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UT Extension Division Radio Broadcasts

Identifier: AR-0083

  • Staff Only

This collection houses scripts of programs that were delivered over WSM (Nashville) under the University of Tennessee Division of Extension between 1937 and 1941. Many programs included were targeted at a general audience, but some programs were targeted at homemakers or youths. Broadcasts were written by University of Tennessee faculty, students, and administrators.

Series I includes the UT Programs broadcasted on WSM, Nashville from December 27, 1937 to November 14, 1939. Broadcasts are on varying topics, although they focus on agricultural and domestic education.

Series II includes general audience broadcasts from October 3, 1938 to December 19, 1938 and a series of broadcasts targeted for homemakers broadcast from December 12, 1938 to May 31, 1939.

Series III, broadcasts for the general public, aired from October 16, 1939 to April 27, 1940. In this series there are broadcasts for youth, covering the dates of November 15, 1939 to April 9, 1940.

Series IV includes broadcasts for youth from October 7, 1940 to May 1, 1941.


  • 1937-1941

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.


1.5 Linear Feet


This collection houses scripts of programs that were delivered over WSM (Nashville) under the auspices of the University of Tennessee Division of Extension between 1937 and 1941. The majority of these programs were targeted to a young audience, although a few were for general consumption.

Biographical/Historical Note

UT Extension has long been oriented towards helping Tennesseans to improve their quality of life and solve problems through the application of research and evidenced-based knowledge about agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community development. Broadcasts included in this collection were played on Nashville's WSM station as part of the UT Extension Division between 1937 and 1941. Most programs in this collection were written and given by UT professors, administrators, and faculty, although some programs include UT students as part of student organizations.

These broadcasts played over WSM, a progressively far-reaching radio station in Nashville, in order to reach distant rural and metropolitan areas in Tennessee. Nashville's WSM radio station began to broadcast programs in 1925, and has gained fame as the original pioneer of the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio program in history.


This collection consists of two boxes.

Other Finding Aids

A legacy container list for this collection can be found as a [pdf].

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA