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Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Government Charter Commission Records

Identifier: MS-0827

  • Staff Only

This collection houses records documenting an attempt to consolidate Knoxville and Knox County in the late 1950s and early 1960s. These records include general correspondence files, notices on meetings, the financial records of the Metropolitan Government Charter Commission, papers documenting the Charter itself (including legal opinions, suggestions, approval letters, approved sections, preliminary drafts, meeting minutes, studies, addresses, and papers), newspaper clippings (documenting the proposal of the Charter, the controversy of consolidation, and the defeat of consolidation), charts, topographic maps, and the names and addresses of Commission members.


  • 1947-1959

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This collection houses records documenting an attempt to consolidate Knoxville and Knox County in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Blount, then governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio, created Knox County from parts of Greene and Hawkins Counties on June 11, 1792. Knoxville, founded by James White in 1786, has been the county seat since the County's creation. Knoxville also served as the capital of Tennessee from 1796 to 1812 and again from 1817 to 1818. Today, Knox County occupies 526 square miles and lies in the middle of East Tennessee's Great Valley.


Collection consists of one box divided into seven series:

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  1. Series I: Correspondence
  2. Series II: Financial Records
  3. Series III: Metropolitan Government Charter Commission Materials Information Relating Directly To The Charter
  4. Series IV: Studies, Addresses, and Papers
  5. Series V: General Information
  6. Series VI: Newspaper Clippings and Publicity for Metropolitan Government Charter Commission
  7. Series VII: Other Materials

Acquisition Note

The Metropolitan Government Charter Commission Papers were given to the library in 1975 by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service of the University of Tennessee.

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