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Frank M. Hodgson Collection

Identifier: 2004.003

Scope and Contents

The Frank M. Hodgson Collection contains approximately 300 items, consisting of documents related to public education and local history in Montgomery County, Tennessee. It includes nineteenth-century diaries, lists, photographs, reports, genealogical data, pamphlets, histories, and newspaper clippings. Much of the collection contains material on various school histories from the late 19th-mid-20th centuries in Montgomery County. An assortment of documents also trace the life and work of Samuel Leonard (S.L.) Smith, a renowned leader in school plant design and planning with ties to the former Southwestern Presbyterian University campus in Clarksville. Smith's work supervising rural schools and designing community school plans with the Julius Rosenwald Fund eventually led to his appointment as the director of the Julius Rosenwald Fund Southern Office in Nashville. Various books, periodicals, and pamphlets cover historic moments in local history, including the Black Patch War and the Bicentennial Celebration. Newspaper clippings from the "Cumberland Lore" section of "The Leaf Chronicle" span from 1984 to 1993 and include articles on local history topics.


  • 1865 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

While the Montgomery County Archives houses an item, it does not necessarily hold the copyright on the item, nor may it be able to determine if the item is still protected under current copyright law. It is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In 2004, Dr. Frank McGuire Hodgson donated this collection. Hodgson, a Clarksville native, dedicated his career to education and school administration. His research on early public schools in Montgomery County culminated in a doctoral dissertation, "The Growth and Development of the Public School Movement in Montgomery County, Tennessee, 1806-1916", completed in 1984 at Vanderbilt University.


5.96 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in 4 series: Series I: Frank M. Hodgson and Family Materials Series II: Rural School Education Materials Series III: Montgomery County History Materials Series IV: Tennessee History Materials Series V: Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Dr. Frank M. Hodgson, Clarksville, TN, in a number of installments beginning in 2004.

Issues of the "Tennessee Historical Quarterly", spanning from Fall 1975 to Summer 2002, were previously processed and combined into the Tennessee Historical Quarterly Collection.

Processing Information

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. Materials were removed from folders and binders. All paper clips were detached from items before placing in folders and boxes.

Frank M. Hodgson Collection
Jenna Stout
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States