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Swiss Colonies in Tennessee and Kentucky Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0017

This collection contains research, transcriptions of interviews, correspondence, licenses, land grants, wills, deeds, blueprints, and maps documenting Swiss settlement in Tennessee and Kentucky during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Dates

  • 1830-1938
  • Majority of material found within 1865-1934

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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains research, transcriptions of interviews, correspondence, licenses, land grants, wills, deeds, blueprints, and maps documenting Swiss settlement in Tennessee and Kentucky during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Biographical/Historical Note

Although Swiss settlers began coming to the United States in the 18th century, Swiss immigration did not begin in earnest until the Swiss government began encouraging it in 1844. While some immigrants settled in such urban areas as New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, others established colonies in such states as Minnesota, Indiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, Nebraska, and Kentucky. These settlements took great pains to preserve their uniquely Swiss cultural identity and were well known for both their agriculture and their cheese production. Colonies in Tennessee and Kentucky included Gruetli-Laager, Hohenwald, Bernstadt, Belvidere, and Gruetly.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four folders divided into four series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Franklin County, Tennessee, 1830-1934
  2. Series II: Grundy County, Tennessee, 1865-1934
  3. Series III: Laurel County, Kentucky, 1881-1934
  4. Series IV: Lewis County, Tennessee, 1896-1938

Acquisition Note

Dr. William E. Cole donated this material to the Special Collections Library in 1953.

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