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Batterson Family Collection

Identifier: 2019.055

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of correspondence in the form of letters and cards, specifically Christmas cards and newsletters. These documents cover the lives of Tia Batterson’s extended family as their children and grandchildren grew up, they moved, and changed careers. The photographs included in the collection depict these family members as well as a handful of unidentified individuals from their travels and daily lives.


  • Majority of material found within 1890 - 2015


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, now 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

Martiea "Tia" Joan Batterson was born on October 29, 1931 in Rochester, New York to Merton J. Drum and Martha G. Barr Drum. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Library Science and used this educational background as the foundation for her future career and volunteer work. Tia married Donald Edwin Batterson and the couple opened the Batterson Moving and Storage Company in Rochester, New York before moving to the South. The couple had three daughters - Susan Kyhos (Brian), Beverly Hettig and Joanne Boyd. Tia also had a step son, David Batterson, and step daughter, Cheryl Hetrick. Tia was a pillar of the community in Erin and Clarksville, Tennessee. She volunteered with churches and libraries throughout her retirement while enjoying time with her 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Tia passed away on November 8, 2019 in Clarksville. This collection serves as a memorial for Tia's impressive life as well as the lives of her family members.


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Language of Materials



The arrangement of this collection mimics that of the original order. The collection was received in a series of boxes filled with envelopes. The documents found within the envelopes were taken out and organized by family member, such as the envelopes were. Documents that were not directly related to a family member were placed with like documents. The photographs were kept in their original order with the exception of duplicates which were placed together.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the Archives by Martiea "Tia" Joan Batterson who compiled documents and photographs to commemorate both her life and the lives of her family members.

Custodial History

After Tia Batterson passed, individuals from the local historical society helped to organize her belongings. They selected the items found within this collection to be donated to the Archives following Tia's desire to support the office.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Martiea "Tia" Joan Batterson, 2019.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the Montgomery County Archives Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

This collection was brought to the Archives in a series of boxes which contained envelopes labeled with family names – primarily first names. Inside the envelopes were an assortment of documents, photographs, and artifacts. The envelopes materials were taken out of were noted and the materials were reorganized. The organization of this collection is such that correspondence to individuals is together and, when recipients were not noted, like documents were placed with like documents. For the photographs, they were kept in the original order as found in the envelopes, with the exception of duplicates. Original envelopes were noted for the duplicates, then they were placed together under the same number. After noting which envelopes originally contained which documents and photographs, they were discarded as they were in poor condition and offered no additional information.

Batterson Family Collection
Bailey Darnell
November 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States