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Pace Family Collection

Identifier: 2017.001

Scope and Contents

Consisting of approximately 100 photocpied items, this collection illustrates the day-to-day transactions occurring from mid-to-late nineteenth century into the twentieth century. Account ledgers, promissory notes, receipts, and deeds comprise the bulk of this collection. Highlights of this collection include a 1924 state hunting license, a tintype portrait, and a photograph postcard from Violet Studio in Nashville. In addition to these paper materials, the Pace Family Collection features a thread winder dating to the 1850s. This family heirloom once belonged to Robert H. Pace's grandmother, Mary Hunter Pace.


  • 1803 - 2017

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In 2017, Robert H. Pace donated this collection of family documents. The Pace Family has deep roots in the Guthrie, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee area. Hardy C. Pace (commonly referred to as H.C. Pace) and his wife Fredonia A. Pace were active members in the farming community. Documents show both husband and wife engaging in business transactions. After H.C. Pace died without a will on January 23, 1865, Fredonia successfully petitioned the Montgomery County Court to serve as administrator of her husband's estate. Property tax receipts document Fredonia's continuing role as administrator of the estate. The family's ties to agriculture extended into the twentieth century. In 1938, ten-year-old Robert H. Pace started a cow-and-calf program on his father W.N. Pace's farm. The project, originally created for the local 4-H Club, continued to thrive. A 1950 article, entitled "Robert Pace Project Proves Cow-Calf Program Will Work", is part of this collection and shows Robert H. Pace, then twenty-two years old, standing next to his herd of cattle.


3.92 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Pace Family Collection was donated by Mr. Robert H. Pace. The collection consists of approximately photocopies of 100 items arranged into 1 box. One object, a pair of carding paddles, is housed in an archival box. An oversized thread winder is stored seperately in the Archives. The original items were copied then returned to the donor.


The Pace Family Collection has been arranged based on type of document and then placed into chronological order within that category. In some cases where chronology takes precedence, a few items have not been grouped with others in their material type series.

Physical Location

All original documents were returned to donor, Robert H. Pace.

Processing Information

Original documents were loaned by the donor for photocopying by the Montgomery County Archives. The original documents were processed and placed in acid-free folders inside an archival box and returned to the donor. The arrangement of the photocopied materials was imposed by the archivist during processing in the absence of a usable original order. Original objects retained by the Archives were placed in acid-free archival boxes when small enough. Oversized objects were placed on the shelf.

The Pace Family Collection
Jenna Stout
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-03-01: Revised to more clearly reflect that the majority of materials in collection are photocopies.

Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States