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Knoxville (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1893

This collection contains some awards given and received by the Chamber; pictures and slides of Knoxville and individual buildings and persons in the city; movie reels made for the Chamber about the city and the surrounding area; tax and salary records of the Chamber and Knoxville businesses; local publications collected by the Chamber relating mainly to industrial topics; papers relating to the American Enka Corporation; and the Chamber's involvement in the World's Fair in general and more specifically, papers relating to the World's Fair Lodging Services Referral Program.

The 13 boxes are accompanied by oversized awards, framed pictures, reels, ledgers, slide boxes, and a flag of the United States.

The portion of a box devoted tot he American Enka papers is of a particular interest because these papers date earlier than the other materials included in the Chamber of Commerce collection. Apparently, subscriptions were sold to local businesses to support the construction of the American Enka Corporation in Knoxville. The related subscription lists, bank books, correspondence, receipt books, and resolutions are included.

A folder-level description of this collection is available in the Special Collections reading room.

Dates

  • 1907-1985

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

25.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains some awards given and received by the Chamber; pictures and slides of Knoxville and individual buildings and persons in the city; movie reels made for the Chamber about the city and the surrounding area; tax and salary records of the Chamber and Knoxville businesses; local publications collected by the Chamber relating mainly to industrial topics; papers relating to the American Enka Corporation; and the Chamber's involvement in the World's Fair in general and more specifically, papers relating to the World's Fair Lodging Services Referral Program.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce spawned from the Board of Trade that was establish in 1869. The original goals were to try and get industrial plants to move into the city, promote educational plans, and mkae city improvements to try and get people to move to Knoxville. Today, the organization represents over 2,200 businesses.

Arrangement

Collection consists of 13 boxes plus oversized material.

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of Special Collections.

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