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Andrew Holt Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0007

This collection houses publications, drafts, official papers, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials documenting Andrew Holt's military service, tenure as President of the National Education Association, and term as President of the University of Tennessee. Issues Holt dealt with at U.T. include academic freedom, athletics, integration, U.T. Martin, student life, and finances.

Dates

  • 1943-1970

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

49 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses publications, drafts, official papers, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials documenting Andrew Holt's military service, tenure as President of the National Education Association, and term as President of the University of Tennessee. Issues Holt dealt with at U.T. include academic freedom, athletics, integration, U.T. Martin, student life, and finances.

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew David Holt Jr. was born to Andrew David and Mary Elizabeth Brown Holt on December 4, 1904 in Milan, Tennessee. He completed his undergraduate work at Emory University, after which he began working in primary and secondary education. In 1937, he completed his PhD degree at Columbia University's Teacher's College and began working as Executive Secretary for the Tennessee Education Association (TEA). He held this position until 1950, interrupted only by two years spent serving in World War II. While working for the TEA, Holt became dedicated to the cause of improving Tennessee's public education system and proved instrumental in instituting a retirement system for teachers and a statewide sales tax to support education.

In 1950, Holt came to the University of Tennessee to serve as Executive Assistant to President Brehm. In 1953, he was promoted to Vice-President, and was finally made President in 1959. He remained in this position until 1970. Holt proved to be one of the University's most enthusiastic and productive presidents: during his tenure, enrollment tripled, faculty and staff doubled, state appropriations rose over 400%, and numerous new institutions and institutional relationships were established. Holt was also extremely popular: known as a kind, modest, and religious man, he proved to be an extremely effective goodwill ambassador for and consensus builder within the University. As one administrator put it, Andy could get people to work themselves to death for him. He was forever telling everybody how good they were. Holt died in Knoxville on August 7, 1987.

Arrangement

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

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Scrapbooks, 1950 August-1965 December
  2. Series II: Papers Regarding Professional Activities, 1958-1969
  3. Series III: Publications, 1949-1970
  4. Series IV: The Struggle for a State System of Public Schools in Tennessee
  5. Series V: Military Service, 1943-1945
  6. Series VI: National Education Association Presidency, 1947-1950
  7. Series VII: General Correspondence and Related Materials, 1950-1959
  8. Series VIII: Addition: General Correspondence and Related Materials 1959-1970, undated

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