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Tom Siler Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1886

This collection includes personal material such as cards sent at Siler's death, awards, photographs, and articles about or by Siler. Sports files, football and basketball guides, and correspondence complete this collection reflecting the achievements and experiences of a well-respected man and journalist.

Dates

  • 1890-1986

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

27 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection includes personal material such as cards sent at Siler's death, awards, photographs, and articles about or by Siler. Sports files, football and basketball guides, and correspondence complete this collection reflecting the achievements and experiences of a well-respected man and journalist.

Biographical/Historical Note

Tom Siler, former Sports Editor of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, contributed greatly to the sports world and to society. Siler was a national celebrity and was known for his credibility and fairness in sports writing. Siler began his career working for the Associated Press and then the Chicago Sun. He also had articles published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post. Siler also had several books published including Tennessee: Football's Greatest Dynasty and Tennessee Cities and Towns, written after his retirement. Tom Siler stayed involved in UT Athletics and was fundamental in establishing a balanced all-sports program rather than the overwhelming football dominance.

Arrangement

Collection consists of 18 boxes divided into thirteen series: Awards and Honors; Personal and Biographical; Framed Photographs and Prints; Sports Files; University of Tennessee Football Files; Articles; Published and Unpublished Manuscripts; Newsletter and Newspaper Articles; University of Tennessee Athletic Files and Photographs; Various Publications; and Oversized Items.

Acquisition Note

This collection was a gift of Mrs. Tom Siler.

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