Archival Holding

Tennessee State University Archival Collection, 1912-current. The University Archives include digital resources, bibliography of the Afro-American Culture and History Conference, official publications and records of the university, papers of individual members of the administration and faculty, student publications, photographs, video and audio recordings of various campus functions and other materials relating to the University.

The Thomas Edward Poag Collection, 1939-1973.  Dr. Thomas E. Poag founded the Tennessee State University Players Guild in 1939. He served as Director of the Players Guild, Head of the Department of Speech & Drama, and Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences during his tenure of thirty-four years at the University. Materials in the collection included manuscripts of publications, plays, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks and other miscellaneous types of materials.

Lois C. McDougald Church History Collection, 1832-current. This growing collection includes the history, programs, Sunday Bulletins and newspaper clippings of various African-American churches. Most of these churches were established between 1832 and the present and the majority are located in Metropolitan Nashville.

Tennessee State University: An Olympic Tradition

Edward S. Temple Collection, 1950-1994. Edward S. Temple served as Head Women's Track Coach for forty-four years at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee and Associate Professor of Sociology. During his coaching tenure, forty members of his famed Tigerbelles teams have represented Tennessee State University in Olympic competition. Thirty-nine athletes have graduated from college with one or more degrees. Some of the Olympians profiled include the following persons:

Mr. Temple retired from teaching and coaching at Tennessee State University in May, 1994. This collection consists of trophies, scrapbooks, brochures, photographs and other memorabilia.

Men's Track - Ralph Boston, 1958-1961. (Rome, 1960 - gold medal; Tokyo, 1964 - silver medal; Mexico City, 1968 - bronze medal) This TSU Olympian eclipsed the long jump record of the legendary Jesse Owens, and is one of a select number of athletes to win all three medals awarded in an Olympic event.

Avon Williams Collection, 1945-1991. Avon Williams was a civil rights lawyer and prominent state senator for whom the downtown campus was named. This collection consists of memorabilia, newspaper clippings and material from the state senate.

Daniel E. Owens Collection, 1963-1971. The first collection consists of sixty-eight full music scores that were arranged and performed by the Tennessee State Marching Band. The second collection consists of 2,000 albums recorded by great jazz musicians and other artists.

Walter C. Robinson Collection, 1924-1968. The materials in this collection consists of speeches, correspondence, his participation with the Republican Party, 4th Ward Chattanooga, TN and issues of The Chattanooga Observer, edited by Mr. Robinson from 1927-1962.

C. B. Robinson Collection, 1911-1992. The materials in this collection consists of correspondence, newspapers clippings, minutes, programs, speeches, relating to his career as a state legislator from Chattanooga, TN.

The Tennessee State University Alumni Collection, 1912-current. This collection consists of brochures, newspaper clippings, programs and publications relating to alumni of the university

The TSU Sports Hall of Fame Collection, This collection consists of brochures, newspaper clippings, programs and publications relating to sports of the university.   

The Tennessee State University Presidential Records, 1912-current. This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, reports and speeches relating to the presidents of the university. 

Russell C. Barbour Collection, 1887-1944. The Russell C. Barbour Collection consists of biographical information on Barbour, bulletins from First Baptist Church and Morehouse College, general and personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs (such as Martin L. King & Christine King); programs, and sermons (DEPTHS, His last one).

The Eva Bowman Collection, 1900-1984. The  Eva Bowman  Collection consists of biographical data on Bowman; certificates from community activities; general and personal correspondence; photographs (Jean Patton, a pioneer in women's track at TSU and a photograph of Mary McCleod Bethune founder of Bethune-Cookman College.)

Martha Brown Collection, 1930-1956.  The  Martha Brown Collection consists of biographical data on Brown; general & personal correspondence (1930-1949) with the Tennessee Negro Education Association where she was treasurer, form letters, accounts, bills & receipts, writings, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs and prints.

Lois H. Daniel Collection, 1945-1991.  The Lois H. Daniel  Collection consists of biographical information on Daniel, general and personal correspondence, accounts, bills & receipts, writings, speeches, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, printed matter, memorabilia and plaques.

George W. Gore Collection, 1922-1982.  Dr. Gore founded the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society on November 26, 1937.  The George W. Gore Collection consists of biographical data on Gore; general and personal correspondence, accounts, bills & receipts, writings, speeches from his presidency of Florida A. & M. University, programs, and printed matter including Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

Frances Thompson Collection, 1923-1992. The Frances E. Thompson Collection consists of biographical data on Thompson; general and personal correspondence, accounts, bills & receipts, writings by Miss Thompson and other persons, classroom notes, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs such as drawings, printed material from Harvard.

A Digital Collection  a collection of primary resources from HBCU libraries and archives. It includes several thousand scanned pages and represents HBCU libraries first collaborative effort to make a historic collection digitally available. Collections are contributed from member libraries of the Historically Black College and University Library Alliance.

The collection includes photographs, university correspondence, manuscripts, and images of campus buildings, alumni letters, memorabilia, and programs from campus events.

These images present HBCUs as cultural, social, and political institutions from the early 1800's until today.

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