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James R. Henderson Interview

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2756

This collection houses a transcript of an interview that G. Kurt Piehler and Kathryn Meunier conducted with James R. Henderson on March 29, 2002 as part of the Veterans Oral History Project of the Center for the Study of War and Society. In it, Henderson discusses his childhood in New York City, his time in the Army during the Korean War, his postwar career as a New York City police officer, and his later life in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Dates

  • 2002 March 29

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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a transcript of an interview that G. Kurt Piehler and Kathryn Meunier conducted with James R. Henderson on March 29, 2002 as part of the Veterans Oral History Project of the Center for the Study of War and Society. In it, Henderson discusses his childhood in New York City, his time in the Army during the Korean War, his postwar career as a New York City police officer, and his later life in Sevier County, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

James R. Henderson was born to James M. and Margaret (Reynolds) Henderson in Queens, New York on January 26, 1933. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Al Anthony. Both parents were performers: his mother was a comedian and emcee, and his stepfather performed with the Twelve Aristocrats. Henderson was drafted into the Army on March 9, 1953 and completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He completed his active service with the 60th Regiment of the 7th Army in Germany and was eventually promoted to corporal. After his discharge, he used the G. I. Bill to attend the New York Institute of Criminology. He graduated in 1956 and went on to work as a police officer in New York City. Henderson moved to Pigeon Forge, where he owned a motel and restaurant, in 1977 following a divorce. Henderson died on July 23rd, 2017 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

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, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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