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W. G. McAdoo Diaries

Identifier: MS-0241

These four microfilm reels house copies of W. G. McAdoo's diaries dating from 1846 to 1894.


  • 1846-1894

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


0.36 Linear Feet


These four microfilm reels house copies of W. G. McAdoo's diaries dating from 1846 to 1894.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Gibbs McAdoo was born to John and Mary Ann (Gibbs) McAdoo on April 4, 1820. He graduated from East Tennessee University in 1845 and served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1845 to 1847. During the Mexican War, he served as a Lieutenant and as a Captain in the U.S. Army. When the war ended, McAdoo studied law and opened his own practice in Knoxville. He moved to Georgia during the Civil War and fought with the Confederate Army from 1863 to 1865. McAdoo returned to his legal career after the war ended, this time practicing in Midgeville, Georgia. He began teaching at the University of Tennessee in 1877 and later wrote Elementary Geology of Tennessee. W. G. McAdoo died in Knoxville on August 24, 1894.

McAdoo married twice: once to Anna Cleopatra Horsley on June 22, 1848 and once to Mary Faith Floyd in 1857. He had two children (Catherine M. and Emma) by his first wife and eight children (John Floyd, William Gibbs Jr., Malcolm Ross, Carolina Blackshear, Rosalee, Floyd, Nana Howard, and Laura Sterett) by his second. His namesake went on to serve as a U.S. Senator from California between 1933 and 1937.


This collection consists of four reels of microfilm.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these microfilm reels from the Library of Congress in 1961.

Existence and Location of Originals

These four microfilm reels were copied from reels 3, 4, and 5 of the Library of Congress' Floyd-McAdoo Families Papers, 1806-1894 (MSS82277). The original papers remain in private hands.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

  1. MS.0093: W. G. McAdoo Diary, 1846 October 18-1847 May 11
  2. MS.1122: W. G. McAdoo Diary Extracts, 1846-1894
  3. MS.1415: William Gibbs McAdoo Letter to Ben W. Austin, 1892 July 29
  4. MS.1930: W. G. McAdoo Bill of Complaint, 1854
  5. MS.2232: W. G. McAdoo Letter, 1860

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