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Bain Family Collection

Identifier: MS-3826

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This collection dates ca. 1900-1942. It contains materials belonging to Samuel M. Bain and his family. Bain was a plant pathologist and botany professsor for the University of Tennessee.

Materials in this collection include: three scrapbooks belonging to the Bain family; an Army Navy Diary belonging to Henry Bain; glass plate negatives of Smoky Mountain scenes; a child's Christamas bookmark from 1942; and photocopies of Smoky Mountain Scenes.


  • circa 1900-1942



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.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 half box, 3 flat boxes)


This collection consists of materials belonging to botanist Samuel Bain and his family. Most materials in the collection are related to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel M. Bain was a mycologist and plant pathologist born in Eagleville, Tennessee on January 14, 1869. He married Evelyn Franklin on June 6, 1891. They had 6 sons. In 1901, he became a professor of Botany at the University of Tennessee. His success as a botanist and as a professor led him to be appointed as the Special Agent and Collaborator in Cotton Breeding Experiments in the boll weevil investigations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1904. He died in Knoxville, TN on January 30, 1919.


This collection consists of 2 half boxes and is divided into 3 subseries: Scrapbooks, Personal Materials, and Glass Plate Negatives.

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