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Eads collection

Identifier: RG-0000-0132


  • 1593 - 2006

Biographical / Historical

Ora Wilbert Eads Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 22, 1945. He attained his B.A., M.A. from Appalachian State University and his PHD from the University of Georgia. He was a Booker and Appraiser of Eads Investments Properties Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason. Ora and his wife were members of the Optimist Club International, McWhitersville Lodge #375 in Donelson, Orchid Society of Nashville, Nashville Philatelic Club, the Arts League of Nashville, and Historical Society of Carthage, Tennessee. He was married to Eleanor Eads for 39 years. Ora and Eleanor opened the Eads Muesum in Carthage together. Ora died on January 10, 2018 and was buried at the Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The Eads building is a renovated Tabaco factory and was in operation from -. Each room in the museum was dedicated to a different exhibit such as books, tin pots, Tobacco memorabilia, and rocks. The majority of the collection is made up of documents and letters.


7 Cubic Feet

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Series I: Eads Personal Papers: It has the personal history of the family which includes detailed descriptions of the family graves as well as photos from the renovation of the building. It also contains newspaper articles and documents about museum itself.

Series II: Letters from Around the World: The letters are from all over the world but there is a majority of them from New York, Massachusetts, and England. There is a vast amount of World War I and II letters as well as some from the Cold War from both Russia and the United States. There is also a large amount from the 1800s.

Series III: Legal Documents: There are a range of legal documents such as stocks from Scotland and court summons from the United Kingdom. There were also Wills and Probates from England as well as appointments for judges, lawyers, and clergy positions.

Series IV: Postal History: This series is comprised of mostly information on stamps as well as different types of letters. The more interesting letters were the leather postcards, the caves mail bag, and an Ambrotype

Eads collection
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Rhyannon Karney
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Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Tech University Special Collections Repository

1100 North Peachtree Avenue
PO Box 5066
Cookeville Tennessee 38505 United States