Southern States--History

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 46 Collections and/or Records:

I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition by Twelve Southerners - Original Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0222
Overview This small collection contains the original manuscript of I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition that belonged to Donald Davidson, one of the authors. There are eleven chapters, each by a different Agrarian.
Dates: 1930

Thomas S. Jones/John R. Jones Family Papers

Identifier: MSS.0231
Scope and Contents This collection contains the accounting records of a plantation in Charleston, Mississippi; the correspondence of two brothers, Thomas S. Jones [who was in charge of the plantation] and John R. Jones [who was practicing medicine in Marshall County, Tennessee]; and speech. Buleah Davis donated this collection in 1939.
Dates: 1848 - 1859

James C. Kelly Collection

Identifier: MSS.0711

Vivian Marsh Collection

Identifier: MSS.0287
Scope and Contents This collection contains four letters written to Vivian Marsh from Mabel Mobley in Johnston, South Carolina. Mrs. Mobley was born in slavery. In 1967, when these letters were written, Mabel lived on the Marsh Plantation.

The letters are not dated, but one of the envelopes has a postmark.
Dates: undated

Robert Manson Myers Papers

Identifier: MSS.0308

Nashville as Historical Laboratory Collection

Identifier: MSS.0311
Scope and Contents This .42 linear feet collection contains 26 file folders arranged in alphabetical order.
Dates: 1977-1978

Herman Clarence Nixon Papers

Identifier: MSS.0315
Scope and Contents This collection includes correspondence, diaries, journals where articles were published, etc. Series I contains incoming correspondence that is arranged alphabetically, then by date in the folders. A few pieces of correspondence are written in French and Spanish. Series II contains publications.

Books received with the collection were removed and catalogued.
Dates: multiple

Frank Lawrence Owsley Papers

Identifier: MSS.0003
Overview The papers of Frank Lawrence Owsley (1913-1959) consist of ten cubic feet of materials and are primarily concerned with the professional life and career of this historian, author, and teacher. The major series in the papers include the Correspondence, the Writings, Personal and Biographical Materials, Agrarians, Publication Material, Academic Career, Professional Activities, and Research Materials.
Dates: 1913 - 1959

Hariett Chappel Owsley Collection

Identifier: MSS.0321
Overview The Owsley Charts were compiled at Vanderbilt University circa 1939-45 through the combined efforts of Harriet Chappell Owsley, Blanche Henry Clark, and Chase Mooney, under the direction of Frank Lawrence Owsley, Professor of History. The charts themselves represent a composite of Schedules I (land ownership), H (slave ownership), and IV (products of agriculture) of the unpublished Federal Census for Tennessee, 1850 and 1860.
Dates: circa 1939-1945

William B. Ricks Collection

Identifier: MSS.0771
Scope and Content Note The William B. Ricks Collection is an archive of personal letters, photographs and other effects belonging to Rev. Dr. William B. Ricks. Most of the collection’s contents are from the 1930s to the 1950s. “Daddy” Ricks worked endlessly to promote the Sigma Chi fraternity in the South. A notable part of the collection is a 1948 presentation album of correspondence with fellow Sigma Chi’s celebrating Rev. Dr. Ricks’ contributions to the fraternity. The album includes correspondence from prominent...
Dates: multiple

Sims, Cecil Papers

Identifier: MSS.0393

Wilson Sims Collection

Identifier: MSS.0679

Southern Politics Collection

Identifier: MSS.0406
Overview The Southern Politics Collection, given by Alexander Heard in February 1982, consists of drafts and research materials for Southern Politics in State and Nation by V.O. Key, Jr., and A Two-Party South?, by Alexander Heard, together with transcripts of interviews on Southern politics used in the preparation of both these works.
Dates: 1946 - 1952

Southern Sociological Congress

Identifier: MSS.0407
Scope and Content Note The Southern Sociological Congress Photographic Collection, 1912-1920, contains eighty- nine pictures of participants and attendents of the annual meetings held by the organization. Most of the photographs identify individuals by name, but do not reveal whether the person spoke at a meeting or merely attended. Dates are also largely absent from many of the pictures. The photographs appear to have been collected by Maxwell H. Swain of Atlanta, Georgia who probably handled publicity for the...
Dates: 1912-1920

James G. Stahlman Papers

Identifier: MSS.0413
Overview This collection contains the papers of James G. Stahlman, publisher of the Nashville Banner from 1930 to 1972 and member of the Board of Trust for Vanderbilt from 1927 until his death in 1976. As publisher, Stahlman and the conservative Banner carried on storied battles with the more liberal Tennessean until the Banner's sale to the Gannett Corporation in 1972.
Dates: 1915 - 1976

John Thompson Papers

Identifier: MSS.0450
Scope and Contents This .21 linear feet collection contains 63 letters, two postcards, and one V-Mail Christmas Card from John Thompson to several family members while serving in the United States Navy during World War II. The letters are arranged in file folders chronologically by year, then month.
Dates: 1941-1945


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