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Oakley Family Memories of the Smoky Mountains

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3828

This collection includes articles, images, videos, and personal writings pertaining to the Oakley family and the Smoky Mountains. Harvey Oakley (1918–2007), Wiley Oakley (1885–1954), and Rebecca Anne Ogle Oakley (1890–1980) are the main family members of focus. Included is a 58-page document by Harvey Oakley that is a collection of songs and ballads gathered over 80 years. A personal writing by Wiley Oakley includes personal memories and experiences, especially of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Images (primarily photocopies) of the Oakley family are also included with handwritten descriptions. The articles are primarily photocopies of newspapers dating from the 1970s-1980s. Two VHS tapes include Oakley family memories, the Wiley Oakley memorial dedication, and the “Great Smokies” outdoor drama at Cosby School.

Dates

  • 1974-1984, Unknown

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

0.25 Linear Feet (1 quarter box)

Abstract

This collection includes articles, images, videos, and personal writings pertaining to the Oakley family and the Smoky Mountains. Harvey Oakley (1918–2007), Wiley Oakley (1885–1954), and Rebecca Anne Ogle Oakley (1890–1980) are the main family members of focus.

Biographical/Historical Note

Harvey Oakley was born January 6, 1918 in Gatlinburg (Sevier County) Tennessee and died February 6, 2007 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Oakley was the son of Wiley Oakley (1885-1964) and Rebecca Anne Ogle Oakley (1890-1980).

Wiley Oakley was born September 12, 1885 in Gatlinburg and died November 18, 1954 in Gatlinburg. Wiley Oakley had vast knowledge of the Smoky Mountains, was known as "The Roaming Man of the Mountains," and became the unofficial ambassador of the region. Rebecca Anne Ogle Oakley was born December 25, 1890 in Sevier County, Tennessee and died October 31, 1980 in Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee. Wiley and Rebecca Oakley married in 1905 and their first home was on Scratch Britches Mountain where they raised their twelve children.

Arrangement

This collection is currently in four folders within one box.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to view MS.3524, Lucinda (Oakley) Ogle Collection.

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