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Black history books

Milliken’s Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory

Milliken’s Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory, from LSU Press

Winner: A.M. Pate Jr. Award; Jules and Frances Landry Award

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Archives and Oral History Publications

Oral History for the Family Historian: A Basic Guide. Carlisle, PA: Oral History Association, 2006.

A Firm Foundation: Archival Research and Interpretation at Historic Sites.” Archival Issues 27, no. 1 (2002) [published Oct. 2003]: 9-21.

Spoils of War: The Fate of European Archives during World War II.” Archival Issues 24, no. 1 (1999) [published Oct. 2000] : 7-20.


Archives and Oral History Presentations

Traces: Making the Invisible Past, Visible,” National Council on Public History annual meeting, Nashville, TN, April 17, 2015.

“Slaves, Contrabands, Soldiers & Freedpeople: Records and Resources from a Historian’s Perspective,” Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society annual meeting, Nashville, TN, Oct. 11, 2013.

“The Veterans History Project at the Nashville Public Library,” panelist, with co-presenters Rachel Mears and Monica Mohindra of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and Nashville veteran James Still, American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, Oct. 25, 2010.

“Oral History for the Family Historian” workshop, Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR, Oct. 25, 2006.

“Veterans History Project,” speaker at National Historian’s Luncheon, National Convention of the American Legion, Nashville, TN, Aug. 28, 2004.

“5 Wars, 60 Volunteers and 2 Librarians: The Veterans History Project and Civil Rights Oral History Project at the Nashville Public Library,” co-presented with Kathy Bennett,  Society of Tennessee Archivists Annual Meeting, November 7, 2002.


History Articles

“James D. Andrews: Nashville’s Air Crusader.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 69, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 40-65.

“’No Federal Prisoners Among Them’: The Execution of Black Union Soldiers at Jackson, Louisiana.” North & South 12, no. 1 (Feb. 2010): 59-62.



Review of Trophies of War and Empire: The Archival Heritage of Ukraine, World War II, and the International Politics of Restitution by Patricia Kennedy Grimsted, upon request for Midwest Archives Conference, Archival Issues 27, no. 2 (2002) [published Apr. 2004]: 161-163. Also includes review of U.S. Restitution of Nazi-Looted Cultural Treasures to the USSR, 1945-1959: Facsimile Documents from the National Archives of the United States, (CD-ROM).

Collection review: “Military History Manuscript Collection.” Kansas History 23, no. 4 (Winter 2000-2001): 266-267.


Programs and Exhibits

Four Stars in the Window, moderator for author talk and presentation. Nashville Public Library, April 12, 2008.

“Ken Burns’ The War,” preview of Burns’ documentary in partnership with Nashville Public Television, and supplemented with original archival content from Nashville Room holdings, with narration. Nashville Public Library, September 15, 2007.

“Tiger Joe: One Man’s Story of World War II in Photographs,” major exhibit based on Nashville Room holdings in conjunction with Tennessee State Museum. Nashville Public Library, May-July 2006.

“Putting Your Ancestors in Context – (Tennessee).” Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, Nashville, TN, July 16, 2005.

“Samuel Churchill’s Medal of Honor,” panel exhibit. Battle of Nashville 140th Anniversary Symposium, Nashville, TN, Dec. 10-11, 2004.

“Putting Your Ancestors in Context – (Kansas).” Sumner County (KS) Historical and Genealogical Society meeting, November 28, 2001 and Kansas State Historical Society Archives Week, October 14, 2001.

“Grandma Married an Alien and Other Untold Stories from the Archives,” (originally developed by Leslie Cade, modified and presented with permission). Midwest Computer Genealogists, Kansas City, MO, April 2001.

“Over There – Over Here: World War I Era Records at the Kansas State Historical Society.” Topeka Genealogical Society meeting, February 2000.


Genealogy Publications

“Nat Read’s Account of Property and Slaves, Rutherford County 1860,” with additional research by Chuck Sherrill, Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 30, no. 1 (Summer 2016): 7-10.

Restoring Slave Families Using USCT Pension Records,” blog, Feb. 27, 2015.

“Students at J.W. Carter’s School, Sumner County, ca. 1850,” Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 24, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 63-64.

“White-Campbell Family Records,” Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 22, no. 1 (Summer 2008): 40.

“Tribute to Brother John R. Turner, 1879,” Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 20, no. 4 (Spring 2007): 155.

“Celebrating the Centennial – 4 July 1876,” NGS Newsmagazine 28, no. 4 (July/August 2002): 214-215.

“Concerning Moore County Murders: Selected Extracts from Governor Benton McMillin’s Papers,” Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 15, no. 3 (Winter 2001-2002): 105-107.

“Some Middle Tennessee Persons Found in Alabama Records,” Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History 15, no. 2 (Fall 2001): 93-94.

We Enlisted as Patriots: The Civil War Records of Battery G, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1998.

“Using Reenactors as Resources,” Heritage Quest Magazine, lead article in Issue #65 (September-October 1996): 9-11.