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Cherrie E. Barrow Diary

Identifier: MSS.0969
Overview This collection contains a 5-Year diary from a young woman living in Old Hickory, Tennessee at the outset of WWII (1939-1943). The author is a high school student at the beginning of the diary and talks about her daily life with some breaks in between entries.
Dates: 1939 - 1943

Nellie Burns Papers

Identifier: MSS.0064
Overview The collection consists of Nellie Burns' diaries which contain business transactions, social interactions, and her daily activities.
Dates: 1900 - 1928

Cuban Travel Diary

Identifier: MSS.0017
Overview This diary contains travel writings from December 23, 1886 and January 18, 1887. The unidentified writer was traveling in Cuba with a friend named Charlie Starbuck. He mentions visiting a bullfight by Luis Massantini, a holiday celebration, a balloon ascension by Captain Infanti, and seeing Sarah Bernhardt. The last half of the notebook is filled with irrelevant writings (recipes, notes, etc.).
Dates: 1886 - 1887

J. S. Davis Collection

Identifier: MSS.0103
Overview This collection contains one diary of J. S. Davis from 1914, sparsely noted. It includes general information regarding matriculation at Vanderbilt and, relative to monies received and what was paid.
Dates: 1914

Landon Cabell Garland Papers

Identifier: MSS.0876
Overview The Landon Cabell Garland Papers (1830-1958) includes correspondence, diaries, speeches, sermons, a report to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and personal and biographical materials. These are personal papers of Chancellor Garland and are not to be confused with his university papers. This collection is a small snapshot of Chancellor Garland's personal life, with the family correspondence providing the main interest.
Dates: 1830 - 1958

Hazel Greene Collection

Identifier: MSS.0569
Scope and Contents This collection contains five items, arranged in four folders.
Dates: 1892-2003

Mrs. Shelton Griffin Diary

Identifier: MSS.0968
Overview This collection contains a diary written by a woman working on a cotton and peanut farm in south Alabama at the beginning of the Great Depression in 1931. The diary details daily farming life in rural Alabama.
Dates: 1931

Ranson Griffin Diary

Identifier: MSS.0958
Overview This collection contains a handwritten daily diary dated 1915-1916 by Ranson Griffin. Griffin is 74 year old woman that details her life, family, and friends in rural Alabama.
Dates: 1915 - 1916

Harmon F. Gunn Collection

Identifier: MSS.0185
Overview This collection contains one handwritten diary describing experiences while assigned to a hospital group from Camp Funston during World War I. There are some sketches in the notebook. The entries are dated June 4, 1918 travelling France to July 2, 1919 back to New York.
Dates: 1918 - 1919

Andrew and Mattie Haun Papers

Identifier: MSS.0197
Scope and Content Note This small collection of two Hollinger boxes (.84 linear feet) contains correspondence and personal and biographical materials relating to Andrew Jacob Haun and Mattie Francis Oliver Haun, aunt and uncle of the southern writer Mildred E. Haun, whose papers are also held by Special Collections in the Vanderbilt University Library
Dates: multiple

T. M. N. Jones Collection

Identifier: MSS.0230
Scope and Contents This collection contains three diaries of T.M.N. Jones, describing his service in the Cavalry of the Confederate Army from September 24, 1863 to May 23, 1865. There is a typed transcript of the same. The collection is in two file folders.
Dates: 1863 - 1865

Charles A. Long Papers

Identifier: MSS.0264
Dates: multiple

William R. McMahan Collection

Identifier: MSS.0278
Overview This small collection contains one handwritten diary from the Civil War, a typescript of the diary, and a book from 1895.
Dates: 1861-1865; 1895

William Nance Collection

Identifier: MSS.0310
Overview This collection contains three items, listed and described below:
Dates: 1861

Louis Thurston Nicholas Papers

Identifier: MSS.0314
Overview The Papers of Louis Thurston Nicholas, which cover the years 1894-2006, consist of 208 linear feet of material and are concerned with Nicholas’s personal and professional life. Major series in the papers include Personal and Professional Correspondence; material relating to his activities in the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS); Personal and Biographical papers; his Musical and Academic Career and programs from the George Peabody College Concert Series; ...
Dates: 1894 - 2006

Herman Clarence Nixon Papers

Identifier: MSS.0315
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence, diaries, journals where articles were published, etc. Series I contains incoming correspondence that is arranged alphabetically, then by date in the folders. A few pieces of correspondence are written in French and Spanish. Series II contains publications.

Books received with the collection were removed and catalogued.
Dates: multiple

George Marion O’Donnell Papers

Identifier: MSS.0316
Scope and Content Note The papers of George Marion O’Donnell date from approximately the 1870s to 1982. The bulk of the collection, however, dates from the 1940s and 1950s. It includes O’Donnell’s correspondence, journals, and daybooks, which reflect his interest in modern literature and the influence of several Vanderbilt and other Southern literary figures over his own work. His correspondence includes one letter each from Allen Tate, John Peale Bishop, and Harriet Owsley, and a brief scribbled note from John Crowe...
Dates: Inclusive: c.1870s - 1982; Bulk: 1940s-1950s

John C. Orr Collection

Identifier: MSS.0319
Dates: multiple

A.W. Page Papers

Identifier: MSS.0322
Dates: multiple

Phelps Civil War Diary

Identifier: MSS.0723
Dates: 1862 - 1865

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