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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

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

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

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

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

Ruth P. Brown Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0907
Scope and Content Note The contents within this collection are three folders of Vanderbilt brochures, documents and correspondence from Brown’s time as a student.
Dates: 1971 - 1973

Margaret and Charles Buchanan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0060
Overview The Margaret and Charles Buchanan Collection include an autograph album, a bound copy of the Vanderbilt Observer, newspaper clippings, reminiscences and various ephemera.
Dates: 1880 - 1942

Oliver Cromwell Carmichael Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0878
Overview The papers of O.C. Carmichael, 3rd Chancellor of Vanderbilt, are comprised of correspondence, his writings including addresses, articles, book manuscripts and institutional reports, and other materials relating to Oliver Carmichael’s long and distinguished career in teaching, university administration, and educational consulting.
Dates: 1920s-1966

Nora Chaffin Scrapbook Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0077
Overview This small collection of .21 linear feet contains articles, papers, and newspaper photographs of Vanderbilt University in its early days. It also includes maps and articles from the Vanderbilt Alumnus magazine.
Dates: 1905 - 1981

James W. Cocke Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0567
Overview This collection contains 33 items in seven file folders, related to the Army ROTC at Vanderbilt University, and includes certificates, correspondence, a faculty appointment list, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a publication.
Dates: 1954 - 1957

Paul K. Conkin Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0794
Dates: multiple

J. S. Davis Collection

 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

Sam Fleming Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0143
Overview These papers are made up primarily of materials relating to Sam Fleming and Vanderbilt and include items from his time as an undergraduate (1924-1928), his tenure on the Board of Trust (1952-1981), the Athletic program, and building of the new stadium, speeches and remarks by Fleming and others, and the Merger of Vanderbilt with Peabody College in 1979, when Fleming was chairman of the Board of Trust. This collection also includes nine items, historic documents or concerning historic documents,...
Dates: 1924 - 1981

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