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Guinness World Record: Largest Human Letter - Power T Collection

Identifier: AR-0794

  • Staff Only

This collection contains a participant's orange T-shirt with white lettering and papers pertaining to the Guinness world record event held on March 27, 2017. The collection also includes a CD with digital images documenting the event.


  • 2017 March 20-29

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0.5 Linear Feet


This collection contains materials collected from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's world record event that took place on March 29, 2017 in Neyland Stadium. The Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Letter consisted of 4,223 people wearing orange and forming a large letter T that spanned 190 feet by 190 feet.

Biographical/Historical Note

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville set a Guinness World Record on March 29, 2017 by 4,223 students, faculty, staff, and alumni forming a 190 feet by 190 feet letter T on Shields-Watkins Field in Neyland Stadium. The crowd included more than 3,100 students, 700 staff, and 400 UT alumni. The feat was designed by engineering professor Matthew Young. The event was part of NBC Today host Al Roker's tour of university campuses across the country who also attempted to break Guinness world records during the same week.

The world record attempt previously broke one held by Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, set in September 2016 with 3,374 people forming a letter Q. However, in August 2017, the University of California, Berkeley broke the UT record with 7,194 participants forming a letter C.


The collection consists of one box.

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