Sarah King Papers

Sarah King

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Title: Sarah King Papers

Dates: Late 1800s-late 1900s

Creator: Sarah King

Summary/Abstract: These are the personal papers of Sarah McKelley King, wife of Walter Hughey King. Mrs. King was a distant relative of the Collier family, original owners of the historic Collier-Crichlow House on East Main Street. Much of the papers relate to this family and their home. Mrs. King was also heavily involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The remainder of the papers relate to her activities and administrative positions within the DAR, both locally and nationally.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 3 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), Sarah King Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Mrs. Sarah King, 2004

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These papers are arranged into five series: Collier Family Papers, King Publications, King Subject Files, King Ephemera, and King Business Records. Items in King Publications and King Business Records appear to be arranged chronologically, while other series are not arranged so.

Biographical Note: Mrs. Sarah King belongs to the extensive and illustrious Collier clan, a prominent family in Rutherford County history.  As a result, a portion of this collection consists of old Collier family correspondence and financial records. 

The majority of the family information in Series I pertains to a Mr. Ingram Blanks Collier III, who was born in 1838.  The heir of a rather successful line of namesakes, I.B. Collier worked as a farmer and cotton broker in Rutherford County.  In addition, he served as cashier at the First National Bank of Murfreesboro.  Collier’s wealth increased as he began to purchase shares of his bank’s stock as well as shares in the N&C Railway.  After marrying young Kentucky widow Anna Cushman Jones in 1869, Collier built three cotton stores along North Maple Street, which still stand today. Collier also served as mayor of Murfreesboro from 1872-1873. 

I.B. and Anna Collier had three children—Nama, Carmine, and I.B. IV.  Nama, the oldest, was born in 1870.  She attended school at both the Haynes’ Institute and Mrs. Price’s School in Nashville.  Gifted with a pleasant voice, Nama performed at the Opera House as the character Beauty in the musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Much like her sister, younger Carmine (1872) possessed artistic talent. She was particularly well-known for her oil paintings. Carmine too attended school, although she went to the local Soule College in Murfreesboro. Ingram Blanks IV, the youngest of the children, was born in 1874, just two years after Carmine. 

Mr. Collier commissioned the Collier-Crichlow mansion on East Main Street in 1878. Unfortunately, what was to become the three-story Second Empire house was not yet completed when I.B. Collier III died from leukemia in 1879.  However, the first floor was finished, so Anna and their children reluctantly moved into their new home. Tragedy struck again, however, when son I.B. Collier IV died from diphtheria at age six. Mrs. Collier was devastated by the loss of her loved ones.  She continued, however, to reside at the mansion with her remaining two children and her late husband’s brother, Newton, and his family. 

Nama Collier lived to be sixteen years old.  She died of typhoid fever on November 4, 1886.  Carmine, on the other hand, survived into adulthood.  She continued to live at the Collier mansion with her mother and hosted many social events. It was through these events that Anna met Colonel Horace Ready.  They married on April 13, 1888. Carmine lived with her family until her mother’s death in January 1924 (Ready died in 1904). She never married and passed away in November 1954. 

Sarah King is a distant cousin of Carmine Collier. The daughter of James McKelley and Lutie Osborn, Sarah was born on November 7, 1921, in Nashville. She married Walter Hughey King in 1941 and lived with him for some time on the grounds of the Sam Davis Home. Mrs. King possesses an honorary chair for life with the Daughters of the American Revolution, having served in the DAR at the Chapter, State, and National levels.  She was Honorary State Regent of Tennessee from 1968-71, Curator of the National Society of the DAR from 1971-74, and President General of the National Society DAR from 1983-86. Under Mrs. King’s leadership, the NSDAR published a book entitled “Black Courage 1775-1783,” which contains information on black soldiers and patriots who aided the cause of American independence. Mrs. King also ran as a candidate for the United States Congress in 1976. 

In addition to her duties with the DAR, Mrs. King served as a Charter appointee to a bipartisan commission in the Coalition for the Peace through Strength Caucus and served by appointment of President Ronald Reagan as an advisor to the United States Congress. Albert Gore Jr. also appointed Mrs. King as an advisor during his congressional, senatorial, and vice presidential terms. Sarah King was honored at a reception by the United States Congress as a Tennessean serving the nation as well. 

Scope and Content: The Sarah King Papers contain materials pertaining to both the Collier and King families. Mrs. King, a distant relative of the Colliers, received the Colliers’ late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs, letters, financial documents, and business records as they were passed down through the generations of her family. The second portion of the collection of papers consists of primary sources that document Mrs. King’s activities in the Daughters of the American Revolution during the 1970s and 1980s in relation to the Rutherford County Sesquicentennial Celebration of 1976, the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, and the Treaty of Paris Celebration of 1983. 

Series 1: Collier Family Papers (1 box, 20 folders)

The correspondence and financial records of I.B. Collier III and immediate family encompass the majority of this series. Dating from the 1860s to 1954, this expansive series contains primary source items such as letters, bank deposit slips, wills, funeral notices, deeds, clippings, and miscellaneous financial documents. A majority of the correspondence and financial information dates back to the nineteenth century.

Series 2: King Publications (1 box, 9 folders)

Special-edition newspapers form the bulk of the Publications series. Three editions featuring the Civil War as well as a replica edition of a July 1862 Murfreesboro paper highlight nineteenth-century Middle Tennessee. This series also contains newspapers about Rutherford County’s Sesquicentennial Celebration and the former Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna. The second edition of Hearthstones: The Story of Rutherford County Homes and a Collier family genealogy, compiled in 2000, complete this series.

Series 3: King Subject Files (1 box, 8 folders)

This series contains an assortment of clippings and miscellaneous documentation concerning the King family. In addition to newspaper articles and photographs relating to Mr. and Mrs. King, this series contains clippings and scrapbook materials about the Sam Davis Home, which the Kings held near and dear to their hearts. Speeches and speech fragments document Mrs. King’s involvement with the National Society of the DAR. A copy of the Colonel Hardy Murfree Chapter of the DAR’s constitution and by-laws from 1915, as well as a Treaty of Paris Celebration booklet from 1983, are also in this series.

Series 4: King Ephemera (1 box, 12 items)

The ephemera series largely consists of items denoting Sarah King’s involvement with the DAR and her election to the NSDAR. Scrapbooks concerning the Sam Davis Home and a Wyoming Chapter of the DAR are in this series, as well as a memento from King’s attendance at the Reagan-Bush Inaugural. Most of the items date to the 1970s and 1980s. However, six Tennessee Central Fair Association tickets date back to 1872.

Series 5: King Business Records (1 box, 3 items)

An 1860 business record from the Green & Copeland Dry Goods store, as well as two volumes of the W.H. King business record (1912-1915, 1917-1935), compose this series.
Photographs #1-76 of the Sarah King Photo Collection are digitized only.

The Collier Family: 1643-2000 genealogical book of the King Publications Series is being stored with the King Business Records (Box 5)

Sam Davis “1st Day on the Farm” slides from the Sarah King Collection are located in the slide collection.

Associated Materials: Mr. Steve Cates donated two “Sarah King for Congress” posters to the Gore Research Center. These two items are currently stored in an oversized box.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Sarah McKelley King
I.B. Collier II
I.B. Collier III
Anna Collier
Colonel Horace Ready
Walter Hughey King

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Collier-Crichlow House
Daughters of the American Revolution
Banking
Railroads

Material Types
Business Records
Ephemera
Scrapbooks
Speeches
Booklets
Newspaper Clippings
Photographs
Correspondence
Financial Documents

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Collier Family

Collier & Jones Bank Deposit Slips, First National Bank of Murfreesboro 1870-1873

1

2

Collier Family

Collier & Jones Financial Transactions & Receipts ca. 1869-1873

1

3

Collier Family

Collier, Carmine -- Letters 1889-1954, undated

1

4

Collier Family

Collier, Carmine – Notebook of Financial Records 1940s

1

5

Collier Family

Collier, Carmine – Will 1948

1

6

Collier Family

Collier, Anna -- Financial Documents 1858,1868-9,1870,1871-2,1888

1

7

Collier Family

Collier, Anna -- Letters 1870s-1880s

1

8

Collier Family

Collier, I.B. -- Business Transactions/Receipts (Accounts, Contracts, Land Surveys) 1870s

1

9

Collier Family

Collier, I.B. -- Correspondence 1854-1874

1

10

Collier Family

Collier, I.B. -- Miscellaneous Correspondence & Receipts 1868-9, 1870s

1

11

Collier Family

Collier, Nama – Letters & Miscellany 1881-1884

1

12

Collier Family

Funeral notices -- Martha, I.B. IV, Nama, & Martha Collier; Lutie Osborn 1878, 1880, 1886, 1895

1

13

Collier Family

Murfree, Dr. James B. -- Transcribed Diary (Murfree Collection of Letters) 1861-1865

1

14

Collier Family

Murfree, Mary Noailles -- Clippings and Miscellany various dates

1

15

Collier Family

Ready, Anna -- Letters 1916-1922

1

16

Collier Family

Ready, Anna -- Hardin Co., KY, Correspondence & Financial Documents 1893, 1948, 1950, 1952-54

1

17

Collier Family

Ready, Colonel Horace and Anna -- Letters 1889

1

18

Collier Family

Ready, Colonel Horace -- Receipts and Transactions 1890s

1

19

Collier Family

Reeves, Miss Mollie -- State of Mississippi Title and Deed of Land 1877

1

20

Collier Family

Miscellaneous Financial Documents 1890, 1896, 1915

2

1

King Publications

Hearthstones Author:  Mary B. Hughes, second edition 1942

2

2

King Publications

Murfreesboro News Replica of July 16, 1862 edition unknown

2

3

King Publications

Nashville Banner “The Civil War in Middle TN (Part I, 1861-62)" Sat., Dec. 16, 1961

2

4

King Publications

Nashville Banner “The Civil War in Middle TN (Part II, 1863)" Sat., Feb. 9, 1963

2

5

King Publications

Nashville Banner "The Civil War in Middle TN (Part IV, Commemorating the Centennial)" Sat., Nov. 14, 1964

2

6

King Publications

Rutherford Courier Sewart Air Force Base, Smyrna & LaVergne; Section called "Women" Dec. 9, 1965

2

7

King Publications

The Daily News Journal "Accent;" Features MAC (Military Aircraft Command) Nov. 13, 1977

2

8

King Publications

The Daily News Journal Sesquicentennial Edition, Section Five Oct. 15, 1967

2

9

King Publications

The Daily News Journal Sesquicentennial Edition, Section Seven Oct. 15, 1967

4

0

King Publications

The Collier Family:  1643-2000 Authors: Sharon & Patsy Collier (stored with Business Records series) 2000

3

1

King Subject Files

Clippings – King, Mr. Walter Hughey and Sarah 1939, 1959-60, 1970s

3

2

King Subject Files

Clippings -- Sam Davis 1951, 1962, 1966, 1970

3

3

King Subject Files

DAR -- Colonel Hardy Murfree Chapter, Constitution & By-Laws 1915-1916

3

4

King Subject Files

DAR -- Speeches and Speech Fragments various dates

3

5

King Subject Files

Documents -- Sam Davis Scrapbook, Loose various dates

3

6

King Subject Files

Treaty of Paris Celebration booklet (1783-1983) 1983

3

7

King Subject Files

Miscellaneous Clippings 1914, 1975, 1981, misc.

3

8

King Subject Files

Clippings -- Sam Davis Scrapbook various

4

 

King Ephemera

Tennessee Central Fair Association tickets (6 items) 1872

4

 

King Ephemera

Invitations to DAR’s Murfreesboro Sesquicentennial Celebration at the Stones River Battlefield (3) October 15, 1976

4

 

King Ephemera

Coupons for Queen Bess silverware no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Ole Bull’s Grand Concert ticket stub no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Envelope of decorative stickers no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Sam Davis Home scrapbook (refer to "Clippings--Sam Davis" in King Subject Files series) no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Caspar, Wyoming Scrapbook from Wyoming DAR FT Caspar Chapter to Sarah King early 1980s

4

 

King Ephemera

Reagan-Bush Inaugural Pin 1985

4

 

King Ephemera

George DeHoff wooden campaign button no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Sarah King campaign button & fan for President General of the NSDAR no date

4

 

King Ephemera

Congressional Advisory Board membership award no date

4

 

King Ephemera

1 cassette tape labeled "Fulton" no date

5

 

King Business Records

Green & Copeland Dry Goods Business Record, Green & Copeland, 1860

5

 

King Business Records

W. H. King Business Record; Volume 1, W.H. King, 1912-1915

5

 

King Business Records

W.H. King Business Record; Volume 2 W.H. King, 1917-1935


Images


Image #

Series

Description of Contents

77

Photographs

King, Mrs. Douglas MacArthur & her brother, Colonel Harvard Smith undated

78

Photographs

King at US Capital (Rep Beard, Evins, Quillen, Senator Brock, Baker) undated

79

Photographs

King singing at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital ca. 1970

80

Photographs

King, Miss Mary Hall, Congressman & Ann Evins in Washington, D.C. 1970

81

Photographs

King, Miss Mary Hall & General Hugh Mott 1969

82

Photographs

King distributing gifts at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital undated

83

Photographs

King, President Ronald Reagan (official photo) Jan. 25, 1985

84

Photographs

King, President Ronald Reagan & unidentified woman (official photo) Feb. 6, 1986

85

Photographs

Platoon 82, USMC in San Diego depicting PFC WH King 1944

86

Photographs

King on Bastille Day, Washington D.C. at Dominique’s Restaurant undated

87

Photographs

King, Pat Wilson & Alfred McFarland at Moore’s installation, Sewart AFB undated

88

Photographs

King at DAR party with Mrs. Douglas MacArthur Jan. 1983 (?)

89

Photographs

Robert Ragland, Mr. Miles, W.H. King, & Granville Ridley at a SAR meeting ca. 1968

90

Photographs

King, Phyllis Schlafley & Mr. Charlton Heston undated

91

Photographs

John Bragg, astronaut Rhea Seddon, & Mrs. Douglas MacArthur undated

92

Photographs

King, Mr. Hughey King, Mrs. Ann Evins, & Alfred McFarland undated

93

Photographs

General & Mrs. William G. Moore at Sewart Air Force Base 1962

94

Photographs

King singing at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital ca. 1970

95

Photographs

Mrs. Douglas MacArthur with unidentified man undated

96

Photographs

Governor Frank Clement at Stones River Park with his family (?) undated

97

Photographs

King at Reagan Inaugural (B King, WH King, S Norton, B Gordon, K King, & W Norton, III) undated

98

Photographs

KC Mifflin, M Leatherman, B Derryberry, J Tum, & J Green 1980s

99

Photographs

King at the Sam Davis Memorial Service undated

100

Photographs

King, 7 unidentified people undated

101

Photographs

Mr. Ingram Blanks Collier, Mayor of Murfreesboro from 1869-1871 undated

102

Photographs

Congressman Albert Gore, Jr. undated

103

Photographs

King, VP George Bush Sr. and Barbara Bush undated

104

Photographs

King, VP George Bush Sr. & unidentified woman (official photo) Jan. 20, 1984

105

Photographs

King, VP George Bush Sr. & unidentified woman undated

106

Photographs

King shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan (official photo) Jan. 20, 1984

107

Photographs

King, Astronaut Rhea Seddon, Washington D.C. undated

108

Photographs

King, Astronaut Rhea Seddon & Bart Gordon, Washington D.C. undated

109

Photographs

King, Mr. Jack Weatherford 1973

110

Photographs

King, Colonel Allen (Director of U.S. Army Band) & Mrs. Allen (official photo) undated

111

Photographs

King speaking at a podium in Washington, D.C. 1970

112

Photographs

King, unidentified man, Count de Rochambeau & Duke de Castri in Paris at Monument Sept.1983

113

Photographs

King shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan at the White House (official photo) Jan. 25, 1984

114

Photographs

Mr. & Mrs. King, Mr. & Mrs. McFarland at Moore’s installation, Sewart AFB (official photo) undated

115

Photographs

King, President Ronald Reagan & unidentified woman (official photo) Jan. 20, 1984

116

Photographs

King, Mr. Hughey King, and the Director of the U.S. Navy Band and wife (official photo) undated

117

Photographs

King, Tennessee State Executive Board, DAR undated

118

Photographs

King, Dr. Ian Burr & unidentified man at the dedication of marker to DAR at Vanderbilt undated

119

Photographs

King, Dr. Ian Burr & unidentified man at Vanderbilt undated

120

Photographs

King, DAR State Cabinet undated

121

Photographs

King, unidentified women & two unidentified men & Sarah McClennan undated

122

Photographs

King, Nancy Reagan (official photo) undated

123

Photographs

Unidentified man, possibly Gen. MacArthur (2 items) post-WWII

124

Photographs

Albert Gore, Jr. undated

125

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

126

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

127

Photographs

Unidentified child pre-WWII

128

Photographs

Prince of Wales' wife pre-WWII

129

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

130

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

131

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

132

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

133

Photographs

Unidentified woman pre-WWII

134

Photographs

Unidentified woman pre-WWII

135

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

136

Photographs

Governor Seymour pre-WWII

137

Photographs

Unidentified man in hammock pre-WWII

138

Photographs

Unidentified man pre-WWII

139

Photographs

Anna Cushman (Collier Ready) & unidentified man pre-WWII

140

Photographs

Unidentified women on porch pre-WWII

141

Photographs

Unidentified woman & child pre-WWII

142

Photographs

Child (Collier Jr.) pre-WWII

143

Photographs

Unidentified man at Cushman gravesite (with description) pre-WWII

144

Photographs

Sam Davis undated

145

Photographs

Burial Site of Sam Davis undated

146

Photographs

Sam Davis Home undated

147

Photographs

King at Luau with friends undated