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Bob Clement Oral History

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MPA-0348

  • Staff Only

The collection consists of recorded interviews with Bob Clement, wife Mary Clement, and daughters Rachel and Elizabeth, as well as interview transcripts and some supplemental materials.

Box 1 contains interview recordings on cassette tape, identified by interviewee and date.

Box 2 contains interview recordings on compact disc, identified by interviewee and date.

Box 3 contains interview recordings on both compact disc and cassette tape, identified by interviewee and date.

Box 4 contains miscellaneous materials, including a VHS tape and a microcassette tape both labelled "Clement" with no further identifying information.

Box 5 contains interview transcripts, separated by date and interviewee, and supplemental materials including a biographical sketch of Clement.


  • 2006


The material in this collection is in English

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1.75 Linear Feet (4 audiovisual boxes of varying size, 1 manuscript box.)


The Bob Clement Oral History is a project conducted by University of Tennessee doctoral students Travis Hardy and Aaron Crawford.

The collection includes recordings and transcripts of oral interviews with former Congressman Bob Clement and his family members. Focus is on Clement's long and varied career in public service, from his father's time as Tennessee's governor to his own positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority and terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Biographical/Historical Note

Throughout his long career as a public servant, Bob Clement (1943-) has held elected and appointed positions in a wide range of roles, including TVA director, college president, Public Service Commissioner, military officer, and, most notably, represented Tennessee's 5th District in the US House of Representative from 1988-2003. The son of Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement, Bob Clement showed his political acumen early when he became the youngest elected official in Tennessee history at age 29 when he defeated incumbent Hammond Fowler for a seat on the Public Service Commision in 1972. After an unsuccessful bid for the governorship in 1978, and a stint as president of Cumberland University, Clement was elected represent Tennessee's 5th District in Congress, a position held from 1988 until 2003. In 2007, Clement sought the mayorship of Nashville, coming in the 2nd in the general election before ultimately losing to Karl Dean in a runoff election.

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