Betsey Beeler Creekmore Papers
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.
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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.
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.
This collection consists of four boxes divided into two series:
- Series I: Correspondence and Papers, 1934-1936
- Series II: Newspaper Clippings and Publications, 1890-1960
Betsey (Beeler) Creekmore donated these papers to Special Collections in December of 1975.