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Thompson-Boling Arena Construction Photographs

Identifier: AR-0803

  • Staff Only

The collection of Thompson-Boling arena construction photographs has been divided into three series.

The first series of photographs appear on slides, with two slides corresponding to every workday until October 8, 1985. Series one is comprised of the the beginning documentation of arena construction, and is organized on a monthly basis.

Series two is comprised of mixed black-and-white photographs and color slides from October 8, 1985 to December 31, 1986. Series two marks increased frequency and volume of captured images and slides. Series two is organized by day since photographs and slides regularly occur in large quantities on a daily basis.

Series three houses color proofs that depict the final stages of construction from April 1987 to December 1987. Proofs of series three include up to eight photographs on each page, all organized sequentially by the areas photographed.


  • 1984-1986

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.


3.75 Linear Feet


The Thompson-Boling arena construction photograph collection houses the photographs that were taken during the planning, construction, and finalization of Thompson-Boling Arena. The Thompson-boling Arena, home to the University of Tennessee's men's and women's basketball teams and the Lady Volunteer volleyball team, was first put in use during the 1987-88 sports season after its construction.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Thompson-Boling arena is named for B. Ray Thompson, Tennessee coal magnate and patron of the arena, and former U.T. president Dr. Edward J. Boling. The construction of the arena and the images from the collection span from early stages of development in 1983 to the finalization of the structure in 1987. Currently, with both the Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Volunteers basketball teams consistently in the top 25, Thompson–Boling Arena has received much attention as a premier college basketball facility. In addition, when UT sports are out of season, events and concerts are held in the arena.

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