historical

Holland Nimmons McTyeire (1824-1889), son of Elizabeth Nimmons and Captain John McTyeire, was born on 28 July 1824 in Barnwell County, South Carolina. He received his AB degree from Randolph Macon College in 1844 and was licensed as a pastor in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married Amelia Townsend in 1847. He served as a pastor in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana before he was elected Bishop and moved to Nashville in 1867. In 1872, he initiated a plan to create a Central University of the Methodist Episcopal Church. After receiving the financial support of his wife’s cousin-in-law, Cornelius Vanderbilt, McTyeire became president of the newly minted Vanderbilt University in 1873. He died on 15 February 1889 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jane McTyeire Baskervill (1862-1942), daughter of Amelia Townsend and Holland Nimmons McTyeire, was born on 8 April 1862 in Mobile, Alabama. She married William Malone Baskerville in 1881. After his death in 1899, she served the Dean of Women at the Woman’s College (later renamed Huntingdon College) in Montgomery, Alabama, and at Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia. She died in Bristol on 5 November 1942 and was buried in Nashville, Tennessee.

William Malone Baskervill (1850-1899), son of Elizabeth Malone and Reverend John Baskervill was born on 1 April 1850 in Fayette County, Tennessee. He studied at Randolph-Macon College and at the University of Leipzig (PhD, 1880). In 1877, he married Florence Adams, but she died suddenly in 1878, and he married Jane McTyeire in 1881. He taught English at Wofford College from 1876 to 1881 and at Vanderbilt from 1881 to 1899 and became widely recognized as a historian of Southern literature. Baskervill died in Nashville, Tennessee, on 6 September 1899.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



The McTyeire-Baskervill Papers consist of the papers of Vanderbilt co-founder Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, the papers of college administrator Jane McTyeire Baskervill, and the papers of English professor William Malone Baskervill.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Holland Nimmons McTyeire and William & Janie Baskervill Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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