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Nash Buckingham Collection

Identifier: MS-3655

This collection consists of four letters from 1911 and 1917 and a copy of Life magazine from 1944. The letter dated November 17, 1911, is from J. W. S. Rhea to his brother-in-law Henry B. Staley. In it, he discusses property in Marion, Virginia. The letter dated August 16, 1917, is from D. W. Rogers to Nash Buckingham. In it, he asks Buckingham to look into covering a check that was returned from a closed account of J. W. S. Rhea. The letter dated September 18 is from T. Nash Buckingham to J. B. Staley. In it, he says he has sent the money requested by Mr. Rogers, he reminisces about his time at school with Mr. Rhea and the success he attributes to him, and closes by asking to buy Mr. Rhea's Club certificate. The letter dated December 1917 is from Club manager Ellison to A. M. Staley. In it, he says the Club will not collect Mr. Rhea's last dues payment since he is dead and thanks Mr. Staley for paying the third quarter dues.

The Life magazine includes an article and several photos about Nash Buckingham's hunting trip in Tennessee. The last three photos show him demonstrating safety principles.


  • 1911 November 17-1944 January 24

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This collection consists of four letters from 1911 and 1917 and a copy of Life magazine from 1944.

Biographical/Historical Note

T. Nash Buckingham was born on May 31, 1880, in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the Memphis University School, he attended Harvard before transferring to the University of Tennessee, where he was captain of the football team in 1902. In 1910 he married Irma Lee Jones and they had at least one child. Buckingham loved the outdoors, and owned a sporting goods store from 1917 to 1925 before turning his efforts toward writing. In 1927 he founded the Outdoor Writers Association, judged hunting events through the 1930s, and wrote nine books and several articles about nature and conservation during his career. He was elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1970. Buckingham died on March 10, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee.

James White Sheffey Rhea was born on June 6, 1869 to Joseph and Ellen (Sheffey) Rhea. In 1893 he and Edwin Werts founded the Memphis University School, which was very successful until closing during the Depression. Rhea died on April 9, 1917.


This collection consists of a single flat box.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Bill Alexander in memory of Mary B. Alexander in March 2012.

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