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Stanley J. Folmsbee Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0406

These five letters were written to Dr. Folmsbee between 1942 and 1945. In 1942, Ed Glass discusses the USAF, some of his predictions for the war, and his work with the Office of Price Administration. In 1944, Theron Alexander writes two letters, one thanking Folmsbee for using his thesis (written at the University of Tennessee in 1939) and one describing his life in New Guinea. In 1945, Herbert B. Butcher writes two letters from the Philippines about his hopes for teaching at the University of Tennessee when he gets home. The first letter gives a vivid account of his trip to the Philippines and his contributions to the Seyte Gulf operation.

Dates

  • 1942 December 27-1945 October 5

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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

These five letters were written to Dr. Folmsbee between 1942 and 1945. In 1942, Ed Glass discusses the USAF, some of his predictions for the war, and his work with the Office of Price Administration. In 1944, Theron Alexander writes two letters, one thanking Folmsbee for using his thesis (written at the University of Tennessee in 1939) and one describing his life in New Guinea. In 1945, Herbert B. Butcher writes two letters from the Philippines about his hopes for teaching at the University of Tennessee when he gets home. The first letter gives a vivid account of his trip to the Philippines and his contributions to the Seyte Gulf operation.

Biographical/Historical Note

Stanley John Folmsbee was born in South Valley, New York on November 29, 1899. He earned his AB from Dickinson College in 1922 and his AM (1926) and PhD (1932) from the University of Pennsylvania. He married Ocie L. Buckner (1902-1988). Folmsbee taught briefly at the University of Pennsylvania before coming to the University of Tennessee as an instructor of History in September 1928. He specialized in Tennessee and American history and later developed an interest in the history of the university. Over the course of his career, Folmsbee authored and edited six books and innumerable articles, including the standard history of the University of Tennessee, To Foster Knowledge (with James Montgomery and Lee S. Greene, 1984), and his well-respected A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee (1973). In addition to his work with the university, he was deeply involved with the East Tennessee Historical Society where he served as President from 1934 to 1935 and as managing editor of the society's publications from 1937 until his death. He was also active in a number of civic organizations, including the Exchange Club and the Sons of the Revolution. Folmsbee retired from the university on September 1, 1970 and died on September 6, 1974.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

P. J. Folmsbee donated these letters to Special Collections.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

  1. MS.1366, Stanley J. Folmsbee Papers, 1935-1974
  2. MS.1381, Stanley J. Folmsbee Papers, 1801-1971
  3. MS.1627, Stanley J. Folmsbee Papers, 1796-1961 (Bulk 1950-1961)
  4. MS.2499, Stanley Folmsbee Letter and Article, 1963 December 20-1971 April 11

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