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Rugby Colony Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3487

These photographs depict residents of and visitors to Tennessee's Rugby Colony between 1880 and 1887. The majority of these images show either members of the Gilliat family or guests at the Tabard Inn. Also included are notecards identifying some of the people and locations featured in the photographs.

Dates

  • circa 1880-1887

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

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

These photographs depict residents of and visitors to Tennessee's Rugby Colony between 1880 and 1887. The majority of these images show either members of the Gilliat family or guests at the Tabard Inn. Also included are notecards identifying some of the people and locations featured in the photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Rugby Colony was founded by English author and social reformer Thomas Hughes. By the time Rugby was officially christened on October 5, 1880, the village had become home to a handful of young English colonists and an interesting mix of others, perhaps 100 people in all. The population expanded to nearly 300 residents by the following summer. Unfortunately, in that summer, a typhoid fever epidemic struck the colony, killing seven and causing several others to leave in panic. By the end of 1881, only about 60 people remained. Gradually, the colony rebounded, with the population growing to about 450 in the next few years. Eventually, however, the colony's popularity waned as land sales lagged, legal problems occurred, and the school that was to be the centerpiece of the colony never reached its potential. By the early 1890s, the colony was past saving.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these photographs in August of 2010.

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