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Office of the University Historian Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0015
This collection houses papers, press clippings, ephemera, photographs, and slides documenting the University of Tennessee System, including campuses at Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Martin, and Chattanooga. Although the earliest images date from the 1820s, the bulk of the material shows the University from the 1870s onward.

Dates

  • 1819-1996 (bulk 1870s-1980s)

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

80 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses papers, press clippings, ephemera, photographs, and slides documenting the University of Tennessee System, including campuses at Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Martin, and Chattanooga. Although the earliest images date from the 1820s, the bulk of the material shows the University from the 1870s onward.

Biographical/Historical Note

Milton Martin Klein was born on August 15, 1917, in New York City. He earned his BS (1937) and MS (1939) at the City College in New York and his PhD (1954) at Columbia University in New York. Before coming to the University of Tennessee, Klein was a lecturer in history at Columbia University (1954-1957), chair of the Department of History at Long Island University (1958-1962), dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Long Island University (1962-1966), and dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the State University of New York College at Fredonia (1966-1969). Klein joined the University of Tennessee faculty as a history professor in 1969. He was honored as the Alumni Distinguished Service Professor (1977-1985) and as the Lindsay Young Professor of History (1980-1985). After Klein's official retirement in 1985, he served as the University Historian (1988-1997). Milton Klein died on June 10, 2004, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Klein wrote a number of books during his career, including Social Studies for the Academically Talented Student (1960), The Politics of Diversity: Essays in the History of Colonial New York (1974), The American Whig: William Livingston of New York (1990), and Volunteer Moments: Vignettes of the History of the University of Tennessee, 1794-1994 (1994).

Arrangement

This collection consists of 91 boxes divided into 28 series:

Series XXVI

  1. Series I: Departments and Special Programs
  2. Series II: Buildings
  3. Series III: Indices, Directories, and General Publications
  4. Series IV: Student Life
  5. Series V: Race Relations
  6. Series VI: Student Unrest
  7. Series VII: Symbols
  8. Series VIII: UT History
  9. Series IX: Deeds to the University
  10. Series X: Women's Issues
  11. Series XI: UT Athletics
  12. Series XII: Chancellor's and President's Reports
  13. Series XIII: Commencement Material
  14. Series XIV: Administration and Presidents' Terms
  15. Series XV: Faculty/Staff Relations
  16. Series XVI: Statistics
  17. Series XVII: Faculty/Staff Biographies
  18. Series XVIII: Interviews
  19. Series XIX: Alumni
  20. Series XX: Board of Trustees
  21. Series XXI: Tennessee Personalities
  22. Series XXII: Other UT Campuses
  23. Series XXIII: UT and the Outside World
  24. Series XXIV: Photos
  25. Series XXV: Slides
  26. Series XXVI: Promotional Publications
  27. Series XXVII: Negatives
  28. Series XXVIII: Oversize

Acquisition Note

The Office of the University Historian transferred these papers to the University of Tennessee's Archives in 1997.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult AR.0018: University of Tennessee Photograph and Slide Collection, circa 1820s-circa 1990s.

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