From fiction to fact, from the Civil War to the Secret City, the 2003-2004 Library Development Review has an article for everyone.
The 2002-2003 Library Development Review received a Best in Show Award for fundraising publications from the Southeastern Library Association; the 2003-04 issue features local history, memorabilia and donor biographies.
While most people are unaware of the impact the Civil War had on Tennessee, the University Libraries have obtained several collections of artifacts, letters and photographs from the War Between the States. Many local images, such as the photographs on the front and back covers, are available online through the Library of Congress American Memory online project .
For those interested in a fictionalized tale from the Civil War period, Knoxville native David Madden has donated many of his papers, including an unpublished section of his 1996 novel Sharpshooter, which is centered on the torching of Confederate supporter Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s home by a Union soldier. Regrettably, more than 4,000 volumes of Tennessee history were destroyed in the fire; however, other Ramsey papers are available in Special Collections.
Many important local and university figures are spotlighted in the Review and in University Libraries Special Collections. Dr. Milton Klein, an avid collector of historical items and an inspiration to many Volunteers, gave birth to the collection of UT history and authored Volunteer Moments in 1996. Howard H. Baker, Jr., former Tennessee senator and current ambassador to Japan, recently commissioned a call for political archival materials to be exhibited in the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy.