Special CollectionsBetsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives
Last updated 10/15/2021
The Special Topics Teaching Collections are for digital Special Collections instruction ONLY. While Special Collections may house the physical materials in the Digital Teaching Collections below, some of the materials have been aggregated from repositories across Tennessee. If you would like to schedule an in-person class around any of the following topics or materials, you may request instruction based off the instructions provided by Special Collections.
The Food and Nutrition Digital Teaching Collection provides a selection of online Special Collections materials for students to research archival materials remotely. All items in this digital teaching collection were selected from the Tennessee Farm News, Tennessee Farm and Home Science, University of Tennessee Extension Special Circulars, Virginia P. Moore, and the Volunteer Voices Digital Collections.
Topics and Themes – Canning, women’s canning clubs, home demonstrations, recipes, agriculture, food production, wartime rations.
Tennessee Farm News is a series of weekly news releases published by the University of Tennessee Extension Service between 1918 through 1989. Announcements cover historical crop yields, market prices, farm facts, home economics, and 4-H club updates.
Tennessee Farm and Home Science is a quarterly progress report released by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station from 1952-1994. It primarily focuses on agricultural research conducted at Experiment Stations across the state.
Published by the University of Tennessee Extension Service, this collection contains a selection of circulars from 1925-1968. Topics include building plans, home gardening and horticultural advice, rural engineering information, clothing and home management, animal husbandry, and farm management.
Virginia Pearl Moore was the first home demonstration agent in Tennessee. Her home demonstration work expanded to incorporate all aspects of domestic life, including cooking, canning, sewing, cleaning, and managing home finances.
Volunteer Voices provides access to digitized primary sources, such as photographs, letters, diaries, oral histories, and other artifacts, documenting the history and culture of Tennessee. The collection includes materials from archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums from across the state.
The Pandemics, Epidemics, and Disease Digital Teaching Collection provides a selection of online Special Collections materials for students to research archival materials remotely. All items in this digital teaching collection were selected from the Children’s Defense Fund, Tennessee Documentary History, Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project, and the Volunteer Voices Digital Collections.
Topics and Themes – Influenza, Yellow Fever, Smallpox, and AIDS
Collection of reports and videos published by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) on child welfare. CDF advocates for policies that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse; and ensure their access to health care, education, and a spiritual foundation.
This collection covers the history 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.
The Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project (TNDP) is a partnership between the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The project provides access to a selection of Tennessee’s historical newspapers. Search keywords in the search box to search the text of newspapers and identify relevant articles, while using filters to limit date or location for specific results. Link to the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project sources is here.
Volunteer Voices provides access to digitized primary sources documenting the history and culture of Tennessee. Significant events, like the Trail of Tears, World War I, and the Civil Rights Movement, are presented in this collection from the perspective of Tennesseans.
The Social Movement Digital Teaching Collection provides a selection of online Special Collections materials for students to research archival materials remotely. All items in this digital teaching collection were selected from the C. E. Brehm, University of Tennessee Office of the President Records, 1948-1959, Charles W. Dabney, The Emancipator, Volunteer Voices, and the Voices Out Loud Oral Histories Digital Collections.
Topics and Themes – Civil Rights, Segregation and Desegregation, and Strikes and Labor Movements, Women’s Suffrage, LGBTQ History in East Tennessee
Selected material from the C.E. Brehm (1889-1971) President of the University of Tennessee Papers from 1946 to 1959. Among the subjects represented in his collection are athletics, student organizations, university property acquisitions, and desegregation.
This collection covers some of Dabney’s achievements as university president (1887-1904) including admitting the university’s full time first female students, beginning the Summer School of the South, and doubling the size of the faculty.
This collection is a 1932 facsimile of the original publication created in Jonesborough, Tennessee by Elihu Embree in 1820. The Emancipator was the first newsletter in the U.S. solely devoted to the abolition of slavery.
This collection provides access to digitized primary sources documenting the history and culture of Tennessee. Significant events, like the Trail of Tears, World War I, and the Civil Rights Movement, are presented in this collection from the perspective of Tennesseans.
The Voices Out Loud Project collects, preserves, and shares East Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ history and culture. This collection of oral history interviews offers first-hand accounts of LGBTQ+ people who live or have lived in East Tennessee.
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