4.5 cu. ft.
Organization & arrangement of materials
Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject
Materials housed in Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only. Available by appointment.
Abstract: A wide variety of materials, spanning 1910 to 1998 but mostly from 1941 to 1974, documenting various subjects about Nashville, Tenn., and used by Nashville Banner newspaper reporters for reference during their daily work. Items were originally housed in the Banner Clippings Files and were removed for preservation purposes by Nashville Public Library staff to form this collection.
Scope and content: The Nashville Banner Reporter Reference Files, Nashville Series has information about local businesses, churches, organizations, institutions, events, people, and places, that received news coverage in the Nashville Banner newspaper. Formats include press releases, typescripts, brochures, booklets, clippings and magazine articles, speeches, annual reports, and Board of Directors lists. Occasional correspondence, and transcripts of court proceedings, may also be encountered. The series also includes materials retained and used by editors of the Nashville Banner like Ed Huddleston and Charlie Moss. Quantity of materials is usually less than eight items for each individual subject although some subjects may have several folders of materials. Some items are photocopies.
All the materials in this collection were originally housed in the Banner Clippings Files, but were removed by library staff for preservation purposes. Thus, although the Banner Reporter Reference Files is a separate collection, due to its size, it nevertheless bears a very close relationship and indeed should be viewed as an extension of the Banner Clippings Files. Information in both instances was compiled and used by reporters at the Nashville Banner as references when writing about significant events of the time. Researchers are advised that due to its being a much more comprehensive resource, the Banner Clippings Files will likely be a more useful and productive source of information than the isolated items to be found in the Banner Reporter Reference Files.
Some of the more notable documents contained in this series include a large quantity of materials compiled by Banner editor Charlie Moss about the heated mayoral election of 1947. Candidates in this race included incumbent Mayor Thomas L. Cummings, vice-mayoral candidate Ben West, and mayoral candidate Judge Weldon B. White. Items include transcripts of speeches, news articles and coverage of campaign rallies, statements by the candidates, a few flyers, and related materials. Notable also is the support White received from the African-American community, and the role of labor organizations in the election.
A number of items concern the African-American Civil Rights movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and the topics of segregation, integration, sit-ins, protests, schools, busing, and related matters. They include: a civil action from Pauline E. Knight vs. the State Board of Education after being denied the right to complete her education at Tennessee A & I University because of her participation in the Nashville Sit-ins; a policy pamphlet supporting continued segregation from the management of the B & W Cafeteria during the 1960's lunch counter sit-ins; wire service articles about protests at segregated movie theaters marking the one-year anniversary of lunch counter sit-ins; a press release from the Parent School Preference Committee opposing the integration of first grade; and information concerning Nashville's Board of Education school zoning proposal for the 1971-1972 school year, including a map.
Another significant amount of information concerns Nashville churches, including lists, anniversary booklets, newsletters, and drawings of historical churches. Some of the larger or more historic churches include: McKendree Methodist Church, Woodland Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Lutheran Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Belmont Heights Baptist Church, Hillsboro Catholic Church, Tulip Street Methodist Church, and West End Methodist Church. A number of churches in the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood are also featured.
Other materials document a wide variety of Nashville-related subjects. Some of these items include: correspondence from Genesco asking for Nashville to be added to the Eastern Time Zone; proposed building sites for Fallout Detection Centers around the Nashville area; maps of proposed sites for Municipal Auditorium; a "Citizen's Band Radio jamboree" in memory of kidnap and murder victim, Marsha Trimble; and brief information, including a list of names, of women against the Vietnam War.
Additional items of interest include: initial efforts by Gaylord Entertainment to lure a professional sports team to Nashville; press releases from the Office of Alien Property Custodian concerning immigrant Fritz von Opel (under the heading of Spur Distributing); a map of 1950 census tracts; a promotional booklet from Goodpasture Christian School; a history of McGannon Hall; the admission of female members to the Nashville City Club; purported communist influence in the NAACP; a fact sheet about the services provided by Planned Parenthood in Nashville; a speech by Rear Admiral Harley Cope given at a V.F.W. meeting; a history of Davidson Academy (see Peabody College); a centennial history booklet about the Protestant Orphanage Asylum; annual reports from St. Thomas Hospital in the early 1980s; Corps of Engineers activities on the Cumberland and Caney Fork Rivers; a press release about the 3rd Rifle Company of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1953); and information concerning the construction of the Wilson Springs sewer. For a complete list of subjects, please refer to the finding aid for this series.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [item description, file title], Series II. Nashville Series, Nashville Banner Reporter Reference Files, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Irby C. Simpkins, Jr., and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. transferred any copyright they held in Nashville Banner materials to the Public Library Board in 2002. However, this collection may contain items for which they did not hold copyright, such as wire service items, booklets and brochures, and others, and therefore rights were not transferred to the Public Library Board. In either case, items in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Irby C. Simpkins, Jr., and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr.;,Gift;,1999.,Acc. RT-102
Biographical or Historical Data
The Nashville Banner newspaper began publication on Apr. 10, 1876 and ceased publication Feb. 20, 1998.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository;,folder level control.,https://assets.library.nashville.org/documents/finding-aids/Special_Collections_Division_Finding_Aid_BannerNashvilleSeriesFA.pdf
Ownership and Custodial History
In possession of Irby C. Simpkins, Jr. and Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. until donated to the Nashville Public Library in 1999.
Linking Entry Complexity
Forms part of the Nashville Banner reporter reference files.
Process;,2013-2014;,Jennifer Quier;,removal of items from Clippings files, rehouse, preliminary inventory.
Process;,2016;,Poppy Krump, intern;,initial physical processing and conservation work.
Process;,2017;,Quinntana Slaughter, intern,final processing and formal finding aid
Accumulation and Frequency of Use
No further accruals are expected.