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Betsey B. and David D. Creekmore Collection

Identifier: MS-2841x

This collection contains the notes, photographs, and genealogy collected by the Creekmores regarding Betsey Beeler Creekmore's publications and research about the Knoxville region and the genealogy of their family. The collection houses a series of genealogical information about several family members including Betsey Beeler Creekmore and her husband, Frank. It also details the history of their lives in Series IV-VI. The clippings and historical records in the photo albums are precious pieces of family history and can be found in the oversized series, Series XXII. There is also further information on specific members of the family in other series, including U. D. Beeler in Series X. Betsey Creekmore was a prominant figure in the Knoxville community as shown in many of the series such as Series IV: the Dogwood Trails and Dogwood Arts Festival, Civic Involvement, and Series XX: Junior League of Knoxville.

As a published author, Ms. Creekmore also has several items related to her books and poems, including notes, research and manuscripts, which can all be found in the second series. Each falls under the appropriate subseries heading from which book it is related, including Dark and Bloody Ground; Your World in Miniature: An Illustrated Guide to Making Small-Scale Rooms and Scenes; Knoxville, Our Fair City, and more.

A detailed itemized listing of the materials in this collection can be found in the Special Collections Reading Room.

For more collections like this one, please see MS.0833 and MS.2823.


  • 1794-1995

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This collection contains the notes, photographs, and other materials collected by the Creekmores regarding Betsey Beeler Creekmore's publications and research about the Knoxville region and the genealogy of their family.

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.


This collection has 22 series. Series II has 19 subseries, Series IV has 8 subseries, and Series 22 has 3 subseries.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the Hoskins Special Collections Library on July 6, 1998.

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