The collection consists of research files amassed by Dr. Aaron M. Boom on numerous subjects. Boom was a professor of history at Memphis State University for over three decades. This collection contains research material that Boom accumulated over his tenure at the university and covers numerous research topics including the Tennessee Valley Authority, agriculture, and numerous historical figures. Boom accumulated a large amount of genealogical materials on the families of General John Coffee and Edward Asbury O’Neal, III. The genealogical materials consists of personal correspondence, genealogical charts, photographs, newspaper clippings, and Boom’s notes related to the two families.