Purpose of the Gordon Browning Museum Project

The purpose of this web page is to serve as a descriptive inventory to the manuscript and library collections available at the Gordon Browning Museum and Genealogical Library. The pages were developed to assist visitors, patrons, and researchers in locating archival and library materials held at the repository. The manuscript records presented in the guide consist of historical or biographical notes, abstracts of contents, inclusive dates and other relevant information to the collection. The records of library materials contain bibliographic information and are categorized by subject and location within the genealogical resource center.

History of the Gordon Browning Museum Project

In the Spring of 1997, an agreement was devised between the Curator of the Gordon Browning Museum and Genealogical Library and the Coordinator of the University of Tennessee at Martin Special Collections Department to preserve, document and inventory the over fifty manuscript collections stored in the Museum's repository. The initial goals were greatly enhanced to include the cataloging of materials held in the Genealogical Library and to create a searchable World Wide Web site. The project began on May 9th with a set completion date of August 15th. Due to preset restrictions of working only one day a week the project was rapidly set in motion. By the end of the July, the initial phase of preserving the manuscript collection and cataloging the library collection were almost complete. The web site and a printed version of this publication represent the final phase of the project.

Scope of the Gordon Browning Museum Project

The manuscript collection consists of over fifty individual collections containing personal correspondence, business ledgers, scrapbooks and miscellaneous records and papers relevant to the history of Carroll County, Tennessee. The most significant of these records are those produced or received by two time Governor of Tennessee Gordon Browning. The library collection contains over 5,000 volumes of genealogical related books and over 100 microfilm items. The vast majority of material is relevant to the State of Tennessee with a regional focus on family histories in Northwest Tennessee.

[ Credits ] December 1997, Gordon Browning Museum.