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Lillian P. Davis Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2675

  • Staff Only

The Lillian P. Davis Papers, 1958-1974, consist primarily of manuscript copies of short stories, plays, and books that Davis wrote after her retirement in 1948. Prominently represented are A Member of the Jury, The Tennessee Story, and her unpublished autobiography. Both A Member of the Jury and The Tennessee Story are fictionalized accounts of the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1958-1974

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Lillian P. Davis Papers, 1958-1974, consist primarily of manuscript copies of short stories, plays, and books that Davis wrote after her retirement in 1948. Prominently represented are A Member of the Jury, The Tennessee Story, and her unpublished autobiography.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lillian Perrine was born to John Fletcher and Carrie Duncan Andrews Perrine in Waverly, Mumphreys County, Tennessee on February 6, 1883. She moved to Lexington, Massachusetts, after marrying Christoper C. Davis. While in Lexington, Lillian Davis taught at the city's Girls High School.

Beginning in 1933, Davis was employed as a case worker for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration. She transferred to the United States Employment Service in September of 1936, and retired at the end of 1948.

After her retirement, Davis moved to Varina, Virginia, to be near her son. In Virginia, she was very active with the Sailors' Tavern Playhouse, where she not only directed a number of plays but also served as president. After her home burned, Davis moved to Knoxville, where she died on April 21, 1980.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480