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A. F. Bellingrath Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0154

This collection houses two letters, one certificate, and one advertisement documenting the University of Tennessee during the 1880s. Guy B. Wetzell wrote the first letter to his friend A. F. Bellingrath on October 5, 1887. In it, he discusses his service as a U.T. cadet, lists the officers of the various companies, describes the activities of the Chi Delta literary society, and mentions the local women. A. F. Bellingrath wrote the second letter to the U.T. Alumni Association in 1933. It describes a boat trip that Bellingrath, W. W. Watkins, and Wetzell made to Chattanooga in June of 1887 as well as Wetzell's drowning death on June 4, 1888. The First Grade teaching certificate was granted to Miss E. R. Browne of Memphis, Tennessee in 1881, and the advertisement promotes a match between the Boston Bloomer Girls and the U.T. Boys' Varsity basketball team.

Dates

  • 1881-1933 September 4

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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders)

Abstract

This collection houses two letters, one certificate, and one advertisement documenting the University of Tennessee during the 1880s. Guy B. Wetzell wrote the first letter to his friend A. F. Bellingrath on October 5, 1887. In it, he discusses his service as a U.T. cadet, lists the officers of the various companies, describes the activities of the Chi Delta literary society, and mentions the local women. A. F. Bellingrath wrote the second letter to the U.T. Alumni Association in 1933. It describes a boat trip that Bellingrath, W. W. Watkins, and Wetzell made to Chattanooga in June of 1887 as well as Wetzell's drowning death on June 4, 1888. The First Grade teaching certificate was granted to Miss E. R. Browne of Memphis, Tennessee in 1881, and the advertisement promotes a match between the Boston Bloomer Girls and the U.T. Boys' Varsity basketball team.

Biographical/Historical Note

Albert Ferdinand Bellingrath was born to Albert and Mary George (McMillan) Bellingrath in Atlanta, Georgia in 1867. He attended the University of Tennessee from 1885 to 1887 and married Lillie Ruth Council on June 10, 1896 in Sumter, Georgia. The couple had five children: George Council, Mary Alberta (Bellingrath) Craig, Albert Ferdinand, Lillie Ruth (Bellingrath) Pruitt, and Caroline Anne. For most of his professional career, Bellingrath worked as a plumbing and heating engineer in Atlanta. He died on December 11, 1944 in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Harry Bower Guy Wetzell was born to Henry and Laurinda Wetzell in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1870. He attended the University of Tennessee from 1885 to 1888 and was active in the Chi Delta Literary Society. Wetzell drowned under a log raft in the Tennessee River at the foot of Gay Street on June 4, 1888.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

A. F. Bellingrath donated these materials to Special Collections in 1933.

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
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