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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

Barnabas Wood Papers

Identifier: MS-3459

This ledger houses the notes, essays, research, and observations of Dr. Barnabas Wood, a dental surgeon who lived in Nashville before the Civil War. His interests included (among other things) physiognomy, phrenology, slavery, spirituality, morality, botany, and zoology.

Dates: circa 1844-1850

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

Commission for Blacks Collection

Identifier: AR-0565

This collection contains materials documenting the Commission for Blacks at the University of Tennessee, an advisory group to the Chancellor designed to address issues affecting black faculty, staff, and students on campus. Materials include statements of goals, meeting agendas, correspondence, reports of complaints over racial issues, and other documents.

Dates: 1976-1999

Cyrus Foote Collection

Identifier: MS-2147

This collection consists of two letters that Union soldier Cyrus Foote, who was then serving with Company D of the 112th Illinois Infantry Regiment, wrote to his brother William from Camp Ella Bishop, Kentucky, in 1863.

Dates: 1863-1864

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

Essays on African American Education

Identifier: MS-0207

This collection contains two handwritten essays by James E. Tubb advocating industrial education, a form of general education and skill-based training proposed in the early 20th century by Booker T. Washington, to provide a foundation for African Americans to gain economic stability.

Dates: undated

Evening Star Editorials

Identifier: MS-3637
Abstract This newspaper clipping contains three editorials, none with signatures. The first affirms Mr. Harlan’s claims that Andrew Johnson supports "negro" (sic) suffrage, praises Johnson for his sympathy and honesty, and reminds readers that Andrew Jackson also supports this cause. The second announces that the Evening Star advocated ratifying the Constitutional Amendment because of financial gain, before calling on citizens to reject it as the forerunner of black...
Dates: circa 1868

Ex-Slave Bounty and Pension Association Certificate of Membership

Identifier: MS-1553

This certificate of membership in the Ex-Slave Bounty and Pension Association of Tennessee was issued to Rollie Johnson of Loudon, Tennessee in 1898. According to the certificate, membership fees ($0.25) are used to aid in the passage of the Ex-Slave Bounty and Pension Bill and monthly dues ($0.10) go to aid the ex-slave movement and raise funds to promote the passage of the aforesaid bill.

Dates: 1898 November 11

Fentress County Democratic and Conservative Meeting Minutes

Identifier: MS-1408
Abstract These minutes from the Democratic and Conservative Meeting held at the Fentress County Courthouse on September 7, 1874 discuss the meeting purpose which was to select delegates to represent them at the Congressional Convention (to be held in Carthage on October 1, 1874), at the Senatorial Convention (to be held in Crossville on September 18, 1874), and at the convention to nominate a candidate to the Legislature (if one should be held). The group argues that it is of the most vital...
Dates: 1874 September 7

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

James Agee's The Quiet One Reel-to-Reel Audiotape

Identifier: MS-3142

This collection houses a reel-to-reel audiotape of James Agee's The Quiet One. The documentary film, for which Agee wrote commentary, was released in 1948.

Dates: undated

Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies Sheet Music

Identifier: MS-2928

This collection consists of several loose pages of sheet music from Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies.

Dates: 1884

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

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