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Alex Haley Research Regarding Tennessee Anecdotal History

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0420

Alex Haley, Anne Klebenow, and a number of student researchers collected these anecdotes about Tennessee history during their work on 200 Years through 200 Stories: A Tennessee Bicentennial Collection (1996). Among the topics covered are the Bell Witch, the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan, the Scopes Trial, and the Civil War. The first part of the collection houses files that the team used to compile the final edition of their book. It is followed by materials documenting notable personalities in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The collection ends with interviews on audio- and videotape, releases related to these interviews, and manuscripts of and maps intended for the book.

Dates

  • circa 1986-circa 1996

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

27 Linear Feet

Abstract

Alex Haley, Anne Klebenow, and a number of student researchers collected these anecdotes about Tennessee history during their work on 200 Years through 200 Stories: A Tennessee Bicentennial Collection (1996). Among the topics covered are the Bell Witch, the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan, the Scopes Trial, and the Civil War. The first part of the collection houses files that the team used to compile the final edition of their book. It is followed by materials documenting notable personalities in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The collection ends with interviews on audio- and videotape, releases related to these interviews, and manuscripts of and maps intended for the book.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alex Haley (1921-1992) began this research into Tennessee history in response to Governor Lamar Alexander's 1986 request that he write a commemorative book for Tennessee's 1992 bicentennial. The vast majority of this work was conducted in his official capacity as a University of Tennessee Adjunct Professor. Although Haley died before the work was finished, his co-editor, Anne Klebenow, completed the project and published 200 Years through 200 Stories: A Tennessee Bicentennial Collection in 1996.

Arrangement

This collection consists of twenty-seven boxes divided into seven series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Book Files
  2. Series II: East Tennessee Personalities
  3. Series III: Middle Tennessee Personalities
  4. Series IV: West Tennessee Personalities
  5. Series V: Audio Tapes
  6. Series VI: Releases Obtained
  7. Series VII: Manuscripts and Maps

Acquisition Note

This collection is the property of the University of Tennessee's 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