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Ruth Ewald Collection Regarding the Great Smoky Mountains

Identifier: MS-3522

  • Staff Only

Box 1 of this collection houses copies of The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Handbook and pocket maps documenting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Handbook, which serves as a written record of the club's adventures, covers the years 1926, 1928, 1936-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1952, 1960-1961, 1963-1964, 1966-1969, 1970-1979, and 1980-1988. The pocket maps were published by the Department of the Interior in 1971, 1973, 1978, 1980, and 1988.

Box 2 contains SMHC and Happy Trails newsletters, photographs of popular destinations, numerous publications, guides regarding trail and backcountry hiking, auto touring, trails, and events, and brochures detailing the history of the park, containing maps of the park, describing the Park's plants and animals, advertising special events, and promoting attractions in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Townsend. The final box in this collection houses six maps showing the Tennessee River. Four show the Watts Bar Reservoir and the Clinch and Emory Rivers; two depict the Fort Loudoun Reservoir.


  • 1926-2009

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1 Linear Feet (1 half box, 1 photo box, 1 oversize box)


This collection houses Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Handbooks, newsletters, pocket maps, and guides to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assembled by Ruth Z. Ewald.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club began in 1924 as an informal hiking program sponsored by the YMCA boys' camp in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The link with the YMCA was severed when eligibility for membership was expanded and the club's numbers grew rapidly. Over the years, the Club has been active in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, performing Appalachian Trail maintenance, and promoting wilderness conservation in addition to organizing hikes and other outings in the Park.


This collection consists of three boxes.

Acquisition Note

Philip and Ruth Ewald donated these materials to Special Collections in 2010.

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