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A Skin Game Photograph

Identifier: MS-3122

This collection houses one photograph, titled "A Skin Game," depicting three African-American men playing (and humorously cheating at) a game of poker. Information printed on the photograph itself reads "Copyright 1896 by Knaffl & Bro, Knoxville, Tenn."

Dates: 1896

Alex Haley Papers

Identifier: MS-1888

This collection houses manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, cassette tapes, videotapes, trial transcripts, and other materials documenting Alex Haley's literary career. Of particular interest are those materials showing Haley's Roots and the subsequent plagiarism trials related to the book.

Dates: 1870-1991

Civil Rights Collection

Identifier: MS-0334
Abstract The Civil Rights Collection brings together papers and publications from individuals and organizations, as well as over fifty hours of taped interviews with civil rights participants. Individuals include Charles Haynie, Buford Posey, Sidney Redmond, Walter and Elizabeth Rogers, and Claude Williams, among others. Organizations include ACLU, CORE, SCEF, SRC, and several others. The collection includes a wealth of pamphlets, organized by topic, and newsletters, organized by title. Documents...
Dates: 1910-1979

Dr. C. S. Boyd Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-2129
Abstract This collection consists of 55 photographs of African-Americans in the Knoxville, Tenn. area during the early 20th century. Many are of Dr. Charles S. Boyd, his dental office, and his family. Others include other individual or group portraits and school photographs. Most of the photographs are either mounted for framing or enclosed in the paper envelopes provided by the photographer. Several include writing on them identifying the individual(s) shown and/or the studio that created the image....
Dates: 1913, 1924, undated

Gray Cemetery Memorandum of Interments

Identifier: MS-0355

This collection is made up of Gray Cemetery's original memorandum of interments covering the years 1851 to 1877. The back portion of the ledger includes a separate list of African Americans that were buried in the cemetery during the same time period.

Dates: 1851-1877

Helen Mae Lennon Hospital Record Book

Identifier: MS-3509

This 248-page ledger book appears to be a nurse's patient record for the Helen Mae Lennon Hospital. Each entry includes the date, the patient's name, treatment instructions or progress, and a doctor's signature. Treatments are varied, but often feature castor oil, soda bicarb, soft diet, bed rest, and hot water bottles. Doctors' signatures include E. F. Lennon, M. L. Boyd, and S. M. Clark.

Dates: 1923 January 6-1928 November 11

Knoxville College Slide

Identifier: MS-1974

This collection houses a single magic lantern, or primitive projection, slide depicting Knoxville College's 1930 Junior class play.

Dates: 1930

Knoxville Theatres: Vaudeville and Celluloid, 1872-1981

Identifier: MS-1046
Abstract W. W. Baumann compiled this four page typed manuscript entitled Knoxville Theatres: Vaudeville and Celluloid, 1872-1981 on April 28, 1981. In it, he lists Knoxville's theaters, their addresses, possible names changes, number of seats available, and year closed. Also mentioned in this listing are other auditoriums and halls used for public entertainment (including facilities at the University of Tennessee) and which venues were open to African-American patrons...
Dates: 1981 April 28

Lane College Baseball Team Photograph

Identifier: MS-3931

Collection contains a single mounted photograph of the 1912 Lane College baseball team. The image depicts thirteen African American men including ten uniformed players and three men in suits. This photograph belonged to Arthur Riley, the catcher for the team. On the back of the mounting, the names of the players and their positions are written.

Dates: 1912

M. McKay Bonner Papers

Identifier: MS-1642

This collection houses correspondence, theater programs, circulars, scripts, musical compositions, reviews, minutes of club meetings, newspaper clippings, and personal photographs documenting the life and work of Malcolm McKay Bonner, an African-American man living in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1920s.

Dates: 1922 December 17-1970 April

McCrary & Branson Photographs of African-Americans

Identifier: MS-3313

This collection houses three novelty photographs of African-Americans created by Knoxville photographers McCrary & Branson in the late 1890s. They display caricatures of African-Americans that are offensive and should be considered sensitive material. One photograph includes a caption with a racial slur.

Dates: 1897-1898

Memphis World Photographs

Identifier: MS-3181
Abstract This collection consists of 59 black and white photographs from the 1950s and 1960s. 22 photographs are dated. Almost all of the photographs were taken in Memphis, but one is from Virginia. The photographs were probably collected by the Memphis World. A significant number of the photographs show university professors, men in uniform, and religious leaders. The photographs include images of Dr. Deborah Cannon Partridge, Horace Mann Bond, Fred Valentine, Reverend Varnado of Memphis inspecting...
Dates: 1952-1964

Oliver Campbell Wallace Family Papers

Identifier: MS-3299

This collection houses notebooks, photographs, clippings, certificates, and biographical information documenting Oliver Campbell Wallace and his immediate family.

Dates: circa 1870s-1987

Sally Jackson Letters

Identifier: MS-3404

Sarah Sally (Wells) Jackson wrote these letters between 1969 and 1970 while she was a new schoolteacher and librarian for Knoxville City Schools' Fair Garden School. In these letters, Wells highlights her experiences looking for and securing employment at the school, the trials and tribulations of running the school's library, and her home life with husband James J. J. Jackson, an employee of Miller's Department Store.

Dates: 1969-1970

"Shall the Circle Be Not Broken: A History of the Circle Park Community"

Identifier: MS-1643

"Shall the Circle Be Not Broken: A History of the Circle Park Community" was written by Andrew C. Wicks for Dr. Bruce Wheeler's Knoxville History course at the University of Tennessee during spring quarter of 1985. The collection also features photocopies of maps of Circle Park as well as Wheeler's notes about the paper.

Dates: 1985

Solomon Porter Petition

Identifier: MS-3330
Abstract This petition to the County Court of Shelby County, Tennessee was prepared by an unknown lawyer on behalf of a free man of color named Solomon Porter. Porter, a native of Tennessee, assures the court that he desires to seek employment in Shelby County in order to adequately support his family. He hopes to remain in the area so that his numerous acquaintances may assist him in finding employment, aided by his industry, sobriety, and honesty. The document is signed by Porter and a notation on...
Dates: circa 1844

Union League of America Circular

Identifier: MS-3584

This circular was distributed before the Tennessee gubernatorial election of 1868 in order to explain why the Conservative Party of Tennessee and their candidate, Emerson Etheridge, should be neither elected nor believed.

Dates: circa 1867

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