Andrew L. Todd Sr. Papers

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Title: Andrew L. Todd Sr. Papers


Creator: Andrew L. Todd Sr. family and associates

Summary/Abstract: The Andrew L. Todd Sr. Papers include correspondence, financial reports, committee reports, and newsletters related to Andrew Todd Sr., who was instrumental in the founding of the Middle Tennessee State Normal School in Murfreesboro, the first incarnation of Middle Tennessee State University.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately .5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Andrew L. Todd Sr. Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Received from Aaron Todd.

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined.

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series, sub-series, alphabetically by title, chronologically, and by type, where applicable.

Biographical Note: Andrew L. Todd Sr. was born 27 July 1872 on the farm of his father, Aaron Wilson Todd, in the Rucker community, Rutherford County. He and Minneola Wilson, the daughter of Dr. Samuel Henry Wilson and Alice Lua Hunter, were married 3 July 1895 after meeting at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. They had three children, Evelyn Elizabeth Todd, Aaron Wilson Todd II, and Andrew Lee Todd, Jr.

Andrew graduated from Union University which was located in Murfreesboro at that time, and taught at Union for three years. He then entered law school at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN, and graduated in 1900. He began law practice in Murfreesboro and was successful from the start. In 1900 he was elected county superintendent of schools and served until 1907. From 1905 to 1910 he served as Chairman of the Tennessee Textbook Committee. Governor Frazier appointed him to the State Board of Education in 1905, and he continued to serve until 1915. He was Assistant State Superintendent of Education from 1907 to 1911.

The general Education Bill of 1909, which called for a Normal School to be established in each of the state’s three grand divisions, set into motion a battle royal in the legislature between Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Cookeville, and eleven other towns for the middle Tennessee site. Mr. Todd, the representative of Murfreesboro, prevailed. Joe Black and Tom Harrison donated a tract of 80 acres with a 500-foot frontage on Main, and the State Board of Education purchased 20 adjacent acres. On 11 September 1911, classes met for the first time. In recognition of his role as founder of what is now Middle Tennessee State University, the new campus library was named in his honor in 1958.

Scope and Content: This collection includes reproductions of family history, correspondence; and news clippings regarding Andrew L. Todd, Sr., and family.

Associated Materials: None

Related Collections: No related collections.

Subject Terms

Todd, Andrew L.

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Andrew L. Todd Hall

Subjects (General)

Material Types
Newspaper clippings

Collection Inventory:



Description of Contents



Todd Biography and Genealogy



Tennessee Federation of Woman’s Clubs Scholarship Fund



“Educational Activities in the South”



“105 Years of Christian Progress, June 9, 1843-June 9, 1948” for the First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee



New York Life Insurance Company



Political Career



Naming of the A.L. Todd Library at MTSU



Photoduplications of Todd photographs



Photoduplications of newspaper clippings