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Shields Family Scrapbook

Identifier: MS-2433

  • Staff Only

This collection is a scrapbook, containing newspaper clippings, kept by the Shields family of Bean Station, Tenn. The clippings pertain to politics in the local and national arenas, mostly dealing with the Reconstruction Era South and especially (East) Tennessee. There are also several poems, very short biographies, and interesting facts. Another item is a 1938 article on late politician Robert Love Taylor of Tennessee (some articles in the scrapbook mention him).

Due to the highly acidic nature of the newsprint and scrapbook pages, white buffer pages have been interleaved throughout the scrapbook.


  • 1871-1938

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The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


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This collection contains a scrapbook, containing newspaper clippings of Reconstruction Era Southern politics and poems or interesting facts, kept by the Shields family of Bean Station, Tenn.

Biographical/Historical Note

This collection belonged to the Shields Family of Bean Station, Grainger County, Tennessee. It is likely to have belonged to Judge James T. Shields or his family. Judge Shields was born to John and Mary Gill Shields in 1824. His uncles, Samuel and Milton, built the first paper mill established in the south in Grainger Co. and an extensive paper-mill in Hamblen County, Tenn., around 1830. Judge Shields' son, John Knight Shields (1858-1934), became an attorney, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, and U. S. Senator.

See the Sen. John K. Shields Collection: Papers, 1841-1948.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

James Presgraves of Bookworm and Silverfish donated this collection in April 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA