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Betsey Beeler Creekmore Papers

Identifier: MS-2823

This collection contains the notes, photographs, and books of Betsey Beeler Creekmore, for her publications and research. It is divided into four series: I. Photographs, 1930s, 1960s-1980s; II. Great Smoky Mountains, 1967-1990; III. Knoxville, 1967, 1979-1984, 1990-1991; and IV Oversize, 1983. Series I, and most of the collection, are in original division and have the original folder titles. The photographs include copies of old drawings and photos from the 19th and 20th centuries, and a few folders in this series also have written information. Series II has notes, publications, and drafts about the trails and flora of the Smoky Mountains. Series III has mainly drafts and notes of Creekmore's book Knoxville!, published in 1991 for the Knoxville Bicentennial Celebration. There are a few copies of her books about the city, as well as some others' publications about it. Series IV has a book jacket and two newspapers.


  • 1930s, 1960s-1990s


The material in this collection is in English.

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Conditions Governing Use

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


1.5 Linear Feet


This collection contains the notes, photographs, and books collected by Betsey Beeler Creekmore for her publications and research about the Knoxville region and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Biographical/Historical Note

Betsey Beeler Creekmore (1915-1995) was a prominent local historian. Creekmore, a niece of Dr. James D. Hoskins, a president of the University of Tennessee, was educated at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Vassar College, and the University of Tennessee. Her first published work, a poem, appeared when she was 5 years old. Creekmore went on to publish many other works, including Traditional American Crafts, Knoxville - Our Fair City, Knoxville (Knoxville! in 1991), and Knox County, Tennessee: a History in Pictures. Additionally she was active in the community, a member of the Knoxville Garden Club and a starter of the Dogwood Arts Festival. For many years she was the official historian of Knox County.

She married Frank Creekmore and the couple had a daughter, Betsey Creekmore, who helped her mother with many projects and who has also played an active role in the community as a Knoxvillian and an author.


Collection consists of three boxes in four series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Photographs, 1930s, 1960s-1980s, undated
  2. Series II: Great Smoky Mountains, 1967-1990, undated
  3. Series III: Knoxville, 1967, 1979-1984, 1990-1991
  4. Series IV: Oversize, 1983, undated

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the UT Special Collections Library.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to refer to:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0833: The Betsey Beeler Creekmore Papers
  2. MS.2841: Betsey B. and David D. Creekmore Collection

Repository Details

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

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA