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A Guide to the William A. Donelson Family Papers, 1883-1937
Born in Germany, William Alexander Donelson (1848-1900) was the son of Tennessean and diplomat Andrew Jackson Donelson and his second wife Elizabeth Anderson (Martin) Randolph. In 1882, Donelson married Bettie Mizell (1862-1939), and the next year, the couple had their only child, William Alexander, II. In 1900, William Giles Baker murdered Donelson after several failed attempts. Active in the Nashville community, Bettie helped organize the Ladies Hermitage Association, served as president of Andrew Jackson Society and chairman of the Davidson County Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and supported the Tennessee suffrage movement.
Armstrong, Zella, ed. Notable Southern Families, Vol. II. Chattanooga, Tenn.: The Lookout Publishing Co., 1922.
Donelson, Bettie Mizell, Papers, 1787-1938, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. Accessed May 24, 2011. http://www.mtsu.edu/~library/wtn/bio/donelson.html.
Composed of correspondence, scrapbook pages, photographs, and prints, the William A. Donelson Family Papers, 1883-1937, document the lives of the Donelson family in Nashville, Tennessee. Seventeen photographs depict the family, while prints include a picture of Andrew Jackson Donelson and a print of the Donaldson Coat of Arms. Correspondence to Bettie Donelson and her son William from his children discusses their activities at school and while awaiting the Jackson Day event in Nashville. Scrapbook pages include newspaper clippings and notes about Bettie and her husband William’s involvement in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the school activities of Bettie’s granddaughter Louise. Additionally, the collection contains the calling card for W. A. Donelson and an 1889 note from First Lady Sarah Childress Polk with Bettie’s annotations. Printed material, including invitations, a greeting card, program, and leaflets, pertaining to Tennessee, are also included.
This collection is open for research use.
William A. Donelson Family Papers, 1883-1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection is also available on microfilm reel 827.20 in the Winkler Microfilm Room.