William Henley Nelson Family Papers
Scope and Contents
The William Henley Nelson Family Papers contain correspondence, military certificates and commissions, political speeches and appointments, photo copies of Nelson's military service records, newsclippings and newspapers, essays, notes on the Nelson Family genealogy, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the military and political careers of W. H. Nelson between 1861 and 1935. The records dating after 1936 describe Nelson and St. John Family activities, their relationship to W. H. Nelson, and the literary activities of James Heaton and Pearl Nelson.
The Nelson Family Papers addition consists of correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and Elinor Farina papers pertaining to the Nelson and St. John families.
- Nelson, William Henley, 1837-1935 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The Elinor Farina Stories in Box 4, Folder 15 are closed for 15 years. The rest of the material is open for research.
1.50 linear feet
Language of Materials
The collection is divided into four series: Series 1, Military and Political Records, 1866-1934; Series 2, Personal and Family Correspondence, 1861-1973; Series 3, Newsclippings and Memorabilia, 1875-1910; and Series 4, Family Photographs, c. 1862-1973.
The materials in the addition were added to Series 2, Series 3, and Series 4, while Series 5 was created for the Elinor Farina Papers.
Method of Acquisition
The William Henley Nelson Family Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Elinor Farina August 27, 1987. A handwritten account of William H. Nelson's military experiences in the West following the Civil War was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by his grandson, Nelson St. John, August 20, 1989.
Accruals and Additions
The addition to the Nelson Family Papers was donated to the Archives of Appalachia in 1990, 1995, and 1996 by Elinor Farina of Johnson City.
Removed from collection and filed in map cabinet by Accession No.:
1. Muster Roll for Company L of the 5th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, United States Army, February 28, 1865 (2:3).
Ed Speer and Scott Schwartz completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers July 18, 1990. The addition was processed by Georgia Greer, and opened to researchers in December 1996.
- Brownlow, William Gannaway, 1805-1877
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
- St. John, Ellen
- St. John, Nathan B., 1885-1962
- St. John, Pearl Nelson, 1893-1986
- Agriculture -- Tennessee Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Carter County (Tenn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad
- Education--Tennessee Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Erwin (Tenn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Freemasonry Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Grand Army of the Republic
- Indians of North America--Wars--1866-1895 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jonesborough (Tenn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Logging--Tennessee Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Milligan College
- Nelson Family
- Personal papers Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Publications (document genre) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children
- Tennessee--Politics and government Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Tennessee. General Assembly (46th: 1889-1890)
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 7th
- United States. Army. Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, 5th (1862-1865)
- Ed Speer and Scott Schwartz; Georgia Greer
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- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
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Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository
PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA