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Victor Ashe Papers

Identifier: MPA-0317

This collection consists of 80 linear feet of documents and audiovisual materials from the political career of Victor Ashe, and is divided into seven series. The bulk of the material is from Ashe's Tennessee State Offices and his 1984 Senatorial campaign against Al Gore, Jr.

Series I: Tennessee State Offices (1969-1986) contains documents from Ashe's terms as a Tennessee state representative and later senator. It includes information related to his campaign, sponsored bills, correspondence, and news clippings.

Series II: Saneate Campaign (1969-1984) contains documents relating to Ashe's unsuccessful campaign for Tennessee Senator in 1984. The bulk of materials are from 1983-1984, consisting of volunteer and contact information, county data, events, scheduling, correspondence, press releases and news clippings.

Series III: Mayoral Files (1989-2003) contains documents from Ashe's 16 years as Knoxville's longest-serving mayor. It includes documents on local issues, surveys, correspondence, and materials from Ashe's time with the United States Conference of Mayors.

Series IV: Board Files (2005-2014) contains documents pertaining to Ashe's service on the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Series V: Ambassador Files (2001-2009) contains documents relating to Ashe's time as the United States Ambassador to Poland, and includes events, programs, correspondence, Christmas cards, and more.

Series VI: Personal (1965-1987) contains documents including a biographical sketch of Ashe, papers and reports written by Ashe, correspondence, and other materials.

Series V: Audiovisual (1979-2009) consists of audiovisual materials from throughout Ashe's career, including campaign ads and media appearances, as well as three boxes of photographs.


  • 1965 - 2014

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.


80 Linear Feet (217 manuscript boxes, 7 audiovisual boxes, 3 photograph boxes)


The papers of former Tennessee state representative (1968-1974) and senator (1975-1984) Victor Ashe (born 1945). Ashe also served as Knoxville's mayor for sixteen years (1987-2003) and later as the United States Ambassador to Poland (2004-2009). Bulk of materials are from Ashe's time in Tennessee State Offices and from his 1984 Senate campaign.

Biographical/Historical Note

Victor Ashe was born in Knoxville in 1945. After graduating from Yale, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives at only 23 years old, and served three consecutive terms (1968-1974). In 1975, Ashe became the Tennessee State Senator from Knox County. He remained in the Tennessee Senate until 1984, at which point he ran an ultimately unsuccessful campaign against Al Gore, Jr. for the US Senate. Ashe was elected as mayor of Knoxville in 1987, and became Knoxville's longest-serving mayor, remaining in office until 2003. From 2004-2009, Ashe served as the United States' Ambassador to Poland. Ashe has also been an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors, serving as president of the organization from 1994-1995, and of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a bipartisan government agency that delivers and oversees international coverage of United States news.

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