Carson and Alberta Brewer Papers
This collection contains the research materials and articles of Alberta and Carson Brewer. The first series, Valley So Wild: A Folk History Notebooks, 1960s-2001, contains the drafts, interviews, and research materials of the Brewers for their book. (The papers were removed from the binders and put into non-acidic folders in the original order.) The second series, Newspaper Articles, 1995-2004, contains articles by Carson Brewer from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, as well as articles mentioning or about Carson by Sam Venable and by others, including his obituary.
See also UT-MS.2048: Carson Brewer Collection (Knoxville News-Sentinel articles), 1945-1994, and UT-MS.2435: Carson Brewer Articles, 1959-1992
Conditions Governing Access
Collections are stored offsite and must be requested in advance. See www.special.lib.utk.edu for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.
Conditions Governing Use
The UT Libraries claims only physical ownership of most material in the collections. Persons wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants on www.special.lib.utk.edu for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.
3 Linear Feet
This collection contains the research materials and drafts for Valley So Wild: A Folk History by Alberta and Carson Brewer and articles/columns for Knoxville News-Sentinel by or about Carson Brewer.
Carson Brewer (1920-2003) attended Maryville College and the University of Tennessee and served during World War II. In 1945, he joined the Knoxville News-Sentinel staff, covering federal beat, city hall, and the courthouse. In 1949, he married journalist Alberta Trulock, who bore his son Carson T. Kit Brewer, Jr. He began in the 1950s a weekly column, which expanded to three columns per week. Through this column, he supported local folklore and the region's natural resources. He wrote several books on the Smokies and Tennessee, including Valley So Wild: A Folk History with Alberta, and won several awards for his journalism and conservationism. He retired in 1985 but continued to write for the paper.
Alberta Trulock Brewer was the original manager of the United Press bureau in Knoxville in 1948. She was also a bureau writer and manager in Jacksonville and Nashville.
Collection contains two series: Series I: Valley So Wild: A Folk History Notebooks, 1960s-2001Series II: Newspapers Articles, 1995-2004.
Collection is property of the UT Special Collections Library.