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Lamar Alexander Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0734
Abstract

This collection contains the papers of former Governor of Tennessee, Secretary of Education, and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. Currently, only the material predating Alexander's tenure as Senator (pre-2002) is processed for research use. Processing of the Senatorial Papers is expected to be completed in Fall 2023. Please contact Special Collections with access inquiries related to Senate materials.

Dates: 1939 - 2020

Howell Tatum Davis Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0856
Scope and Content The Howell Tatum Davis collection, 1835-1859, is comprised of 123 letters both to and from Davis, 4 account receipts, 4 sheets of classroom notes and poetry, 8 miscellaneous envelopes, and 1 address card. The majority of the collection consists of incoming correspondence from Davis’ friends, family, and business partners in Matagorda County in Caney, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. Many letters also have notes scribbled on the envelope or reverse sides that appear to have been written by...
Dates: 1835 - 1859

John Davis Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0858
Abstract

This collection provides information on the life and career of an early settler in Nashville, John Elisha Davis. Much of this collection consists of land documents and early survey records. Researchers interested in the Davis family history will also find rich material in a short family booklet.

Dates: 1792 - 1899

Walter Durham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0881
Dates: multiple

William Giles Harding Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0189
Scope and Contents This .42 linear feet collection is divided into three series: Series I includes original, handwritten general correspondence sent to William Giles Harding primarily from Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1827-1872. The letters discuss Agricultural and Meterological Societies, importation of Llamas and Alpacas from South America to Tennessee, the Civil War, and politics. It also includes an address by Matthew Fontaine Maury before the...
Dates: 1827-1872

Stanley F. Horn Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0213
Abstract The Stanley F. Horn Collection of Tennessee Manuscripts contains more than six hundred individual pieces. Although they range in date from 1782 to the 1870s, most are concentrated in the first four decades of the nineteenth century. Virtually all of the early governors of Tennessee are represented by one or more documents. There are also papers of Sam Houston, John Sevier, JohnQuincy Adams, James Robertson, Davy Crockett, and others; there is one legal writ bearing the unique signature mark...
Dates: 1780 - 1905

Stanley F. Horn Pamphlet Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0668
Scope and Content Note The Stanley F. Horn Pamphlet Collection (1782-1978) includes material ranging over a wide variety of subjects, from an early (1870) printed poem of Bret Harte to rules for dueling to an 18th century pamphlet by Thomas Paine. The most extensive part of the collection pertains to the Civil War and Tennessee history. There are many 19th century pamphlets dealing with the election and presidency of Andrew Jackson. There are also numerous materials pertaining to the Civil...
Dates: 1782 - 1978

Moore, Norman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0303
Abstract

This collection contains copies of letters from 3 Union Soldiers to Norman Moore, during the Civil War. The letters discuss the war, lives of the soldiers, lives of people in Tennessee and Mississippi, crime in Nashville, and the death of President Lincoln. Several letters are fragmented pieces, and 2 letters are severely faded.

Dates: 1862 - 1865

George Terwilliger Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0719
Dates: multiple

General Gates P. Thruston Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0454
Scope and Contents

This collection contains an address, biographical and collection details, journal articles, and a manuscript relating to General Gates P. Thruston.

Please note that additional information regarding ‘The Thruston Collection’ is located in the Secretary of the University Records, RG 900, under Robert McGaw.

Dates: 1900 - 1910

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