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Frank H. McClung Museum Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0599

This collection houses newspaper articles, calendars, brochures, and annual reports documenting the Frank H. McClung Museum. Additionally, it includes several newspaper articles dealing with Ellen Lawson (McClung) Berry.

Dates

  • 1991-1999

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 houses newspaper articles, calendars, brochures, and annual reports documenting the Frank H. McClung Museum. Additionally, it includes several newspaper articles dealing with Ellen Lawson (McClung) Berry.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Frank H. McClung Museum was founded with money donated by John Webb Green and his wife, Ellen Marshall (McClung) Green, as a memorial to Ellen Green's father, Franklin Henry McClung. At present, the museum houses permanent exhibits on the native peoples and archaeology of Tennessee, ancient Egypt, and the Civil War in Tennessee.

Ellen Lawson McClung was born to Hugh Lawson and Ella (Gibbons) McClung Jr. on November 14, 1893 in Knoxville, Tennessee and married coal magnate Thomas H. Berry (1894-1978) on October 18, 1928. The couple had one son, Hugh Lawson McClung Berry, who died in 1963. Ellen Berry was instrumental in preserving a number of historic Tennessee buildings, including Ramsey House and Glenmore. In her later years, a man named Dan Tondevold charmed his way into surrogate-son status, and in 1985 disappeared with nearly her entire estate. A body inconclusively identified as his was found, but suspicions of a faked death persisted, and the case was featured on the television show Unsolved Mysteries. Ellen McClung Berry died on April 19, 1992 at the age of 98.

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, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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