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Alf Adams Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0018
Overview This collection contains newspaper clippings related to WWI and the 1915-1919 Vanderbilt football teams that Alfred Adams played for. Also included are telegrams and miscellaneous materials related to Alf Adams dating from 1917-1923.
Dates: circa 1915-1925; 1965-1967; Majority of material found within 1917 - 1923

Lamar Alexander Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0734
Overview 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

William Alford Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0762
Overview This collection dating from 1923-1932 documents Mr. William Alford’s association with the Vanderbilt Glee Club and his time as a student of Vanderbilt University.
Dates: 1923 - 1932

Ward Sykes Allen Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0023
Overview This collection has two series. Series I contains correspondence written to Ward Allen from his family and friends during his college years. The correspondence is in the form of letters, postal cards, and greeting cards. Series II relates to Dr. James H. Joyner of Sumner County, Tennessee. It contains information on property ownership (tax receipts, insurance policies, mortgage), stock dividend receipts, and lists of medical debts owed to Dr. Joyner for his services.
Dates: 1857 - 1942

Alpha Omicron Pi Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0746
Scope and Content Note This collection contains materials relating to the Alpha Omicron Pi’s Nu Omicron chapter at Vanderbilt University. There are programs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia arranged by decade from the 1920s through the 1950s. Also included are photographs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Dates: undated

Verley Archer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0254
Scope and Content Note The Verley Archer Collection consists of materials relating to the Vanderbilt Family Reunion held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Vanderbilt University, March 16-17, 1973. Ms. Archer conducted extensive research into the genealogy of the Vanderbilt family and located descendants of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt living in 1973. Included in the Verley Archer Collection are research notes and materials, completed questionnaires from family members, correspondence,...
Dates: 1960’s-1980’s

Emma L. Ashford Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0027
Overview The Emma L. Ashford collection is comprised mostly of music composed by Mrs. Ashford, as well as by others. Mrs. Ashford’s music is in both manuscript and printed form. Most of her works contained in this collection pertain to Vanderbilt University. All the printed works of other composers in the collection relate to Vanderbilt.
Dates: 1890’s-1930

Roy Crowdy Avery Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0028
Overview This .21 linear feet collection contains four reel-to-reel tapes, a transcript of the tapes, transcript from a diary kept by Roy Crowdy Avery during World War I, newspaper clippings, and a manuscript titled, “The Background on the Discovery of Histoplasmosis”.
Dates: 1918 - 1971

Mark G. G. Barry Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0034
Overview This collection contains photographs and a copy of the event script at the induction of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame Banquet in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 5, 1979.
Dates: 1979 - 1999

Edward East Barthell Lantern Slide Collection

 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

C.H. Bateman Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0035
Overview This single folder collection contains various programs and memorabilia related to Commencement and life at Vanderbilt in 1907 and 1908.
Dates: 1907 - 1908

Nathaniel Baxter/Robert Jackson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0036
Overview 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

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0039
Overview 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 postcards,...
Dates: 1896 - 1951

William W. Berry, Jr. Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0554
Overview This collection contains 22 items comprised of 11 photograph copy prints and 11 negatives documenting the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Beta Lambda Chapter, at Vanderbilt University. The formal portraits are arranged by year, dating 1895-1928, with only some members identified.
Dates: 1895 - 1928

William Campbell Binkley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0042
Overview This collection contains the papers of William Campbell Binkley, chair of the Department of History at Vanderbilt University from 1930-1953. Binkley's research interests involved the history of the American West, especially the early history of Texas.
Dates: 1920 - 1970

Richard Blackett Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0663
Dates: multiple

Dr. Ingram Bloch Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0045
Overview The Ingram Bloch Collection contains theatre playbills and programs spanning from 1929 to 1953 arranged chronologically. The collection primarily features theater programs, along with some opera programs.
Dates: 1929 - 1953

Howard Boorman Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0047
Dates: 1908 - 2000

Sidney Boutwell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0725
Scope and Content Note The Sidney Boutwell Collection is contained within a single, flat box with the vast majority of it being photographs. Also in the collection is a more detailed biography, fraternity certificates, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook.
Dates: Undated

Bennett Harvie Branscomb Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0879
Dates: 1894 - 1998

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