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UTK History Teaching Collections


Physical Materials

Office of the University Historian Collection, 1819-1996 (AR.0015)

This collection houses papers, press clippings, ephemera, photographs, and slides documenting the University of Tennessee System, including campuses at Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Martin, and Chattanooga. Although the earliest images date from the 1820s, the bulk of the material shows the University from the 1870s to early 2000s.

Topics and Themes – Student Life, Campus Buildings, Colleges and Programs, UT History, Athletics, Administration

University of Tennessee Photograph and Slide Collection, circa 1820s-circa 1990 (AR. 0018)

This collection houses photographs and slides documenting the University of Tennessee from its beginnings as Blount College in 1794 through the 1990s.

Topics and Themes – Student Organizations, Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Theater, Faculty and Staff

This archives collection has been partially digitized in the form of the Charles W. Dabney Jr., President of the University of Tennessee papers from 1887 to 1904 and the C. E. Brehm (1889-1971) President of the University of Tennessee papers from 1946 to 1959. Highlighted in these two collections are achievements as university presidents, including making agricultural and mechanical courses mandatory, adding six new four-year courses in science, updating the physics curriculum, admitting the university’s full time first female students, beginning the Summer School of the South, doubling the size of the faculty, and forming both the home economics and law departments. Some of the subjects represented in this collection are athletics, student organizations, university property acquisitions, and desegregation.

John C. Hodges Collection, 1935-1967 (MS.0401)

The John C. Hodges Collection contains manuscripts, notes, proofs, correspondence, photocopies, and other materials documenting several of Hodges’ books. Among these works are the Harbrace College Handbook, the Harbrace College Workbook, the Harbrace Writing CourseWilliam Congreve: A Biography from New SourcesA Life of William Congreve, and William Congreve: The Man.


Digital Materials

UTK Student Life Digital Teaching Collection

Available for instruction is also a UTK Student Life Digital Teaching Collection that can be found here ( The following Digital Collections are additional digitized Special Collections materials that may be relevant or useful to topic of UTK History and University Archives and Student Life at the University of Tennessee.

TRACE (UT’s Online Institutional Repository)

TRACE collects all intellectual works produced by the University of Tennessee community to make the content easily accessible to researchers. Any individual affiliated with any UT college, department, lab, center, institute or other campus unit can contribute scholarly content to TRACE.  The repository currently includes journal articles and essays, manuscripts, monographs, book chapters, conference proceedings and abstracts, newsletters, datasets, sound files, working (white) papers, videos, photographs, technical reports and more.

Topics and Themes – Student life, Faculty and Staff, Colleges and Programs, Student Organizations, Schools and Colleges, UT History, Administration, Student Publications.

University of Tennessee Student Publications

The University of Tennessee Student Publications digital collection displays publications that are editorially independent, quality works created by students which benefit the university community. Publications of note include The Phoenix (1959-present), The Mugwump (1920-1932), The University Monthly (1875-1876), and The Humming Humbug.

Topics and Themes – Student Life, UT History, Student Organizations, Student Publications

Volunteer Yearbooks

First published in 1897, the Volunteer Yearbook continues to be one of the University of Tennessee’s oldest traditions. Every yearbook up to 2009, except for 1918 (interrupted by World War I), is included in this digital collection. The yearbooks consistently document student, faculty and staff academic and extracurricular activities on the university campus.

Topics and Themes – Student Life, Campus Buildings, Colleges and Programs, UT History, Athletics, Administration, Student Organizations, Schools and Colleges, Faculty and Staff

The Independent Truth

The Independent Truth newspaper served as an anonymous platform for its editors and writers to report, from their perspective, the truth on how the University of Tennessee, Knoxville leadership handled issues occurring on campus in 1935. They covered topics such as the dynamics between campus administrators, faculty, and staff; student freedom of expression; and complaints unique to particular colleges and departments on campus.

Tennessee Girl Student Handbook

This publication is the female student handbook published originally by Women’s Student Government Association (Associated Women Students) from 1930 to 1970, when it was then incorporated into a single handbook for all students of University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Topics and Themes – Student Life, Trending Fashion, Women’s’ Organizations

The Tennessean

This student-led literary magazine ran as a non-university funded publication under the direction of its own executive board. It served as a vehicle for students’ creative expression through fiction writing, poetry, book reviews, art criticism, photographs, and illustrations.