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Lee Seifert Greene Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3662

This collection consists of materials documenting the life and work of Lee S. Greene. These materials include research, teaching material, student papers, photographs, newspaper clippings related to politics in Tennessee, and edited manuscripts. The majority of the documents relate to Greene's political research for his publications including Lead Me On: Frank Goad Clement and Tennessee Politics, To Foster Knowledge, Government in Tennessee, and Seven Ages: An Autobiography. The collection also houses election data, papers concerning key political issues, his work for the Tennessee Valley Authority and his teaching and reserach material from his time as a professor at the University of Tennessee.

Series I: Personal Papers, 1930-1974, contains biographical information, memiors, and personal press clippings. The majority of the documents in this series are correspondence (Sub-Series A) which relate to his personal and business life.

Series II: UTK Teaching Material, 1944-1982, contains material related to Greene's professional career and his time as a political science professor at the University of Tennessee including arbitrator reports, consititutional convention material, student papers, TVA handbooks, correspondence with collegues at UT, job offers, interviews, and annual reports from the political science department.

Series III: Governing the American Democracy, circa 1980, contains, manuscript galley proofs of Greene's book, titled Governing the American Democracy. These galley proofs include handwritten notes.

Series IV: Government in Tennessee, 1962-1982, contains research material related to Greene's publication, Government in Tennessee including; correspondence, maps, charts, interviews, research articles, and press releases related to the book. This series also contains both a published and personal manuscript of the work.

Series V: Lead Me On Publication Material, 1937-1978, consists primarily of research Greene conducted while writing the biography of Frank Clement. This series consists of Clement's campaign material (Sub-Series A), which houses biographical research, photographs, research related to his early days in office, campaign propaganda, election data, and commissions and convention research. Other materials include correspondence from Clement and his staff (Sub-Series B), interviews regarding his term in office (Sub-Series D), political research such as legislature passed and political issues (Sub-Series E), as well as speeches Clement gave. The series concludes with press releases related to the book and manuscript copies Lead Me On that include hand written edits.

Series VI: Seven Ages: An Autobiography, 1986, contains a corrected copy and a manuscript copy of Lee Greene's autobiography.

Series VII: TTo Foster Knowledge, 1974-1984, contains research material used by Greene to write this work about the University of Tennesse including interviews, photographs, campus building research, and documents relating to the history of the university. This series also houses edited, proofed, and manuscript copies of the book.

Series VIII: Pulications, Research and Notes,1931-1985, contains material related to Greene's work and research beyond the publication of his books. Materials include articles written by Greene, Tennessee political research, including several books related to politics and the legislature in Tennessee, and newspaper clippings regarding various relevant political issues such as civil rights, elections, county research, and politicians.

Series IX: Oversized Material, 1912-1932, contains oversized photographs of Frank Clement during his time as governor, and election maps of Tennessee for both gubernatorial and presidential elections.

Dates

  • 1930-1986, undated

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

25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of materials documenting the life and work of Lee S. Greene. These materials include reserach, teaching material, student papers, photographs, newspaper clippings related to politics in Tennessee, and edited manuscripts. The majority of the documents relate to Greene's political research for his publications including Lead Me On: Frank Goad Clement and Tennessee Politics, To Foster Knowledge, Government in Tennessee, and Seven Ages: An Autobiography. The collection also houses election data, papers concerning key political issues, his work for the Tennessee Valley Authority and his teaching and reserach material from his time as a professor at the University of Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lee Seifert Greene was born to Eugene and Margaret (Cline) Green in Esbon, Kansas on May 31, 1905. He was educated at the University of Kansas where he received in B.M. (1927) and his A.B. (1930). He studies at the University of Leipzig as a German-American exchange fellow in 1931, after which he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin. Here, he earned his A.M. degree (1932) and Ph.D. (1934). After graduation, Greene completed his postgraduate work at the Brookings Institution (1934) and the University of Michigan (1935). Greene began his professional career as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Social Science Research Council (1937-1938).

In 1936, Greene began working with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a research associate and supervisor of pubic administration. He came to the University of Tennessee in 1937 where he taught in the Political Science Department until he retired in 1975. In addition to serving as the department's Acting Head (1942-1946) and Head (1946-1971), he also directed the Bureau of Public Administration (1945-1971).

Greene authored a number of books, including Administration of Natural Resources in Tennessee, a history of the University of Tennessee entitled To Foster Knowledge (with James Montgomery and Stanley Folmsbee; 1984), Government in Tennessee (with R,S, Avery, 1962), American Government: Politics and Functions, (1967), Governing the American Democracy, (1980), and Lead Me On: Frank Goad Clement and Tennessee Politics, (1982). He also edited and authored a number of other publications and articles throughout his career. Greene married Dorothy H. Kuersteiner on December 24, 1932 and the couple had two children, Harriet Lee and Robert Everist. Lee S. Greene died on October 18, 1986 and is buried in Mankato, Kansas.

Arrangement

This collection consist of 25 boxes.

Series I. Personal Papers, 1930-1974

Sub-Series A. Personal Papers, Sub-Series B. Correspondence, 1936-1985

Series II. UTK Teaching Material, 1944-1982

Sub-Series A. Arbitrator Reports, 1944-1969 Sub-series B. Constitutional Convention Material, 1952-1954 Sub-Series C. Green's Student Papers, 1967-1982 Sub-Series D. General Research, 1965-1979 Sub-Series E. TVA Material, 1936-1985 Sub-Series F. University of Tennessee, 1937-1973

Series III. Governing the American Democracy, circa 1980

Series IV. Government in Tennessee, 1962-1982

Series V. Lead Me On, 1937-1978

Sub-Series A. Clement Campaign Research Materials, 1952-1966 Sub-Series B. Clement Project Correspondence, 1948-1983 Sub-Series C. Election Research, 1976-1982 Sub-Series D. Interviews Material, 1973-1980 Sub-Series E. Political Research-Clement’s Term in Office, 1953-1967 Sub-Series F. Lead Me On Press, Publications, and Notes, 1970-1983 Sub-Series F. Manuscript Copies, 1980-1982

Series VI. Seven Ages: An Autobiography, 1986

Series VII. To Foster Knowledge, 1974-1984

Sub-Series A. To Foster Knowledge Reasearch Material, 1974-1984 Sub-Series B. Manuscript Copies, 1982-1983

Series VIII. Publications, Research, and Notes, 1931-1985

Sub-Series A. Research Articles, 1933-1985 Sub-Series B. Tennessee Political Research, 1936-1985 Sub-Series C. Newspaper Clippings, 1931-1985

Series IX. Oversized Material, 1912-1932, undated

Previous Citation

Parts of this collection were previously listed as MS.0948, MS.1291, MS.1367, MS.1370, MS.1372, MS.1373, and MS.1601.

Acquisition Note

The collection material was donated by Lee S. Greene.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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