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Ijams Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3668

The photos and documents in this collection provide insight into the private lives and conservation interests of the Ijams family, primarily from the 1920s to the 1960s. In addition to many family photos, including one of Joseph Ijams, Jr. in 1840, there are several images of the Ijams house -- both before and after the second story was added. Also available are photographs of local animals and birds, Girl Scout outings, and a meeting of the East Tennessee Ornithological Society in the 1940s. Of particular interest is a folder of photos taken by Della Yoe and a NYC photographer of local mountain culture. Also included are many of the newsletters that a young Josephine Ijams published weekly for several years that is full of family news and events, reports of animal deaths, and the current weather.

Dates

  • 1840-1993 August 29, 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

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of photos and documents which provide insight into the private lives and conservation interests of the Ijams family, primarily from the 1920s to the 1960s. In addition to many family photos, there is a folder of photos taken by Della Yoe and a NYC photographer of local mountain culture. Also included are many of the newsletters that a young Josephine Ijams published weekly for several years that is full of family news and events, reports of animal deaths, and the current weather.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harry Pearle Ijams was born on July 19, 1876 in Knox County, Tennessee to Joseph H. and Mary (Aiken) Ijams. He married Alice Yoe in 1905 and together they had four daughters, Alice Elizabeth (b.1909), Josephine, Mary (1916-1932), and Martha (1918-2004). Ijams was a commercial artist and avid naturalist who bought and developed the homestead that became the Ijams Nature Center. H.P., as he was known, died on June 12, 1954.

Alice Yoe Ijams was born on August 20, 1880 in Jefferson County, Tennessee to John Williams and Eliza Yoe. She married H.P. Ijams in 1905 and together they had four daughters, Alice Elizabeth (b.1909), Josephine, Mary (1916-1932), and Martha (1918-2004). She was a commercial horticulturist who started and supported local garden clubs, was active in the Girl Scouts, and bought and developed the homestead that became the Ijams Nature Center. She died on October 19, 1964.

Della Daisy Yoe was born on September 20, 1874 in Jefferson County, Tennessee to John Williams and Eliza Yoe. She worked for the Federal Writers’ Project and her interviews were published in 1939 as part of These Are Our Lives and other books. She died on December 24, 1963.

Josephine Ijams Kern was born in Knox County, Tennessee to H.P. and Alice (Yoe) Ijams. As a child she published a weekly newsletter, after graduating from the University of Tennessee she worked for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Standard Knitting Mill. Throughout her life she was a conservation advocate, working for state parks in general and House Mountain State Park in particular. She married Albert George Kern in 1949 and together they had at least two children, George and Martha. She died in 1990.

Martha Ijams was born on June 13, 1918 in Knox County, Tennessee to H.P. and Alice (Yoe) Ijams. Photographs from her wedding to Dr. Frank Smith Lovingood in 1943 are included in this collection. She had at least one daughter, who became Mary Lovingood Gallant. Martha died on April 11, 2004.

Acquisition Note

These materials were donated by Mary Gallant, and George and Martha Kern through Paul James of the Ijams Nature Center in 2013.

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