|Volume 57 Number 4
Special Collections of Academic Institutions in Tennessee
Marie Jones, TL Editor
Editor’s Note: All quotations come from collection websites unless otherwise noted. This list may not be comprehensive. Not all special collections/archives are affiliated with the libraries on these campuses. If you have a collection you wish to have added to this page, email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will update with addenda, but only through the middle of 2008. Consider this a static list after July 2008 (note that most of our webliographies are static at publication release). -MFJ
- Aquinas College, Nashville TN
- Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN
- Material about Tennessee and the surrounding area
- Faculty Publications
- Dorothy Dix collection including her works and newspaper clippings.
- “As the forerunner of today's popular advice columnists, Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (1861-1951), writing under the pen name ‘Dorothy Dix,’ was America's highest paid and most widely read female journalist at the time of her death. Her advice on love and marriage was syndicated in newspapers around the world. One of her most famous columns was her Dictates for a Happy Life. With an estimated audience of 60 million readers, she became a popular and recognized figure on her travels abroad.”
- Dr. Joseph Milton Henry Papers contains information about the Land Between the Lakes
- Hillman Papers, which have primary source material relating to the Hillman Land and Iron Company.
- Robert Penn Warren Collection, collection recently highlighted on APSU’s library homepage. Warren was renowned southern poet, novelist, and literary critic. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry (Promises: Poems 1954-1956, 1958; Now & Then, 1979) and author of All the King’s Men (1946).
- APSU also offers an extensive digital library collection including:
- Belmont University Nashville TN
- Christian Brothers University, Memphis TN Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Archives
- CBU history
- The Edward F. Barry Collection
- “Edward F. Barry was an outstanding civic leader, philanthropist, an avid sportsman and noted humanitarian. His personal archives of records show him to be the most outstanding Public Servant the City of Memphis has produced in the 20th Century.”
- The Reverend John Joseph Higgins Collection
- “Father Higgins was one of those extraordinary people who heard an inner voice calling him, and who chose to answer by leaving his family and his homeland to help others….His mission…was the Republic of Bolivia in South America, once part of the Inca Empire.”
- The Leslie H. Kuehner Napoleon Collection
- Collection Catalog
- “Kuehner believed [this collection] may well have comprised the most complete private collection of its kind in the world….When the present collection arrived at Christian Brothers University it was a rich trove of approximately 1300 books and other Napoleonic memorabilia. While the collection is composed of books in twelve languages (English, Russian, Arabic, Flemish, Swedish, Japanese, Norwegian, German, Italian, French, Greek, Polish and Braille), only a handful of books are written entirely in French, Napoleon's native language. The real strength of this collection is its English materials which expose the British reaction to this French phenomena through books written during Victorian and Edwardian years about Napoleon and his campaigns. To put it in psychological terms, the British seem to have had a classic love-hate relationship for Napoleon which is captured in these materials. The British, especially after his death, loved Napoleon because he embodied the romantic ideal of the hero who brought down the ancient system of hereditary kings and princes. The British hated him, especially during his life, because he threatened their status quo, costing them the blood of their loved ones in the European theater, and set loose on their shores invasion hysteria.”
- The De La Salle Christian Brothers Midwest Province Archival Record & Museum Collections
- “All accounts of functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations and other activities which provide information about the Brothers of the former St. Louis District, the Central - Chicago District, the Winona - St. Paul and Minneapolis Districts and the Midwest District, shall be deposited in the Archives permanently. The archives shall serve as a source of valuable information and serious research, not a warehouse for storage. The contents are not limited to the official papers of past administrative officers but will encompass anything and everything which helps to preserve the sense of history, the spirit and the charism of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in the District and worldwide.”
- Faculty-Staff Publications and Artistic Achievements
- Cleveland State Community College Cleveland TN
- Columbia State Community College Columbia, TN
- College archives in library
- Cumberland University Lebanon TN
- University Archives
- “The Stockton Archives of Cumberland University, located in Vise University Library, is a closed-stack resource.”
- Dyersburg State Community College Dyersburg TN
- Special Collections consisting of “gifts to DSCC [that] have special historical significance.”
- East Tennessee State University Johnson City TN
- “The Archives of Appalachia is a keeper of memories—the written words, images and sounds that document life in Appalachia. Our collections span from the 1700s to the present and offer insights into the past from the perspectives of people from all walks of life.” The website includes extensive finding aids and indexes.
- “Special Collections is a permanent collection of books and other printed materials that support research on southern Appalachia. It includes contemporary and out-of-print titles, with special emphasis on regional history, social reform, economic development, folklore, and culture. Also included are titles on the environment, politics, religion, and literature. Personal libraries of such individuals as former Congressman B. Carroll Reece, Appalachian linguist Joseph Sargent Hall, and educator David Mielke are also housed in Special Collections.”
- “The University Archives preserves and shares the history of East Tennessee State University from its inception in 1911 as East Tennessee State Normal School. The University Archives contains official records and publications of the University, papers of individuals relating to University history, photographs, oral history recordings, and audio and video recordings of special campus events.”
- Digital Collections
- Freed-Hardeman University Henderson TN
- University Archives and Special Collections housed in library
- “Restoration and Rare Collections…contain letters, notes, and materials pertaining to church and restoration history.” (Source: Graduate Catalog, 2007-2008)
- Jackson State Community College Jackson TN
- College historical materials
- Tennessee historical materials
- King College Bristol TN
- “The E.W. King Library maintains an archive of materials related to the history of the college.”
- Lambuth University Jackson TN
- Memphis Conference Archives
- Lambuth University Archives (including “records and documents from the Memphis Conference Female Institute”)
- Rare books
- Lane College Jackson TN
- Negro Heritage Collection
- Lane College Archival Collection
- Haitian Art Collection
- Lee University Cleveland TN
- Dixon Pentecostal Research Center “collects, preserves and makes available for research Church of God, Pentecostal and Charismatic documents, records and other media. As the official archives of the Church of God we advance the knowledge and use of the movement's history and heritage through research, teaching, publications, and exhibitions.”
- Digital collections
- Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate TN
- Lipscomb University Nashville TN
- Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro TN
- Early Tennessee Imprints “collection consists of books and other print materials produced in Tennessee between the years 1791 and 1866 (that is, between the year the first printing press operated at Rogersville and the first year after the Civil War).”
- Dimensional and Artist's Books “an eclectic collection that explores the nature and boundaries of the book form. The collection encompasses examples of fine letterpress printing as well as artists' books that alter, question, or play with the conventional experience of reading or otherwise using the book. Additionally, the collection includes miniature books as well as pop-up and movable books. We have especially strong holdings in works by Julian Wehr (1898-1970), the American master of animated children's books.”
- Robert Allen Ragland Sr. Memorial Civil War collection “includes nineteenth and twentieth-century books and other materials that cover various aspects of the Civil War. The collection has numerous materials that focus on the war in Tennessee and on the Battle of Stones River.”
- University Collection “MTSU theses, yearbooks, institutional publications, and similar items.”
- Special Collections Reference Area “includes works on book collecting and the rare book market, various bibliographies and checklists, technical and historical works on printing and bookbinding, historical works on bookselling and publishing, and studies centered on the history of print culture.”
- Digital Collections
- Milligan College Milligan College TN
- Rhodes College Memphis TN
- Rhodes Archives "documents the rich history of Rhodes College by collecting and preserving official College records, publications (annuals, catalogues, college newspapers, handbooks, and more), presidential correspondence, clippings, minutes, faculty and alumni publications, maps, photographs, memorabilia audio and video tapes."
- Walter P. Armstrong, Jr. Rare Book Collection "includes the special items of value added to the library through the years and the collection of first editions of English and American authors, many of them autographed, donated by Mr. Walter P. Armstrong, Jr., a prominent Memphis lawyer."
- Richard Halliburton collection "consists of manuscripts and artifacts relating to the life of this noted travel adventure writer.
- Crossroads to Freedom Volunteer Voices digital archive on the civil rights movement in Memphis.
- Southern Adventist University Collegedale TN
- Thomas Memorial Collection "is a special library within McKee Library that contains material related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War."
- Tennessee State University Nashville TN
- Archives "includes African American books, digital resources, bibliography of the Afro-American Culture & History Conference, official publications, student publications, brochures, minutes, photographs, and other materials relating to the University."
- Digital Collections
- Tennessee Technological University Cookeville TN
- Regional History "Included are rare books, maps, manuscripts, periodicals, subject files of Tennessee and regional materials."
- Archives "collects materials of legal, fiscal, and historical significance to the University and the surrounding region."
- Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens TN
- Trevecca Nazarene College Nashville TN
- "The Waggoner Library Archives houses a selection of historical documents and special collections relating to Trevecca and the Church of the Nazarene. Materials include print publications as well as pictures and personal documents of past presidents."
- Tusculum College Greeneville TN
- Special Collections contains titles published before 1900 and the recently acquired Walter T. Durham collection.
- Union University Jackson TN
- University of Memphis Memphis TN
- Special Collections /Mississippi Valley Collections include books "on all aspects of regional history, natural history, and culture, as well as rare books on other subjects;" theses and dissertations completed at the University; maps that are "mostly originals and mostly concentrated on the lower Mississippi Valley region;" an oral history collection of "over 3000 interviews on many topics of local and regional interest;" photographs and postcards; Memphis Press-Scimitar morgue files; and "over 500 separately named collections of manuscript materials."
- Digital Collections
- University of Tennessee - Chattanooga TN
- Special Collections includes "historical items and collections, particularly those that relate to the University, Chattanooga, the state of Tennessee, and the South."
- "The Manuscripts, Personal Papers and Local History Collections focus on regional events, topics, places and people, particularly the Civil War, the Cherokees, UTC, and Chattanooga."
- "The Rare Book Collection in Lupton Library includes over 5000 books, including many books dating back several centuries. Books known to be valuable and rare are also housed in the Rare Book Collection."
- "The University Archives include documents and records of Chattanooga University (1886-1889), US Grant University (1889-1907), the University of Chattanooga (1907-1969), and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1969- present)...[as well as] some items pertaining to Zion College and the Chattanooga City College. Also available in the University Archives are items such as photographs, school yearbooks, mater's theses and honors papers, bound and microfilmed copies of the school student newspaper, The Echo, and past University course catalogs and bulletins."
- Digital Collections
- University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN
- Health Sciences Historical Collections "makes available for research materials that are of historical significance to the health sciences and their practitioners, especially in Tennessee. Collections include books, manuscripts, publications, artifacts, photographs, and biographical information."
- University of Tennessee - Knoxville TN
- Special Collections Library: "Our current collection strengths include materials related to Tennessee in the American Civil War; Tennessee politics and politicians in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; Religion in Tennessee between roughly 1800 and 1950; Native American tribes in the Southeast; 19th and 20th century Tennessee authors; Knoxville’s growth during the 20th century; Oak Ridge and the TVA; The Smoky Mountains."
- Digital Collections
- Albert "Dutch" Roth Collection "This online archive presents the work of one of the most important photographers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some 1200 digital images depict pioneer life in the Greenbrier and Mt. Le Conte Sections, and document the early stages of the park’s creation."
- Early Images of Egypt "A web presentation of early 20th century photographs related to ancient and modern Egypt. Researchers in this field can now search and retrieve images from a collection of fragile prints housed in the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee."
- Electronic Theses and Dissertations
of UT students since 1999.
- From Pi Beta Phi to Arrowmont - Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project "A fully-searchable digital collection of letters, diaries, photographs, and short printed items that document the history of the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts."
- Journal of Economic Issues "Digitized back issues of a scholarly quarterly published by the Association for Evolutionary Economics. This pilot project seeks to improve access to scholarly information while assisting faculty in disseminating their work."
- Southeastern Native American Documents "Some 2,000 letters, diaries, military orders, maps, legal documents, and other items, relating to the Native American population of the Southeastern United States from the period 1730 – 1842."
- Tennessee Documentary History, 1796 - 1850 " View the story of Tennessee from statehood to the pre-Civil War period through the letters and documents of such individuals as Andrew Jackson, William Blount, Andrew Johnson, John Sevier, and many more."
- University of Tennessee Herbarium "The Online Vascular Plant Herbarium provides a collection of Tennessee native plants that can be searched and browsed by family, genus, common name as well as location. Distribution maps and color photographs provide a greater understanding of the growth patterns of native species."
- University of Tennessee Special Collections Online " Descriptions of many of the manuscript and university archives collections housed in Special Collections are online. These finding aids contain information on a collection's content and creator, as well as a list of the materials in the collection. Some individual items from Special Collections' manuscript collections have been digitized and are also online. Links to these items may be found in the finding aids."
- William Cox Cochran Photograph Collection "William Cox Cochran captured these 89 images of East Tennessee during August 12 thru 30, 1886. The photographs are of East Tennessee people and landmarks, mostly located in what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
- WPA Photographs of TVA Archaeological Projects "The WPA collection presents an online selection from some 15000 archaeological photographs that document prehistoric sites along the Tennessee River Valley, prior to the flooding of the basin by the TVA dam construction."
- University of Tennessee - Martin Martin TN
- Archives containing "twentieth century university documents and artifacts produced by either the University of Tennessee at Martin or its predecessors, the Hall-Moody Institute, Hall-Moody Normal School, and Hall-Moody Junior College. The collection contains documents published by the university or materials produced by university administrators, faculty, staff, students or alumni. The collection includes theses, administrative reports, department and committee records, student publications, photographs, printed records, and the correspondence of former Chancellors, Deans, etc."
- State and Regional History Collection contains "published and printed materials emphasizing information about, or relating to the State of Tennessee, primarily the northwestern counties of Weakley, Obion, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Henry, Carroll and Benton. Included in the collection are publications on explorers, earlier travelers, and Native American peoples who voyaged or presided in the region prior to colonization."
- Genealogy Collection contains "materials which primarily focus upon American, European, and African genealogies as they relate to northwest Tennessee. Microfilm census material from the federal, state and county government agencies are also available in the collection."
- University of the South Sewanee TN
- The University Archives serves as the official repository of all University records and houses materials relating to the history of the University of the South and the families of those connected with it, the Episcopal Church, and the Sewanee community. There are over 5,000 linear feet of materials housed in the archives collections in a number of formats, including papers, publications, photographs, maps, museum items, films, and other non-print materials.
- The Rare Books Room houses a collection of over 12,000 books and pamphlets, some of which are rare and valuable, and some of which are merely scarce or unusual. Discrete collections such as the Allen Tate Library, George Rainsford Fairbanks Historical Collection, and Ward Ritchie Press Collection have been formed within the rare books collection to emphasize provenance or subject. Subject strengths include Southern history, early religion, architecture, English literature, and Southern literature. The Sewaneeana collection includes publications by or about Sewanee people or about the history of the area, and publications involving research material from the archives.
- Digital Collections
- Vanderbilt University Nashville TN
- University Archives
- Digital Collections: Virtual Reading Room
- " The Sevier Collection is a general collection of rare books gathered over the history of the Vanderbilt University Library. It includes acquisitions by gift of early university faculty; selected signed and association copies; rare books in divinity, history of religion, and Methodism; books about books, fine binding, paper-making, and printing; faculty monographs; books by and about members of the Vanderbilt Family; significant Mark Twain editions; a collection of 18th and 19th-century accounts by travelers to Latin America; Mesoamerican codices; and a subject collection in demonology and witchcraft. Publication dates range from the incunabula period to the present, the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries."
- Jesse Ely Wills Collection "gathers together the published works of the twentieth century writers of the Fugitive Group, centered at Vanderbilt, and the later group of Agrarian essayists who published I'll Take My Stand in 1930. The collection now numbers over 1,300 volumes and includes all monographs of the twenty-four figures, secondary scholarly material, and writings of their disciples and associates."
- Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection "consists of published materials on the social, intellectual, and educational history of the South since the Civil War. Also contained in the collection are first editions of Southern literary works by authors not closely associated with the Fugitives, including those of George Washington Cable, Thomas Dixon, Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Spencer, Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy, and others. An important component is a collection of pamphlets covering such topics as civil rights, tenant farming, labor, women's history, industry, social reform, public health, and education."
- " The Vanderbilt Collection consists of works published under the auspices of Vanderbilt University. It contains historic and current serial publications of the university including a complete set of books published by Vanderbilt University Press; bulletins of the university from 1875 to the present; student yearbooks, the Comet and the Commodore, 1897 to the present; theses and dissertations accepted by the university; and the student newspaper, The Hustler."
The Fugitive/Agrarian Manuscript Collection consists of the papers of several members of both of these important literary groups, including John Crowe Ransom, Donald Davidson, Jesse Ely Wills, Andrew Nelson Lytle, Frank Lawrence Owsley, Herman Clarence Nixon, James M. Frank, and Walter Clyde Curry. Also included is a general collection of Fugitive and Agrarian materials, in which all the members of both groups are well-represented. Efforts to gather documentation of the groups' activities and interaction have led to the acquisition of many of their distinguished associates' papers, including those of Peter Taylor, Edwin Mims, Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney, Richmond Croom Beatty, Richard Weaver, George Marion O'Donnell, and David McDowell, among others."
- Performing Arts Collections: "
The focus on the Performing Arts began with the acquisition of the collection of Francis Robinson, Vanderbilt alumnus and former assistant manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Also included in Performing Arts are the papers of Oscar-winning director Delbert Mann; John Lark Taylor, a turn of the century actor with the Sothern and Marlowe Shakespearean Troupe; Louis Nicholas, music critic for the Nashville Banner; Francis Craig, bandleader and composer of the classic "Near You"; musician Isabel Howell; and George W. Boswell's collection of Middle Tennessee folk songs."
- Other Collections: "Other noteworthy collections include historian Stanley Horn's collection of Andrew Jackson letters; the political cartoons of Tom Little and Charles Bissell; the World War II correspondence from the European and Pacific theaters of Joe and John Thompson; and the papers of early astronomer E. E. Barnard, famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, poet and literary critic Donald Davie, and William H. and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, among others. Special Collections also houses the papers of faculty members dating from the beginning of the university, and the Robert A. McGaw Collection of early Tennessee maps."