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Cary G. Branch Papers

Identifier: MS-2294

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This collection consists of a variety of documents: travel journals, undated photographs, letters, and a notebook of collected writings. The Cary G. Branch Papers, 1948-1992, mostly dates to the 1960s and 1970s. The letters and much of the content from Branch's journals are from these decades.

Series I - Journals, 1956-1992, include two travel journals and a journal on the maintenance and garden additions that Branch made at his home. One journal has accounts of Branch's trips to Nashville, Tenn., and Knoxville, Tenn., to visit family. It also includes a newspaper clipping of his sister's account of her vacation in California. There are detailed expense reports and day trips. Most of the trips are to other areas in Southwest America, especially California.

Series II - Black and white photographs - holds 10 pictures of various people and places. None of these are written on, and the information about when and where the photos were taken is lost.

Series III - Other items belonging to Cary G. Branch, 1948-1981, includes a series of letters from 1962-1963 to J. Thornton & Son and the Society for Hellenic Studies, regarding catalogue items on Roman Antiquities and the Journal of Hellenic Studies. There is also a notebook, compiled by Branch, which contains several limericks, poems, magazine and newspaper clippings, and epitaphs. Most of these are not dated. However, some of the clippings have dates, and there is a post-marked envelope containing clippings dated to 1948.

Cary G. Branch's copy of "The Branch, Harris, Jarvis, and Chinn Book: A Family Outline," compiled by Benjamin H. Branch, Jr., is located in the Special Collections Library's Rare Books unit (call number CS71 .B817 1964).


  • 1948-1992

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.4 Linear Feet


The Cary G. Branch Papers, 1948-1992, consists of three series and a variety of documents: travel journals, undated photographs, letters, and a notebook of collected writings and clippings. Included in the journals is an account of Branch's trip to Nashville and Knoxville.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cary Glover Branch, Jr. (1908-1995), criminal defense attorney, was born to Cary G. Branch, Sr., and Estelle Adams in Lexington, Missouri. He married Annie Chapman on August 2, 1937. Later, Branch married Eva Mae Trail. They had no children. He lived most of his life in Los Angeles, California.


Collection consists of four folders divided into three series; Series I: Journals, Series II: Black and White Photographs, and Series III: Other Items Belonging to Cary G. Branch.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA