On June 7, 1913, four climbers reached the south summit of Denali, known at the time as Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. It was the first successful ascent to the pinnacle. A diary kept during that arduous expedition has lain in a small box of Robert Tatum's personal papers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries for more than half a century. That diary will play a small role in this year's centennial celebration of the first ascent of Denali.
This collection consists of over 20,000 original cartoons drawn by Charlie Daniel during his career as the editorial cartoonist at the Knoxville Journal (from 1958) and the Knoxville News-Sentinel (from 1992). In these cartoons, Daniel offers comments upon life in general and politics in particular, through a cast of characters that includes – in addition to real people – Rosie the diner cook, Elmo Smidlap the everyman, and someone who looks remarkably like the artist himself. The cartoons look at topics from holidays and local charity events to national scandals and international conflicts.
During 2006, William C. Cook of Nashville donated to the University of Tennessee Libraries, Special Collections his collection of nearly 1,000 rare books and imprints related to the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson (1767–1845). Among the materials are numerous first editions and autographed texts, as well as biographies of Jackson, children's literature from the period, and many pamphlets that reflect both the pro- and anti-Jackson political rhetoric of the day. Controversial aspects of Jackson's presidency, including his opposition to a national bank, tariff legislation, and the Indian Removal Act of 1830, appear frequently within these rare texts.
University of Tennessee alumnus Clarence Brown has contributed significantly to the university, most notably through his role in the development of the Clarence Brown Theatre and his estate's $12 million endowment. One of Brown's greatest legacies is the gift of his personal papers to the Special Collections University Archives.
Joseph Estabrook of Knoxville wrote this letter on Christmas Day, 1835, while he was president of East Tennessee College, which later became the University of Tennessee.
The Eugene E. Eckstam "Exercise Tiger" Collection, 1944-2004, contains a wide array of information that assisted Dr. Eckstam in his search for the truth about Exercise Tiger.
Explores Special Collections' resources documenting Native American history and culture in the Southeast.
Selected items from the Fawcett Theatre Collection, including photographs, diaries, clippings, playbills, and dramatic works, as well as a short bibliography.
Correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers documenting the lives of authors Evelyn Scott and John Metcalfe.