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Sidney H. Acker Collection

Identifier: MSS.0664

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, poems, and other items related to WWI and the Sidney Acker.

Dates: 1917 - 1925

Adam Gillespie Adams Collection

Identifier: MSS.0005

This collection contains 1 document of 21 pages compiled by Adam G. Adams in 1974. It is a listing of the descendants of Adam Gillespie Adams, son of David and Jane Gillespie Adams of Ballyfatton, Ireland who emigrated to Tennessee in 1839.

Dates: 1974

Ward Sykes Allen Family Papers

Identifier: MSS.0023

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

Verley Archer Collection

Identifier: MSS.0254
Abstract This 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, publicity materials, and...
Dates: 1960s-1980s

Ernest W. Bailey Collection

Identifier: MSS.0030

This collection of two file folders contains a copy of the Lexington Progress from 1952 that includes reprints from old letters and writings nearly a century old that were discovered at the old Robert Bailey farm house. The excerpts are Antebellum and Civil War Era. Other newspaper clippings are also included regarding the obituaries of Bailey and Stewart Family of Henderson County, Tennessee.

Dates: 1952; undated

Eugene E. Barnett Papers

Identifier: MSS.0033
Scope and Contents This .21 linear feet collection contains correspondence, vita, book review, and an 304-page typescript autobiographical manuscript. The manuscript is divided into 20 sections and has been put in file folders by section number.The autobiographical manuscript written by Eugene E. Barnett gives detailed information on his family background (the Barnett and Epperson Families), his boyhood, his college years with his involvement with the YMCA, the lives of his family both at home and...
Dates: 1888 - 1967

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

Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont Collection

Identifier: MSS.0593

This collection contains 9 items in 9 file folders that reveal the life of Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, snippets regarding the Smith family, and the Vanderbilt family during the later part of the 19th century, and the first part of the 20th century.

Dates: 1965 - 1998

Marion H. Briggs Collection

Identifier: MSS.0574
Scope and Contents

This .21 linear feet collection of 28 items contains 18 pieces of correspondence written to family members primarily during World War I pertaining to army life and health. The collection also contains a booklet, map, pamphlet, and roster from the late 19th century. The collection is arranged in 14 file folders.

Dates: 1883-1948

James C. Chowning Papers

Identifier: MSS.0078

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

Identifier: MSS.0079

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

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

DeWitt Family Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0109
Dates: multiple

Margaret Evans Collection

Identifier: MSS.0133

The collection is comprised of journal articles and studies produced by Dr. Evans as well as correspondence between Dr. Evans and various colleagues and associates. The collection includes Dr. Evan’s obituary, printed in the Tennessee Banner in May, 1981.

Dates: 1965 - 1981

James and Elizabeth Ferguson Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0136

Finley, J. E. Papers

Identifier: MSS.0138

The Finley Family lived in rural West Tennessee. The collection contains newspaper clippings that focus on farming and/or livestock problems, and the lyrics to old songs, which were published in the Commercial Appeal in the 1920s. It also includes a World War II Ration Certificates and Booklet.

Dates: 1920 - 1957

Landon Cabell Garland Papers

Identifier: MSS.0876

The Landon Cabell Garland Papers (1830-1958) includes correspondence, diaries, speeches, sermons, a report to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and personal and biographical materials. These are personal papers of Chancellor Garland and are not to be confused with his university papers. This collection is a small snapshot of Chancellor Garland's personal life, with the family correspondence providing the main interest.

Dates: 1830 - 1958

Howard Campbell Gilmer, Jr. Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS.0754
Dates: multiple

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