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Hal Ernest Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0102

  • Staff Only

This collection features several original drawings of soldiers and combat scenes drawn by Hal Ernest as a child during World War II. Ernest listened to the radio in the evenings and sketched based on what he heard. Also included is a typed personal narrative composed by Ernest and an article about his father's campus drugstore, Ellis and Ernest, in Knoxville, Tenn.


  • circa 1940s, 2004, undated



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.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection features several drawings drawn by Hal Ernest as a child during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Hal Ernest was born in 1931. His father, Harold L. "Doc" Ernest, owned a drug store on the University of Tennessee’s campus from 1926 to 1967 where Hal spent most of his time growing up (Ellis and Ernest Drugstore, or E & E). Because of his father’s influence on campus, Hal knew Head Football Coach Robert Neyland personally and developed a close relationship with him and his family. As a student at the University of Tennessee from 1949 to 1954, Hal was president of the VOL Pep Club.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

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