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Lee Annis Papers

Identifier: MPA-0344

  • Staff Only

The Lee Annis collection consists of three half boxes containing a collection of newspaper and magazine articles dealing with Annis’s research, handwritten notes and interviews he conducted, and also a copy of the 1st Draft Seat to the University Press of America 1993; 7 small boxes of cards on which Annis wrote significant events in Baker's life with citations in some cases; 1 small box and 1 box of audio cassettes and a listing of the contents of the cassettes; and one half box of a pre-print copy of the book Tennessee Senators 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change.


  • 1966-1999


The material in this collection is in English

Conditions Governing Access

The Modern Political Archives are housed at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. Researchers interested in consulting the MPA collections are advised to contact the Modern Political Archives

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Modern Political Archives .


7 Linear Feet (4 half boxes, 8 boxes of index cards, 1 box)


This collection contains materials gathered by Lee Annis, Jr., for his biography of Howard Baker, titled Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis. These materials include transcripts of interviews Annis conducted with family and colleagues of Baker's, extensive research notes and news clippings. The collection also contains a pre-print copy of Annis's other book, Tennessee Senators 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change, miscellaenous research notes and documentation, and audio cassettees of Tennessee govenors' speeches and interviews.

Biographical/Historical Note

Lee Annis Jr., political science and history professor at Montgomery College in Maryland, has authored two books, Tennessee Senators 1911-2001: Portraits of Leadership in a Century of Change and Howard Baker: Conciliator in an Age of Crisis.

Howard Baker Jr. (November 15, 1925 - June 26, 2014) was a Tennessee Republican Senator and a Senate Majority Leader. He also served as White House Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan and was an ambassador to Japan. He was known as "The Great Conciliator" and was considered one of the most successful senators to facilitate compromises, enacting legislation, and maintaining civility.

Howard Baker: Conciliator in An Age of Crisis, first published in 1995, was the first authoritative biography of Howard Baker.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated December 8, 2004 by J. Lee Annis Jr. It was housed in Hoskins until 2008, where it was moved to the Baker Center. In 2012 it was transferred back under control of Special Collections. It was formerly accession number MPA 2012.131.

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