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Knoxville and East Tennessee History Teaching Collection

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DIGITAL:  Charlie Daniel Editorial Cartoons, 1951-2012 (MS.3526)

Biographical Note – After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Charlie Daniel accepted a position at the Knoxville Journal, where he was the editorial cartoonist until the paper ended daily publication. In 1992, he moved to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and continued to produce entertaining and thoughtful cartoons.  His cartoons have been exhibited in different museums and universities across Tennessee, and his work has been collected by presidents and politicians. Four collections of his cartoons have been published as books.

Scope and Content-   The cartoons in this digital collection cover issues of international and national interest as well as events and topics closer to home.  Local affairs include both Knoxville city and Knox county politics, the World’s Fair, Dogwood Arts, the United Way campaigns, and more.  If you put “Knoxville,” “TVA,” or “Tennessee,” into the search box, you will bring up a list of thumbnails and subject terms that can help form more focused searches.  Clicking on a topic link at the bottom provides thumbnails, but no subject terms.

Topics and Themes –  road construction, educational funding, political campaigns, income tax debate, governors and mayors and other politicians, pollution, tourism, the lottery, TennCare, voter apathy, corruption, gambling, alcohol in the city, annexation, and dozens of others.

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DIGITAL: Blount County Architecture Inventory, 1983

Biographical Note – These buildings, in various parts of Blount County, Tennessee, were built between 1800 and 1930.   The entire collection, with thousands of photographs, is housed in the Blount County Library.

Scope and Content-  The digitized part of this collection includes 94 photographs of buildings, including schools, homes, and stores.  Some photographs have notes about their architectural or historical significance.

Topics and Themes –  Maryville, architecture, transportation, hospitals, churches, Maryville College

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DIGITAL:  Southeastern Native American Documents

This is a very extensive collection, with a variety of formats and topics, and includes searching and browsing functions.  From a consortium, so some documents are from UTK, but not all of them.

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Turnley Collection, 1763-1920 (MS.2023)

Biographical Note- George and Charlotte Turnley moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee in the 1780s. Their oldest son, John Cunnyngham Turnley, went on to contribute a great deal to early East Tennessee history. The family continued to live in East Tennessee for several generations.

Scope and Content –  The Turnley Collection documents early East Tennessee history, the daily and business lives of early Tennessee settlers, Turnley family history, and George Turnley’s estate.

Topics and Themes –  Business and finance, slavery, Confederate States of America, land indentures and surveys, account books, wills and estate settlements, inventories, contracts, receipts, loans, a teacher’s license, two treatises (one on the Bible, one on Puritans vs Cavaliers [ie. North vs South]), stocks, correspondence, a contract to rent out a slave, and more.

Additional Material – The Turnley family history was featured in an article in The Library Development Review 1997-98

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Laura Norvall Elliot Diary, 1917-1919 (MS.2771)

Biographical Note – Laura Norvall Elliot of Nashville, Tenn., worked in the publishing business and eventually became affiliated with the Southern Woman’s Magazine. She was the daughter of Frank Porterfield Elliot and Moselle Norvell. Her maternal great-great-grandfather was Governor John Sevier.

Scope and Content –  This collection consists of the diary, dated 1917-1919, of a young woman from Nashville, Tenn. In her diary, which begins on the day that war was declared on Germany in 1917, she details her experience in the publishing business and her thoughts on the war.

Topics and Themes –  Young woman in business, the life of a writer, financial disaster for magazine, business trips to big cities, the first Daylight Savings Day, the beginning of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores, and a building fire.  She reflects on the war, usually with patriotism, occasionally about shortages, Germans, and pacifists.  She attends a séance, gets inoculated with radium, mentions suffrage and President Wilson, and comments on the lives of ‘Negroes’ and ‘nigs.’

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Nolichucky Dam Photo Album, 1913-1915 (MS.2772)

Biographical Note – In 1913, Nolichucky Dam was built on the 46th mile marker of the Nolichucky River over a period of seven months in Greeneville, Tenn. The drainage area covers Greene, Washington, and Unicoi counties in Eastern Tennessee and Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery counties in Western North Carolina. In 1945 TVA bought the dam as a power production facility; however, a large amount of sand and silt had already built up in the Davy Crockett Reservoir and, in 1970, TVA was forced to stop use of the dam as a power facility. Since 1972, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has managed the dam as wildlife refuge and environmental education center.

Scope and Content –  This collection consists of a photo album documenting the construction of the Nolichucky Dam in Greeneville, Tenn., in 1913. The album consists of a series of 125 photographs documenting the dam’s construction over the period of seven months. Each photo is dated; many have captions. The album begins with the flood on the River, March 1, 1913, and ends with a staff picnic on September 9th. All stages of dam construction are presented in the album: coffer dams, foreboys, penstocks, forms, and construction of the power house.

In addition to the documentation of the construction of Nolichucky Dam, the album contains 46 photos documenting the construction of a concrete reservoir, done for the Massachusetts waterworks in 1915.

Topics and Themes –  Greeneville, TVA, construction techniques, clothing styles, compare the dam to the wildlife refuge?

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Technical Society of Knoxville Records, 1921-2011 (MS.3650) (boxes 8 and 9)

Biographical Note – The Technical Society of Knoxville (TSK) membership includes engineers, physicists, chemists, architects and other technology professionals. The society’s mission is to educate and assist its members and the public in areas where technology has or can impact Knoxville and its inhabitants – such as planning, building codes, parking and traffic problems, and other issues.

Scope and Contents :

Subseries H – Audio/Visual Materials, 1984-2004 November 8, undated — This subseries contains photographs documenting TSK’s annual and luncheon meetings, the society’s officers, and the society’s seal. It also includes recorded interviews with society charter members and former presidents (with typed transcriptions), and a recorded luncheon presentation on highway maintenance. There are also name tags that were worn during an annual meeting.

Series II – Society Activities, 1936-2010, undated — Series II is composed of documents and correspondence concerning committee activities, the society’s community involvement and outreach, and programs presented at weekly luncheon meetings.

Topics and Themes :

Box 8 – photos of events and officers, slides, cassettes of charter member interviews and their transcripts, folders for committees that deal with student contests, anti-pollution (in several folders), building codes, entertainment, membership, publication, and a science fair.

Box 9 – their self-study gives a good overview of the society, more anti-pollution, plans to protect school children in an air raid, wastewater treatment, metro planning, public health, more science fair, East Tennessee community design (with VISTA volunteers), traffic problems.

Condition Note: This collection includes transcripts of the interviews, and the bulk of the papers are typed, so handwriting isn’t an issue.

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