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Jeanette Lanning Payne Davis Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3773

This collection consists of audio tapes used for background information when writing Davis' novel, “Okeeheedee Country.” Also included are photographs of Jeanette in her cap and gown, a copy of her short work, “Wild Flowers in Hog Branch,” a summary of her life, a copy of a photo of Alcoa High School Central Office (1983-1984) that she appears in, and a copy of a letter she wrote to Random House Publishing Group requesting they publish a book of her poetry.

Dates

  • 1982 May 23-2009 December 27, undated

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are 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

1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists of audio tapes Jeanette used for background information when writing her novel, “Okeeheedee Country,” as well as the release forms to use them, a photograph of Jeanette in her cap and gown, a copy of her short work, “Wild Flowers in Hog Branch,” a summary of her life, a copy of a photo of Alcoa High School Central Office (1983-1984) she appears in, and a copy of a letter she wrote to Random House Publishing Group requesting they publish a book of her poetry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jeanette Lanning Payne Davis (1937-2012) was born in Tellico Plains, TN to Earl and Marie Payne on July 24, 1937. Jeanette attended Maryville city schools and graduated from Maryville High School in 1957. She attended the University of Tennessee and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 and her Master of Arts degree in 1972. She married her high school sweetheart, Winston H. (Sid) Davis, on June 3, 1962 and lived in Alcoa, TN. In 1994, Davis retired with 30 years of experience teaching American History and junior English at Alcoa High School.

According to her obituary, "she was an avid wild flower photographer and had completed an extensive collection, which she had hoped to publish. She was in the final stages of completing a historic fiction novel based on a mountain logging town." Jeanette Payne Davis died on October 14, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital from complications after a massive stroke.

Arrangement

This collection consists of 3 boxes and is arranged into two series: personal materials and interviews. The interviews series, which is made up of audio cassette tapes, is arranged according to a numerical scheme created by Jeanette Lanning Payne Davis.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections in 2014 by Winston Davis.

Repository Details

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

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480