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Irving Club Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3649

This collection contains speeches, program books, minute and attendance books, book reviews, and materials documenting the history of the Irving Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1861 to the present.

Dates

  • 1861-2019

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 the Special Collections Library.

Extent

9 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains speeches, program books, minute and attendance books, book reviews, and materials documenting the history of the Irving Club of Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1861 to the present.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded by Joshua William Caldwell in 1886, the Irving Club is a private literary group that meets every Monday between September and June to discuss literature and current events. Individual Irving Club members are assigned topics or literary works that they are then required to research and present to the rest of the group. A variety of well-known individuals from the University of Tennessee have participated in the Irving Club, including John C. Hodges, Andy Holt, William Bass, Alvin Nielson, and Calvin Buehler.

Arrangement

This collection consists of nine boxes.

This collection is made up of nine boxes and divided into three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Administrative Records, 1894 September 24-2011, undated
  2. Series II: Speeches and Book Reviews, 1896 February 7-2012 February, undated
  3. Series III: Publications, 1861-2010

Other Finding Aids

Materials in this collection were previously cited as MS.0200, MS.2081, MS.2973, MS.3008, MS.3129, MS.3146, MS.3215, MS.3400, and MS.3401. All material from previous collections are contained within this collection.

Acquisition Note

This collection is active. The earliest donation was given to the University of Tennessee Special Collections in 1959 by Judge John M. Thornburg and his wife. Periodic donations have been added since, including a donation by Linda L. Phillips in 2012 and again in 2019.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480