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William Waller Carson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0720

This collection houses biographical information, correspondence, University of Tennessee publications, photographs (including a family portrait), and degrees documenting the life and work of Professor William Waller Carson.

Dates

  • 1881-1923

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

1.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses biographical information, correspondence, University of Tennessee publications, photographs (including a family portrait), and degrees documenting the life and work of Professor William Waller Carson.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Waller Carson was born in Mississippi on June 2, 1845, to Dr. James Greene and Catherine Waller Carson. He was raised primarily in Louisiana. In 1863, he enlisted in the 4th Louisiana Cavalry Regiment (CSA), where he served until 1865. After the war, he resumed his education and graduated from Washington College (later Washington and Lee University) with his Civil Engineering (C. E.) degree in 1868 and his Mining Engineering (M. E.) degree in 1869. After graduation, he worked on several civil engineering projects before becoming a professor of mathematics at Davidson College (North Carolina) in 1877. He held this post until 1883. He married Rachel Finnie of Memphis, Tennessee, in December of 1880, and they had three children. In 1885, he became a professor of civil engineering at the University of Tennessee. For many years, Uncle Billy (as his students called him) constituted the University's entire Civil Engineering Department. He retired from this post in 1916.

Carson was also extremely active in Confederate veterans' affairs, and was the commander of the Fred Ault Camp, No. 5, of the United Confederate Veterans from 1912 until his death. Carson died in Knoxville on February 7, 1930.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

This collection is 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