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Lamar Alexander Papers

Identifier: MSS.0734

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. Please contact Special Collections with access inquiries related to Senate materials.

Dates: 1939 - 2020

Edward East Barthell Lantern Slide Collection

Identifier: MSS.0332
Scope and Content Note This is a collection of 433 lantern slides and glass negatives, exclusive to Vanderbilt University and/or the Nashville, Tennessee area. Lantern slides were invented in 1849, ten years after the invention of the photograph. This medium allowed for viewing photographs and images in an entirely new format, visible to a substantial group of people. Lantern slides were used at Vanderbilt alumni events and contain images that aren’t available in other formats. This particular collection contains...
Dates: multiple

William O. Batts Jr. Feeder School Project

Identifier: MSS.0686
Dates: multiple

Nathaniel Baxter/Robert Jackson Papers

Identifier: MSS.0036

This .42 linear feet collection contains 51 items (of which 20 are photographs) relating to the lives of the Baxter and Jackson families, Nashville, and Vanderbilt University.

Dates: 1875 - 1969

Anne Scales Benedict Papers

Identifier: MSS.0039
Abstract This 1.05 linear feet collection, 4 boxes, has two series: Series I contains materials related to the activities of the Vanderbilt Alumnae Council, especially their efforts to persuade the University to hire a Dean of Women, build a women’s dormitory, and to raise money toward these ends. Series II contains materials unrelated to Vanderbilt Alumnae Council and includes some personal correspondence, ephemeral items, a Bible, pamphlets, a postcard album with 155 cards plus 5 individual...
Dates: 1896 - 1951

Aileen Bishop Collection

Identifier: MSS.0602
Dates: multiple

Tristan Call Collection (Occupy Nashville)

Identifier: MSS.0819
Dates: multiple

Frances M. Crater Papers

Identifier: MSS.0665
Scope and Content Note Most of these papers are records of Fran Crater’s work with the women’s movement in the first half of the 1970’s when the growth of the National Organization for Women (NOW) was countrywide, and when the work for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment was a major movement throughout the United States. Fran Crater, along with her mother-in-law Flora Trimmer Crater, whose work is also represented in these papers, were important organizers in the women’s movement and in NOW and ERA....
Dates: multiple

Wilbur F. Creighton, Jr. Collection

Identifier: MSS.0092

This .21 linear feet collection contains 6 items related to the history of Foster & Creighton Company, the story of the Parthenon, and other construction projects in Nashville. There are two photographs: one of the Parthenon, and the other of the Athena Sculpture in the Parthenon.

Dates: 1885 - 1985

Howell Tatum Davis Family Papers

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

Identifier: MSS.0858

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

Timothy Demonbreun Collection

Identifier: MSS.0107
Dates: multiple

Walter Durham Papers

Identifier: MSS.0881
Dates: multiple

John Egerton Papers

Identifier: MSS.0128

The John Egerton Papers, 1950s-2003, include correspondence, manuscripts of writings, speeches, research materials, publication materials, publicity for books, reviews, legal and financial documents, memorabilia, clippings and photographs, programs from cultural events, scrapbooks and periodicals on race relations and school desegregation, and audio and video tapes.

Dates: 1950’s–2003

Mary Ella Calhoun Foote Estate Papers

Identifier: MSS.0149

This collection contains the papers of Mary Ella Calhoun Foote. Upon her death in 1918, she left her entire estate to Vanderbilt University to erect a building in memory of her father, William Henry Calhoun, a Nashville jeweler. The bulk of this collection contains correspondence, with other miscellaneous estate papers at the end.

Dates: 1844 - 1929

Susie Daniel Kirtland Green Collection

Identifier: MSS.0180
Scope and Contents

The collection documents Green's professional life as a birth control advocate.

For more information on Susie Daniel Kirtland Green and birth control in Tennessee see article “Class, Controversy, and Contraceptives: Birth Control Advocacy in Nashville, 1932-1944” by William B. Turner in Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Fall, 1994.

Dates: 1932 - 1967

William Giles Harding Papers

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

Harpeth Valley Garden Club Collection

Identifier: MSS.0559
Scope and Contents

This collection contains three bound volumes of minutes from the meetings, and one award ribbon. A list of members is also contained in the volumes.

Dates: 1930 - 1938

Albert W. Harris Papers

Identifier: MSS.0193
Scope and Content of Collection: The A.W. Harris Papers are contained within one Hollinger box of 25 folders. The collection is primarily composed of the financial transactions, various correspondences, newsletters and horse pedigree papers from the Trotting Horse Breeders Association. The collection holds eight folders of receipts from the years 1861-1874, those of his wife Fannie A. Wilson, his in-law relatives Thomas B. Wilson, and W.L. Wilson; showcasing the sale of domestic goods, real estate, labor and livestock. Some...
Dates: undated

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