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African Americans

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 66 Collections and/or Records:

Account book of Absalom A. Kyle, [Jr.], ca. 1849-1853; Absalom Kyle journal entries, ca. 1861-1862; and Kyle and Graham family records.

 Collection
Identifier: MM.1998.003
Scope and Contents Account book (partial) of Absalom A. Kyle, ca. 1849-1853; journal entries made by Absalom Kyle, Rogersville, Tenn., ca. 1861-1862; and family entries for Absalom Kyle [Jr.] and wife Mary Ann Graham Kyle. Mary Ann Graham Kyle was the daughter of Hugh Graham and Catherine Nenney Graham. Journal entries include purchases of slaves. Inside front cover has account of the death of President Garfield, 1881. Typed index at back of volume. AD 1 vol. [80 pp.] (some pages loose).
Dates: circa 1849-1862

African American Woman and Shannondale School Group

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Identifier: SPC 1995.025
Scope and Contents Full length portrait of (African-American ?) woman, with sticker at bottom: “A Merry Xmas To The Family From Sue.” Found in old gift book in 1991, no additional ID.; Shannondale School group, grade 2, 1967-1968. 5x7” color in holder. Belonged to Linda, age 7.
Dates: 1960s

Alfred Easley’s petition to get daughter back from Texas; P. M. Senter document to Freedman’s Bureau, 1871.

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Identifier: MM.2009.006
Scope and Contents November 20, 1871, letter from P. M. Senter, Court Clerk of Grainger County, Rutledge, Tenn., to Capt. Walker, U. S. A., In Charge of Freedman’s Bureau, Knoxville, Tenn. Requests assistance to bring back Manda, the daughter of former slave Alfred Easley, who went to Texas in 1854. ALS 1 pc. (2 pp.) December 9, 1871, petition of Alfred Easley, of Color (former slave of W. Easley), Rutledge, Grainger County, Tenn., to Major General O. O. Howard, Chief of the Freedman’s Bureau, Washington City,...
Dates: 1871

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority programs, ca. 1939-1941. Alpha Pi Omega Chapter. From the estate of Olive Hannum.

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Identifier: Ephemera 2001.002
Scope and Contents Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents “Adam and Eva” at Austin High School, March 14 (no year). 1 pc. cast listed on front, autographs printed on inner spread and back page. Alpha Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents the internationally famous Etta Motten. Knoxville High School Auditorium. March 3, 1939. Autographed on the front. 1 pc. Alpha Pi Omega Glee Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Sevier County High School. March 25, 1941. 1 pc.
Dates: ca. 1939-1941

Andrew Johnson political cartoon ‘Johnson’s Love For the Soldier’ ca. 1866. (ephemera)

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Identifier: Ephemera 2000.010
Scope and Contents Printed political cartoon re: Andrew Johnson entitled ‘Johnson’s Love For the Soldier.’ Ca. 1866. Portrays favoritism of African American solders over white soldiers. Back of card is printed with information about paying Black soldiers $300.00 and not having money to pay White soldiers $100.00. Anti-Johnson. 3 x 4.25.” 7 copies.
Dates: circa 1866

Armstrong Family Papers, 1826-1892. Include the papers of Drury P. Armstrong and Robert Houston Armstrong.

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Identifier: MSC 0237
Scope and Contents The Armstrong Family Papers consist of the business transactions and personal reflections of Drury Paine Armstrong (1799-1856) and his son Robert Houston Armstrong (1825-1896). In 1823, Drury P. Armstrong married Amelia Houston, the daughter of Robert Houston. Armstrong was a well regarded businessman and town leader and was appointed to several positions throughout his lifetime. Robert Houston Armstrong was elected to the state legislature about 1850, representing Knox and Sevier Counties. The...
Dates: 1826-1892

Bachman family photographs

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Identifier: QSPC 2007.001
Scope and Contents Photograph of John (a former Bachman slave; reputedly an African prince) and Nathan Lynn Bachman (1878-1937). Ca. 1885. Approx. 8.5x13.25” sepia print mounted on board. Portrait of the Jonathan Bachman family, ca. late 1890s. Names on back of photograph. Approx. 10.25x13.5” mounted on board.
Dates: circa 1885-1899

Beauford Delaney Collection.

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Identifier: MSC 0577
Scope and Contents Box 1: Correspondence, 1958-1971, 1988 + drawings & text re: numbers in French. 6 folders. + copies of scans of the material. Box 2: 23 used paintbrushes and pencils. Note from relative that they were in a French pitcher from PP? Believed to have belonged to and been used by artist Beauford Delaney.
Dates: 1956-1988

Benjamin McNutt - Thomas Rodgers bill of sale, 1829.

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Identifier: MM.2017.012
Scope and Contents Benjamin McNutt to Thomas Rodgers, both of Knox County, Tenn., bill of sale for one negro man named Philip. April 10, 1829. ADS 1 pc.
Dates: 1829

Bible record of John and Elizabeth Brabson and family letters, 1844-1877. Photocopies.

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Identifier: MM.1979.009
Scope and Contents Photocopied typescripts of: - 1859 list of slaves owned by Elizabeth Brabson - family Bible record of John and Elizabeth Brabson - family letters, 1844-1877, including three 1865 letters - Brabson Cemetery (Sevier County, Tenn.) listing
Dates: 1844-1877

“Black & White: Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era” exhibition guides

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Identifier: Ephemera 2020.061
Scope and Contents Exhibition guides for the Museum of East Tennessee History exhibit “Black & White: Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era” featuring the stories of African American artists Beauford and Joseph Delaney and Ruth Cobb Brice. The exhibit was presented as a timeline featuring selected moments from Knoxville’s history. The exhibit was designed by Adam Alfrey and Rebecca P’Simer, with Steve Cotham and Bob Booker providing research. The exhibit was originally scheduled to run concurrently...
Dates: 2020

Brown Family Papers and Sevier and Brown Family History by Marvin Wilson and Elnora Lloyd League.

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Identifier: MM.2001.010 a&b
Scope and Contents MM.2001.010a: undated fragment of McClellan family record (taped to index card); handwritten paper on today and tomorrow signed Kate Brown, ADS 4 pp. (1 pc.), no date; May 7(?), 1820(?) letter from Jane to Ruth Ann McClennan. ALS 1 p. re: visit, marriage; May 3, 1845, letter from R. C. S. Brown, Little Rock, Ark., to his wife. ALS 1 p. re: travel on boat, money; April 15, 1850, letter from R. C. S. Brown, Little Rock, Ark., to wife Ruth Ann. ALS 2 pp. re: trials, church; July 26, 1854, letter...
Dates: 1820-2001

Carson Letters (Joseph and J.G. Carson correspondence, 1812-1813, 1833-1854) (typescripts) .

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Identifier: MM.2016.003
Scope and Contents Carbon typescript transcriptions of letters. Sketch of Joseph Carson who served in the War of 1812, serving under Gen. F. L. Claiborne. + four letters, 1812 (note says should be 1813)-1813. (Written from Soldiers Retreat, Camp opposite Mobile, Mount Vernon Cantonment, Fort Madison). December 26, 1833-October 20, 1854, letters from Catherine Waller Carson, J. G. Carson (James Green Carson), and William S. Waller. Letters include family news, health, buying Negroes, daily life. Places written...
Dates: 1813-1854

‘Coon Series’ by Knaffl & Bro.

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Identifier: SPC 2012.004
Scope and Contents Three B&W photographic postcards from the ‘Coon Series’ by Knaffl & Bro., Knoxville, Tenn.. . “I’se Cryin’ for you,” “Honey, Does Yo Lub Yo Man?” (1897), and “A Skin Game.” (1898).
Dates: 1890s

East Port School and Oakland School records of examination, 1889-1891. Knox County, Tenn.

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Identifier: MM.1997.044
Scope and Contents Record of Examination of female students of East Port School, 2nd District of Knox County, Tenn., 1889-1890. Signed by P. E. J. Yett, teacher. DS 1 oversize piece. + Record of Examination of Oakland School, 2nd District, Knox County, Tenn. February 1891. Signed by T. Lillard(?), teacher. DS 1 oversize piece. Identified by seller as African-American Schools.
Dates: 1889-1891

Emancipation bond for Luke, 1831.

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Identifier: MM.1984.007
Scope and Contents Emancipation bond for Luke, July 11, 1831, property of John McCracken, Washington County, Tenn. ADS 1 pc. Originally collected by Seale Johnson, Jackson, Tenn.
Dates: 1831

Francis J. Garrison letter, 1900.

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Identifier: MM.1981.184
Scope and Contents May 21, 1900, letter from Francis J. Garrison to Mr. Warner. LS (typed carbon with postscript added). 2 pp. Re: Warner's support of Negro education and Fisk & Atlanta Universities; opposition to repeal 15th amendment.
Dates: 1900

Frank Walter Taylor Collection (1800-1868).

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Identifier: MSC 0186
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Tenn., deeds, letters, documents, etc. 1800-1868. Collection includes two items re: sale of slaves (Sept. 9, 1820 and Jan. 1834); letter from Elijah Embree (Jan. 30, 1843(?)); Civil War claim of Nancy Rayl for horse taken by Captain Armstrong, 9th Tennessee Cavalry; letter from D. A. Deaderick (July 26, 1868) ; among the names and subjects found in the collection are: Martha Inman, Shadrack Inman, Ezekiel Inman, Joseph Hamilton, John Roper, Joseph Roper, Francis...
Dates: 1800-1868

Free Colored Library, Knoxville, Tennessee envelope.

 Collection
Identifier: MM.2014.007
Scope and Contents Used (but not mailed) envelope with the return address Free Colored Library, Vine and Nelson Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. Handwritten note in pencil “How about keeping this in McClung Room? Miniature of Washington's Farewell Address Printed by Kingsport Press.” To Miss Harris. Initial M.E. (Martha Ellison?).
Dates: 1934-1940

Funeral of Aunt Mary

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Identifier: SPC 2015.004
Scope and Contents 7 snapshots, 1930, of funeral of Aunt Mary. Shows corpse, mourners, wagon, cabin, church.
Dates: 1930

George Fairfax Lee bond to Richard Sebue. August 2, 1787.

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Identifier: MM.1999.029
Scope and Contents Re: bond of George Fairfax Lee, Westmoreland County, to Richard Sebue. Involved delivery of a Negro man called Tim. August 2, 1787. ADS 1 pc.
Dates: 1787

Gilbert Brown Collection.

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Identifier: MSC 0588
Scope and Contents Gilbert Brown (1907-1975) native of Knox County, Tenn., was married twice. There are World War II letters from Brown to second wife Sula Mae Brown and his family during military service during the war. There are also wartime letters from other members of his extended family
Dates: 1943-1958

Gleaner Printing Company

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Identifier: SPC 2014.016
Scope and Contents Gleaner Printing Co., Vine Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. Operated by Noah W. Smiley. Interior view with four people. 8x10” Sepia. 1 pc.
Dates: ca. 1900s

Happy Home Church of God (Knoxville, Tenn.).

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Identifier: MSC 0381
Scope and Contents Happy Home Church of God material is from the African American Church, which was located on Henson Road, off Middlebrook Pike near Tennessee Avenue and the L & N Railroad (the church as a group is no longer in existence). Material is housed in 1 box that contains 2 books of financial records + legal papers (including court exhibits) concerning the chancery court case filed by the Trustees of the church against the former pastor, John Bair, ca. 1948. Books and papers were sent to the McClung...
Dates: 1942-1949

Harriman Photographs

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Identifier: SPC 2019.104
Scope and Contents SPC 2019.104.001 Front: Black-and-white photo of Trenton Street in Harriman, Tenn. Key City Hotel (118-122 Trenton Street, corner Carter) on corner. Back: Stamped with “Views of Harriman: Geo. W. Morgan, View __________” written on line after “View” in pen “Trenton St.”SPC 2019.104.002 Front: Black-and-white photo of African-American man sitting on porch eating watermelon. Back: Written in ink “Tom Wheeler in Front of ‘Peachtree Cottage’ - Harriman, Tenn.” Stamped...
Dates: unknown

Inquisition re: death of Patsy. Knox County, Tenn. May 20, 1836.

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Identifier: MM.1997.079
Scope and Contents Inquisition taken at William Lawyers in Knox County, Tenn., on August 26, 1836, before Justice of the Peace Martin L. Mynatt, re: body of Patsy, a woman of color, belonging to Martha Cobb, heir of William Cobb, deceased. “...Died by the visitation of God in a natural way...” ADS 1 pc. ( 7 signatures).
Dates: 1836

Isaac, slave petition for freedom, 1858.

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Identifier: MM.1995.03
Scope and Contents Decree. Isaac, a man of color who sues by his next friend Jacob Lamon vs. William Sliger and others. November 12, 1858. (Jonesboro, Tenn.). AD 3 pp. (1 pc.). Notes says document was probably written by T. A. R. Nelson, last paragraph by J.F. Deaderick. Re: freedom granted to Sliger’s slave Isaac, under work obligation to J. F. Deaderick until money is raised for Isaac to go to Africa.
Dates: 1858

James McBee statement. November 4, 1862.

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Identifier: MM.1999.045
Scope and Contents Statement of James McBee of Grainger County, Tenn., re: management of his farm with 20 Negroes on it. Statement taken by P .R. Grills, acting Justice of the Peace for Knox County. ADS 1 pc. with note on back re: McBee not liable for conscription, signed by Sam W. Mosely.
Dates: 1862

James S. Meek letter to Lemuel McBee, May 29, 1835.

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Identifier: MM.2018.004
Scope and Contents Letter from James S. Meek, Caldwell County, Ky, (postmarked Princeton, Ky.), to Lemuel McBee, Newmarket (New Market), Jefferson County, Tenn. May 29, 1835. ALS 4 pp. (1 pc.). Family news, growing and selling tobacco, U. S. Bank and bank charter, Judge White is the peoples’ candidate, caucus of nine members of Congress and David Crockett, the great coonkiller of the west, politics, let me know the price of Negroes there, wish to buy one or two negroes,
Dates: 1835

James Weir Journal and the Banjo research

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Identifier: MM.2020.012
Scope and Contents Research project undertaken to verify the accuracy of the quote about negro banjo players in frontier Knoxville in the 1790s in the book The Outlaw Years: The History of the Land Pirates of the Natchez Trace by Robert M. Coates (New York: The Literary Guild of America, 1930).
Dates: 2019