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Ridley Wills Postcard Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3781

This collection consists of approximately 2800 postcards featuring the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina from the 1910s to the 1990s. The cards depict a variety of scenes, including iconic natural features, distinctive architecture, general landscapes, and popular tourist destinations. The predominant focus of this collection is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas including Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and the images on the postcards show the changes that took place in the region over the 20th century.

Dates

  • 1910s-1990s

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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

2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

This collection consists of approximately 2800 postcards featuring the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina from the 1910s to the 1990s. The cards depict a variety of scenes, including iconic natural features, distinctive architecture, general landscapes, and popular tourist destinations. The predominant focus of this collection is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas including Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and the images on the postcards show the changes that took place in the region over the 20th century.

Biographical/Historical Note

No biographical information is available.

Arrangement

This collection is in two boxes. The postcards in this collection are arranged into three series based on geographic location depicted on the postcards: Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee, and North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains series is further broken down into four topical sub-series: Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, National Park, and Native Americans.

Acquisition Note

The material in this collection was donated to Special Collections by Ridley Wills.

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