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Cherokee Indians

Penelope Johnson Allen papers

Local historian involved with Tennessee and Chattanooga historical activities. Directed a project transcribing Tennessee county records during the Depression. A leading authority on the Cherokees. The collections includes records of the Cherokee Historical Society (1930-1931); papers relating to the Brainerd Mission (c. 1817-1838), including newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, notes, and some original letters.

  • Call Number: MS 002
  • Extent: 0.4 linear feet
  • Date: 1805-1960
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Anne Bachman Hyde papers

Historian General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; local history activist. Collections includes United Daughters of the Confederacy records; articles, pamphlets, and correspondence relating to the Civil War, the South, and Chattanooga; scrapbooks relating to Brainerd Mission; John Ross materials; and the papers of Charles Drake McGuffey, an historian and friend of Mrs. Hyde. Letter written to Sam Rhea ca 1820′s regarding slaves in Tennessee returning to Liberia (typescript of letter created).

  • Call Number: MS 021
  • Extent: 10 linear feet
  • Date: 1820-1958
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Charles R. & Anne Bachman Hyde collection

This collection was donated to the university in the early 1950s.  Mrs. Hyde, the daughter of prominent Chattanooga Presbyterian Pastor Jonathan Waverly Bachman, was a local historian and book collection.  Her collection includes over twelve-hundred titles of books focused on the American South, the Civil War, and American history.  Of special note is Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States, written by the father of Robert E. Lee, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee.  This 1869 edition was Robert E. Lee’s personal copy (he also wrote a brief biography of his father for this edition) and bears his signature on a fly-leaf inside the book.

Robert Sparks Walker papers

Personal papers, manuscripts, books and correspondence of the Chattanooga naturalist, writer, poet, and historian. Mr. Walker wrote several books, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Torchlight to the Cherokees. Others include Lookout: Story of a Mountain, As the Indian Left It and The Bleechblock Circus. The collection also includes the manuscripts to his many articles and essays, as well as hundreds of poems.

  • Call Number: MS 081
  • Extent: 30 linear feet
  • Date: 1900-1960
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