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Betsey Beeler Creekmore Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0833

This collection houses letters that Betsey Beeler Creekmore wrote to her mother, Betsey (Beeler) Creekmore, between 1934 and 1935. Also included are newspaper clippings documenting the Creekmore family and the history of Knoxville, Tennessee. Most of the clippings document Betsey's social life, with several others about James D. Hoskins, her uncle and the president of the University of Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1890-1960

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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

4.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses letters that Betsey Beeler Creekmore wrote to her mother, Betsey (Beeler) Creekmore, between 1934 and 1935. Also included are newspaper clippings documenting the Creekmore family and the history of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Betsey Beeler Creekmore (1915-1995) was a prominent local historian. Creekmore, a niece of Dr. James D. Hoskins, a president of the University of Tennessee, was educated at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Vassar College, and the University of Tennessee. Her first published work, a poem, appeared when she was 5 years old. Creekmore went on to publish many other works, including Traditional American Crafts, Knoxville - Our Fair City, Knoxville (Knoxville! in 1991), and Knox County, Tennessee: a History in Pictures. Additionally, she was active in the community as a member of the Knoxville Garden Club and a starter of the Dogwood Arts Festival. For many years, she was the official historian of Knox County.

She married Frank Creekmore and the couple had a daughter, Betsey Creekmore (born 1942), who helped her mother with many projects and has also played an active role in the community as a Knoxvillian and author.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four boxes divided into two series:

  1. Series I: Correspondence and Papers, 1934-1936
  2. Series II: Newspaper Clippings and Publications, 1890-1960

Acquisition Note

Betsey (Beeler) Creekmore donated these papers to Special Collections in December of 1975.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

  1. MS.2841: Betsey B. and David D. Creekmore Collection
  2. MS.2823: Betsey Beeler Creekmore Papers

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