The Penelope Johnson Allen Brainerd Mission Correspondence and Photographs digital collection features orignal correspondence and receipts created by the United States Department of War, Indian Agent Return J. Meigs, and Brainerd Mission superintendents and founders Gideon Blackburn, Cyrus Kingsbury, and Ard Hoyt. The collection also includes photographs of portraits of the Brainerd missionaries, Daughters of the American Revolution dedication events at Brainerd Mission Cemetery, and copies of etchings of Brainerd Mission.
Inspired by the history of John Ross, the Cherokee Nation, and the Trail of Tears, Chattanooga native Penelope Johnson Allen devoted much of her free time to learning more about the history of the Cherokee Indians, including Brainerd Mission, a Christian mission to the Cherokee located in Chattanooga, Tennessee that was created by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1817. Allen collected books and original documents created by the United States Department of War Indian Agent, Return J. Meigs, as well as missionaries to the Cherokee, Gideon Blackburn, Cyrus Kingsbury, and Ard Hoyt who were responsible for the creation and development of Brainerd Mission.
In addition to the correspondence and photographs featured in this digital collection, the Penelope Johnson Allen Research Notes and Correspondence manuscript collection documents the preservation and memorialization of the Brainerd Mission Cemetery through the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution.