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Martha Ragland Collection

Identifier: MPA-0119

The collection contains a file of newspaper clippings, personal correspondence, and campaign literature covering the 1948 primary and general election of Estes Kefauver's first Senate campaign. Along with this is a scrapbook kept by Martha Ragland while she was chairman of the State Women's Division for the 1948 primary and general election. In it is a memo written in January, 1977 describing her involvement in the campaign and her memories of it. A button collection of various Kefauver campaigns is also included. These papers are a valuable addition to the political records of Estes Kefauver.


  • 1948

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2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Biographical/Historical Note

Martha Ragland lived in Knoxville for ten years on Cumberland Avenue and then on Frances Street. Both of her children were born in Knoxville. During the time of the 1948 Kefauver campaigns she lived in Chattanooga where she was a prominent and dynamic leader in civic, church, and political affairs. She resigned from her leadership role in the League of Women Voters to take on the chairmanship of the State Women's Division after being asked to serve by Estes Kefauver. Her husband, Tom Ragland, was president of Mountain City Mills. Following her education at Vanderbilt University, where she earned her A. B. and M. A. degrees, she did research work and co-authored a book with Professor Ellsworth Huntingdon of Yale University, entitled After Three Centuries.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as MS.0883.

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