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Office of the President Records

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0142

This collection houses correspondence, reports, and other materials documenting the daily activities of the University of Tennessee System, including the branch campuses of Chattanooga, Martin, and Memphis. Among the subjects covered are the Board of Trustees, legal and economic issues, campus development, audits, technology, and student issues and organizations. Joseph E. Johnson was the President of the University at the time these records were created.

Some materials, particularly those noted as on bookshelf, are absent from the collection. They are mentioned in the file as being located on Marty's Bookshelf.

Dates

  • 1989-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1994-1998

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

73.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses correspondence, reports, and other materials documenting the daily activities of the University of Tennessee System, including the branch campuses of Chattanooga, Martin, and Memphis. Among the subjects covered are the Board of Trustees, legal and economic issues, campus development, audits, technology, and student issues and organizations. Joseph E. Johnson was the President of the University at the time these records were created.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Edwin Johnson was born in Vernon, Alabama, on July 9, 1933. He graduated from Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Alabama in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science in 1955 from Birmingham-Southern College and a certificate in Public Administration in 1956 from the Southern Regional Training Program. He received a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in 1960 and a Doctorate in Education in 1968 with a major in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key Honor Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa. From 1956-1958 he served as a Sergeant in the United States Army.

Johnson worked as a research assistant for the University of Tennessee's Bureau of Public Administration from 1958 to 1960, during which time he published studies on property tax assessment and property tax collection in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee. He also began working at the University of Tennessee as an instructor and research associate in 1958. Since then, he has worked as Senior Budget Analyst and Executive Assistant to Governor Buford Ellington (1960-1963), Executive Assistant to the President of the University of Tennessee to President Andrew Holt (1963-1969), Chancellor of the University of Tennessee's Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis (1970-1973), and Vice President for Development at UT (1970, 1973-1991). Johnson served as the 19th President of the University of Tennessee from 1991 until his retirement in 1999. In 2003-2004 he returned for a brief period as interim president.

Arrangement

This collection consists of forty-nine boxes divided into twenty-one series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), 1991-1999
  2. Series II: University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Men's /Women's Athletics, 1994-1998
  3. Series III: University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Men's Athletics, 1994-1998
  4. Series IV: University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Women's Athletics, 1994-1998
  5. Series V: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), 1994-1998
  6. Series VI: The Southeastern Conference (SEC), 1994-1998
  7. Series VII: Johnson, 1994-1998
  8. Series VIII: Board of Trustees, 1994-1998
  9. Series IX: Development, 1994-1998
  10. Series X: 21st Century Campaign, 1994-1998
  11. Series XI: Alumni, 1994-1999
  12. Series XII: University Wide Administration, 1989-1998 (bulk 1994-1998)
  13. Series XIII: Legislative, 1994-1998
  14. Series XIV: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1994-1998
  15. Series XV: University of Tennessee Space Institute, 1994-1998
  16. Series XVI: University of Tennessee Medical Center, 1994-1998
  17. Series XVII: University of Tennessee at Martin, 1994-1998
  18. Series XVIII: University of Tennessee at Memphis, 1994-1998
  19. Series XIX: Congratulatory Letters, 1994-1998
  20. Series XX: Institute of Agriculture, 1994-1998
  21. Series XXI: Newsclips, 1994-1998

Acquisition Note

The Office of the President transferred these records to the University of Tennessee Archives.

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