Vanderbilt University--History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 72 Collections and/or Records:

H. Fort Flowers Collection

Identifier: MSS.0147

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

Gerald Henderson Collection

Identifier: MSS.0767

This collection contains one scrapbook of photographs detailing the construction of buildings for the Vanderbilt hospital and Medical School in 1936-1938.

Dates: 1936 - 1938

Julia Hereford Papers

Identifier: MSS.0207
Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed of one box with thirteen folders and one book within. Researchers will find materials from Herefords’ education, including her doctoral thesis, as well as materials from her tenure at Vanderbilt University. Furthermore, there is a large compilation of photographs of both her and her peers archived in the collection. Finally, there is correspondence to Hereford and condolences following her death.

Dates: multiple

History of Undergraduate Desegregation at Vanderbilt Collection

Identifier: MSS.0590
Scope and Content The material in this collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by students in History 295-01, The History of Undergraduate Desegregation at Vanderbilt, taught by Dr. Peter Felten Fall 2004. The collection includes digital audio files of the interviews, interview transcripts, a class syllabus, and annotated bibliographies of select resources assigned to students for research. Interview questions focused on student experiences and perspectives on desegregation during...
Dates: 2004

Bill Horne Collection

Identifier: MSS.0570

W. R. Keener Collection

 Collection — Folder 1
Identifier: MSS.0652

James Hampton Kirkland Papers

Identifier: MSS.0877
Scope and Content Note The Papers of James Hampton Kirkland, the second chancellor of Vanderbilt University, are composed of eighteen cubic feet of material that represent Kirkland’s life, particularly his tenure at Vanderbilt (Professor of Latin, 1886 - 1893, Chancellor, 1893 - 1937, Chancellor Emeritus 1937 - 1939). The collection is organized into these series: Correspondence, Writings, Personal and Biographical, Academic Career, Organizations/Institutions, Newspaper...
Dates: 1859 - 1939

George Mayfield Papers

Identifier: MSS.0288
Scope and Content Note

The George Mayfield Papers, 1900-1966, contain correspondence, music, theatre, language, and science programs, newspaper clippings, a calendar, and personal writings that touch on the many associations and organizations in which Dr. Mayfield held membership or interest.

Dates: 1900 - 1966

Sallie McFague Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS.0273

Robert A. McGaw Papers

Identifier: MSS.0275
Scope and Content Note

The Robert A. McGaw Papers are comprised of four series; Vanderbilt University, Designs, Writings and WWII. The papers follow closely McGaw’s career and are important to anyone interested in the history of the university. Of special note is the Design Series where McGaw assisted in re-designing the symbols of the university in the 1970s.

Dates: multiple

John Thomas McGill Papers

Identifier: MSS.0276

This collection contains the papers of John Thomas McGill (1851-1946), longtime faculty member and Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Vanderbilt. He also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Tennessee Academy of Science for 15 years.

Dates: multiple

Mctyeire-Baskervill Papers

Identifier: MSS.0283

The McTyeire-Baskervill Papers consist of the papers of Vanderbilt co-founder Bishop Holland Nimmons McTyeire, the papers of college administrator Jane McTyeire Baskervill, and the papers of English professor William Malone Baskervill.

Dates: 1848 - 1963

Frederick Wightman Moore Papers

Identifier: MSS.0299
Scope and Content The Frederick Wightman Moore Papers consist primarily of correspondence, research and lecture notes, and various writings from his career as Professor and Dean at Vanderbilt University. The collection contains 0.834 linear feet of materials. The correspondence, notes, and writings found in the collection provide a summary of Dr. Moore’s interests, specifically the teaching of History. Many of the letters are inquiries to other universities about the teaching of History in each respective...
Dates: 1899-1909

John Robert Nelson Papers

Identifier: MSS.0313
Scope and Content Note This collection consists of Dean J. Robert Nelson’s materials relating to the events at Vanderbilt University that were known as “the Lawson affair.” In 1960, a graduate student in the Divinity School was dismissed from the University, despite the Dean’s objections, for his participation in local lunch-counter sit-ins. In protest Nelson resigned as Dean of the Divinity School. Most of this collection is comprised of correspondence ranging from before Nelson’s appointment as Dean in 1957...
Dates: 1952 - 1976

Evelyn Polk Norton Collection

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 30081048299162]
Identifier: MSS.0675

Contains newspaper clippings about a Vanderbilt co-ed basketball team, a commencement itinerary for the Vanderbilt class of 1916,a speech written to the Pan-Hellenic Council, a pamphlet from "Stunt Night" (a night of performances put on by the YWCA of Vanderbilt University, and a letter to Chancellor Kirkland discussing the theme of "Stunt Night".

Dates: multiple

Nursing School Centennial

Identifier: MSS.0752
Scope and Contents

This collection includes one flat box which holds the hardback centennial celebration history book, the paperback centennial event schedule, and two commemorative medallions.

Dates: 2008

Catherine Moore Pilley Collection

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 30081044641474]
Identifier: MSS.0682

This collection contains a series of clippings and photographs about Catherine Pilley, a member of Gamma Phi Beta, dated 1932-1936.

Dates: 1932 - 1936


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