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Early Knoxville Photographs Collection

Identifier: MS-2512

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of portrait photographs taken in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Most are albumen prints mounted on stiff board. This board is generally either stamped or embossed with the photographer's name and address. In the unusual instance that the individual(s) in the portraits can be identified, their names are handwritten on the board.

The subject matter of these photographs varies greatly. In most cases, the portraits consist of an individual man, woman, or child. There are also several family photographs, each showing a man, a woman, and their children, and one photograph of a newly married couple. Perhaps most interesting are the photographs of current and former American soldiers -- for example, this collection contains an uncommon photograph of a Spanish-American War soldier stationed at Camp Poland, Tennessee, and a photograph of two men wearing GAR Veterans' Medals, marking them as former Civil War soldiers.


  • circa 1870-circa 1900

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

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


0.75 Linear Feet


This collection consists of a number of portrait photographs taken by 40 Knoxville photography firms between approximately 1870 and 1900.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information available.


Collection consists of one half box and one quarter box.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library.

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