Skip to main content


Special Collections Online at UT

Lawrence Edwards Collection

Identifier: MS-3710

  • Staff Only

This collection includes correspondence, familial and personal records, short stories and research materials (published and unpublished) of Lawrence Edwards from his time as a graduate student and teacher at the University of Tennessee.

Lawrence Edwards wrote stories dealing primarily with growing up in his native Speedwell and with rural life in general. His research studies concern the letters of Jacob Tonson, the allegory of Thomas Usk's Testament of Love, the religion of Browning, the history of the Baptists of Tennessee (with particular attention to the Primitive Baptists of East Tennessee,) religion and education in antebellum Tennessee, and use of the library.

Edwards' correspondence comes mostly from family, friends, students, and colleagues. Of particular interest are letters from Jesse Stuart and Tennessee Ernie Ford. His genealogical research concerns old families of Speedwell. Edwards' published works have been catalogued and removed to the Rare Books Collection.


  • 20 January 1689- 18 November 1972


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite and must be requested in advance. See for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.

Conditions Governing Use

The UT Libraries claims only physical ownership of most material in the collections. Persons wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants on for detailed information. Collections must be requested through a registered Special Collections research account.


5 Linear Feet


This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials documenting the life and works of Tennessee author Lawrence Edwards.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lawrence Edwards was born in a mining camp on the Tennessee-Kentucky border in 1907. His family moved to Speedwell, Tennessee (the subject of several of his later works) when he was five years old. He was educated at Lincoln Memorial University and at the University of Tennessee, and later taught at the University of Tennessee.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.0336, MS.0821, and MS.0822.

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