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Extensive photographic and document archive of the family of William Hunter, C.C. Giers, and Otto Giers. William Hunter's daughter Sarah ("Sallie") married Nashville photographer Otto Giers, son of the Civil War photographer Otto Giers, and gave birth to one child, Hunter William Giers. With a photographer for a father, Hunter Giers was one of the most photographed children of her era. This archive includes over 100 images of Hunter, from infancy through about the time of her marriage to Edward Dickson Hicks IV, more than 50 images of Sallie Hunter Giers (some candid, some taken at photo galleries owned by Giers'); small leather CDV album containing images of 9 family members (C.C. Giers and wife Pauline, Otto and Sallie Giers, William Hunter, and others); several cabinet card, CDV, and early 20th century photographic images of other family members including Katie Burkhardt Giers (sister of Otto). There are a few large scale albumen photos mounted on cardstock – two of William Hunter (16" x 20" and 18" x 15"), one of his first wife Mary Ann Galvin Hunter (27" x 23" ), photo mounted to linen of Otto and Sallie Giers with William Hunter, 22" x 27"; 5" x 7" photographic portrait of C.C. Giers on porcelain, framed in giltwood oval frame 14" x 12", hand colored photographic print of a woman, possibly C.C. Giers' mother, also 5" x 7" in 14" x 12" giltwood frame; other large framed photos of Sallie and Hunter Giers; and a 25" x 19" oil on canvas portrait of Hunter Giers' daughter, Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, circa 1930 (canvas is unstretched with no frame). The archive includes more than 4 dozen letters, many retaining envelopes and postage stamps, including some written by C.C. Giers from New York to family back home – at least one on letterhead of E & H.T. Anthony & Co. Photographers; a typewritten letter signed Otto Giers to the Nashville Mayor and Board of Commissioners, complaining that the Treasurer's office is short staffed (Otto Giers served as Treasurer circa 1916); along with several land deeds and other documents related to Giers property, including the family home at 1619 Eighteenth Ave. S. and property on Rutledge Hill. Other items of interest include William Hunter's Family Bible (published by the American Bible Society, 1855) with limited family record included; Newspaper campaign ad for Otto B. "Dad" Giers for his run for Circuit Court Clerk; a Nov. 3 1874 election ticket (Democratic and Conservative) with James D. Porter for Governor and C.C. Giers for Representative; Invitation to the 1920 wedding of Hunter Giers to Edward Dickson Hicks IV; a photograph of 2 Civil War soldiers (stamped Giers; likely a print from an ambrotype) with one labeled as William Hunter; couple of small notebooks including one, leatherbound, with only a couple of entries, including "Grandpa Burkhardt was in secret service of Confederate army, sent to Altoona Prison"; sketchbook with watercolor of the Giers Gallery backyard; German language textbook dated 1870 with C.C. Giers inscription; and binder of material related to Giers property holdings in Nashville (all 20th century copies of documents and news clippings). Provenance: the estate of Giers descendant Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, formerly of Historic Devon Farm, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Most photographs with expected toning and occasional corner chips. Large photos have more extensive corner chipping. Image of Wm. Hunter, Otto and Sallie Giers has long crack across Sallie and Otto's faces. Painting of Sarah Hunter Hicks Green has about a half dozen small flakes to background and crease affecting neck area. Some scattered losses to antique frames and regilding on antique giltwood frames.