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Lamar Alexander Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0734
Overview This collection contains the papers of former Governor of Tennessee, Secretary of Education, and current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. Currently, only the material predating Alexander's tenure as Senator (pre-2002) is processed for research use, and access is limited to approved researchers. Please contact Special Collections with access inquiries.
Dates: 1953 - 2017

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

John E. Boos Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0048
Overview The John E. Boos Collection is a collection of books of that contain letters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other ephemera pertaining to the Civil War, more specifically Abraham Lincoln and the legacy he has left. The letters are of special interest to historians, as they come from people who lived during the Civil War and may have encountered Lincoln. Over the span of several decades, John E. Boos contacted thousands of people who lived during the Civil War, asking for their written...
Dates: 1917 - 1968

George M. Britton Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0052
Overview This collection is comprised of documents related to the history of Texas and Tennessee from 1817-1865. It comprises four parts: documents of the Republic of Texas, 1837-1845; the early documents of Tennessee, 1817-1862; Senate and House broadsides from 1835-1848; Scrapbooks relative to the American Civil War, 1860-1865.
Dates: 1817 - 1924

James L. Britton III Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0053
Overview This collection contains 13 rare 19th Century imprints relating to the State of Tennessee.
Dates: 1836 - 1875

James C. Chowning Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0078
Overview This collection contains 21 letters, mostly written by James C. Chowning to his mother and sisters, during the Civil War and afterwards. They describe his training with the Tennessee Volunteers in the Confederate Army, and military operations of those troops.
Dates: 1861 - 1884

Clark Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0079
Overview The Correspondence of various members of the Clark family of Campbell County, Virginia, originally Quakers, but later scattered to other denominations. Members of the family settled in Franklin, KY and Russellville, KY.
Dates: 1816 - 1899

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 school...
Dates: 1835 - 1859

John Davis Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0858
Overview 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

Douglas-Ferrell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0115
Overview This collection contains 4 typed copies of the same document regarding men involved in a secret society during the Civil War. It appears to be a portion of the record of a court-martial of men involved in a “Peace Society” called “The Knights of the Golden Circle.” The first few pages of the document are missing.
Dates: circa 1861-1865

Walter Durham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0881
Dates: multiple

William D. Elrod Civil War Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0826
Dates: 1861 - 1865

Walter Lynwood Fleming Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0144
Dates: 1900 - 1932

Dewey W. Grantham Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0179
Dates: 1950 - 1990

Paul Hardacre Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0669
Scope and Contents The 14 cubic feet collection includes Paul Hardacre’s research materials, teaching materials, correspondence, maps, student papers and dissertations, grade books, and assorted news publications related to the Vanderbilt history department and historical associations. The materials in the collection reflect his specialization in British history. The collection also contains Paul Hardacre’s dissertation The Royalists during the Puritan Revolution, 1642-1660....
Dates: multiple

David Morris Harding Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0857
Overview This collection is primarily composed of business and personal receipts of David Morris Harding and his wife, Fanny Gieves Harding, from the early 19th century. It also includes a few letters, account statements and books, land records/surveys, and miscellaneous notes. David Morris Harding is the Uncle of William Giles Harding of Belle Meade Plantation.
Dates: 1797 - 1869

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

Edward Dickson Hicks Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0855
Overview The E.D. Hicks Family Papers collection contains the personal and buisness records of the Hicks family. The collection spans the life of four generations of the Hicks family. The Hicks family was a prominent cattle farm owning family in Nashville, Tennessee. The majority of this collection's materials focus on the 2nd and 4th generations of the family.
Dates: 1798 - 1975

Stanley F. Horn Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0213
Overview 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 of...
Dates: 1780 - 1905

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