Oliver Campbell Wallace Family Papers
This collection houses notebooks, photographs, clippings, certificates, and biographical information documenting Oliver Campbell Wallace and his immediate family. The family photographs (housed in folder 2) include images of Mary, Etta, Louise, Olive, John, and John Jr. Many of the other photographs are unidentified, but one is labeled Mrs. Lula Fagg.
- circa 1870s-1987
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This collection houses notebooks, photographs, clippings, certificates, and biographical information documenting Oliver Campbell Wallace and his immediate family.
Oliver Campbell Wallace was born on October 24 , 1872. He graduated from Freedmans Normal Institute in Maryville, Tennessee and earned his AB at Maryville College in 1892. After teaching school in Knoxville, Tennessee he attended the Western Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Allegheny, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1901. He was licensed to preach in 1899 and ordained in 1901. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Theology from the Western Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was the only Black member of the class.
Oliver Wallace began his career preaching in Beaufort, South Carolina. Here, he met and married Mary Commons. Their first child, Louise, was born in 1908. The family later moved to Monticello, Arkansas, where their other two children, Olive and John, were born. Mary Wallace died shortly after John's birth, and Oliver Wallace married Etta M. (Cotton) Hunter, a widow, on October 15, 1909. The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1920 when Oliver Wallace accepted a pastorate at the First Congregational Church. They moved again in 1927 when Oliver Wallace became the pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in his home town of Maryville, Tennessee. He continued to serve at this church and teach at Hale High School until he died on October 8, 1955. Etta Wallace taught at Hall High and Lincoln in Alcoa.
John Marion Wallace, Oliver C. Wallace's son, married Nina (1901-1975) and had one son, John Marion Wallace Jr., who served in the U. S. Army during World War II. John Wallace Sr. died in Denver, Colorado in 1953. Olive Marguerite Wallace was born on December 10, 1907 in Monticello, Arkansas. She attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first Greek Letter sorority among African Americans in America. After college she became a teacher in Knoxville, Tennessee. She married Fred Henry (1902-1967) on August 14, 1943. After his death, she returned to school and completed her Master of Science in Education at the University of Tennessee. She married Paris Hannum in 1974, and the couple continued to live in Tennessee. Olive Hannum died on November 6, 2000 in Maryville, Tennessee of Alzheimer's disease.
Collection consists of 1 box.
This collection was donated to Special Collections in 2007.
Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA