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William H. Jesse Tribute

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0207

This collection consists of two copies of a memorial composed for William H. Jesse after his death in 1970. It includes a brief obituary, a tribute written by University of Tennessee President Andy Holt, and a tribute written by Jesse's Secretary Daphne Townsend.

Dates

  • 1970

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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of two copies of a memorial composed for William H. Jesse after his death in 1970. It includes a brief obituary, a tribute written by University of Tennessee President Andy Holt, and a tribute written by Jesse's Secretary Daphne Townsend.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Herman Jesse was born in Versailles, Kentucky to Watson McIlvain and Helen (Wolfe) Jesse on 16 September 1908. He attended Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky (1929-1931) and the University of Kentucky (1933) before earning degree in Library Science from Columbia University in 1938. He earned an additional AM from Brown College in 1945. Jesse married Edith Miller on 12 September 1938. He worked as a teacher-librarian in Johnson County, Kentucky (1933-1935), as the Director of Libraries for the Johnson County schools (1935-1938), as the Readers' Division Chief at Brown University (1938-1942), as the Assistant Director of Libraries at the University of Nebraska (1942), and as the Head of the Readers' and Reference Division of the U. S. Department of Agriculture Library in Washington, D.C. (1943) before coming to the University of Tennessee as a Professor of Bibliography. At UT, he raised the library's collection to over a million books and obtained entry for the University of Tennessee Library system into the Association of Research Libraries, a select group of libraries recognized for excellence as research centers. Jesse died on 1 July 1970 and is buried in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to University Archives.

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