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Ada Larew Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0205

This collection consists of the personal papers of Ada Campbell Larew and includes manuscripts, historical essays, poems, plays, and short stories authored by Larew. Also available are personal correspondence, press clippings, and memorabilia.

Larew authored a handwritten, one hundred and eighty-nine page manuscript entitled Heart of the Cumberland, the largest of the manuscripts included in the collection. The manuscript is a historical account of the East Tennessee region which Larew centered her interests and research around. In her essays, Larew gives accounts of the history of notable Knoxville buildings, the Cherokee Nation and its people, and Civil War battles such as the Battle of Fort Sanders. With subject matter ranging from Robert E. Lee and Tennessee statesmen to the Mayflower and Native Americans, Larew’s passion for poetry coincided with her historical interests as illustrated through her poems.

Dates

  • 1912 April 2–1963 August 18, undated

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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

0.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of the personal papers of Ada Campbell Larew and includes manuscripts, historical essays, poems, plays, and short stories authored by Larew. Also available are personal correspondence, press clippings, and memorabilia.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ada Campbell Larew was a writer and historian of East Tennessee. Born in 1866, she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Campbell, a surgeon in the Confederate Army, and Mary Jane Lynch Campbell. In 1898, she married Charles Lynnval Larew, in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she would remain an active member of the community until her death. Larew pursued her interests in writing and history as a member of the National League of American Pen Women, the Knoxville Women’s Club, and the Daughters of the Confederacy. Her writings deal primarily with material of historical interest in Tennessee with special emphasis on the Cherokee Indians, the early pioneers, the Civil War, and early history of East Tennessee. She wrote for the Knoxville Journal among other newspapers and had much of her work published. Many of her poems also enjoyed a similar success. Larew died in 1963 at the age of 97.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a half and quarter box divided into two series:

  1. Series I. Literary Works, 1912 April 2-1959 February 20, undated
  2. Series II. Personal Papers, 1924-1963 August 18, undated

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Mrs. Ada C. Larew in 1960.

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