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Nellie Kenyon Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0789

This collection, divided into four series, houses scrapbooks, photographs, magazines, newspapers, programs, menus, and invitations documenting the life and work of Tennessee journalist Nellie Kenyon.

Series I: Scrapbooks, circa 1914-circa 1970. This series consists primarily of scrapbooks containing notes, publications, and correspondence documenting the work of Nellie Kenyon.

Series II: Magazines and Newspapers, 1878-1970 April 14. This series documents the news media coverage of the John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy assassinations. The following magazines were included in the collection: Life, Look, and Post. The following newspapers were included in the collection: The Dallas Morning News, The News (Mexico City), and The Chattanooga Times.

Series III: Photographs, circa 1933-1939, undated. This section includes several photographs of high profile individuals involved in politics including Winston Churchill, the Kennedys, and Richard Nixon. Some photographs are personally autographed to Nellie Kenyon.

Series IV: Programs, Invitations, and Menus, 1949, 1956, undated. This series houses menus, programs, and invitations from gubernatorial conferences, award banquets, and inaugural events.

Dates

  • 1878-1970

Language of Materials

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 the Special Collections Library.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses scrapbooks, photographs, magazines, newspapers, programs, menus, and invitations documenting the life and work of Tennessee journalist Nellie Kenyon.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nellie Kenyon was born in Lexington, Kentucky on November 28, 1895. Although she had little formal education in her youth, she spent most of her professional life writing for such Tennessee newspapers as The Nashville Tennesseean and The Chattanooga News. Her work dealt primarily with federal trials. These stories include her coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial in July of 1925, her exposure of a baby selling operation in Memphis (which obtained infants under questionable circumstances and placed them in adoptive homes, including the homes of Hollywood movie stars, for a large fee) in 1950, and her coverage of the Jimmy Hoffa trial in January of 1964. Even after her official retirement in 1970, Kenyon continued to write occasionally on special assignments. She died in February of 1982.

Arrangement

Collection consists of twelve boxes divided into four series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Scrapbooks, circa 1914-circa 1970.
  2. Series II: Magazines and Newspapers, 1878-1970 April 14.
  3. Series III: Photographs, circa 1933-1939, undated.
  4. Series IV: Programs, Invitations, and Menus, 1949, 1956, undated.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 1974.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult June N. Adamson's August 1971 thesis, Selected Women in Tennessee Newspaper Journalism, which contains a biography of Nellie Kenyon.

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