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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (N.C. and Tenn.).

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Allen R. Coggins Collection

Identifier: MS-3891

Materials from Allen Coggins' research in writing his book Place Names of the Smokies as well as from his time as a tour guide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Also included are his personal library and photograph collection related to the GSMNP.

Dates: 1885-2014

Camp LeConte for Boys Yearbooks

Identifier: MS-3889

This collection consists of three yearbooks from the Camp LeConte for Boys in Elkmont, Tennessee from 1938 to 1940. The yearbooks proclaim the camp as the only boys' camp in a national park, and includes information on the camp staff, facilities, procedures, and activities such as hiking and archery. The yearbooks also include a roster of boys who attended the camp.

Dates: 1938-1941

Carson Brewer Articles

Identifier: MS-2048

Carson Brewer wrote these columns for the Knoxville News-Sentinel on such subjects as Knoxville, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the people and communities of the Smoky Mountains region, and the Tennessee Valley Authority between the 1940s and the 1980s.

Dates: circa 1925-1994 September 29 (bulk 1949 June 6-1994 September 29)

East Tennessee Automobile Club Letter

Identifier: MS-1906

Collection consists of a single letter written by Mary Coleman of the East Tennessee Automobile Club to Herbert P. Carl regarding the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Dates: 1930 September 12

Elkmont Papers and Photographs

Identifier: MS-3924

Collection contains material related to the history and preservation of the town of Elkmont, Tennessee. Papers in the collection include correspondence and member rosters from the Appalachian Club, maps, newspaper articles, and advertisements for the Wonderland Hotel. Also included are photographic prints and negatives of the area.

Dates: 1930 January 31-2014 August

Fink Mountain Days Manuscript

Identifier: MS-3853
Abstract The collection consists of a typed manuscript, written in 1960 in Jonesboro, Tennessee, by mountaineer and Tennessee historian Paul Fink, entitled “Mountain Days. A Journal of Camping Experiences in the Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. 1914-1938.” An early draft of his 1975 book, Backpacking was the only way, the journal details his experiences exploring the Smoky Mountains and includes accounts of how he helped developed the Appalachian Trail...
Dates: 1960

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Commission Records

Identifier: MS-1323

This collection houses the records of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Commission dating from 1947 to 1960. Among the subjects discussed are roads, accessibility, and legal issues.

Dates: 1947-1960

H. M. Jennison Letter

Identifier: MS-0851

In this letter to Harvey Broome, H. M. Jennison reports that he hopes that he can help Dr. Cahn find what he is looking for, although he cannot make predections because the weather has been screwy. Jennison also sends information about the state of several plant species in the park, including Trillium luteum, Phlox stolonifer, and Phacelia fimbriata.

Dates: 1936 April 22

Harold Ray Payne Collection

Identifier: MS-3904

This collection documents the work of Harold Ray Payne with the Great Smoky Mountains. Included are papers, notebooks, reports, and books on several projects by Payne such as Elkmont preservation, Wonderland Hotel, and North Shore Road. There is some correspondence with representatives regarding funding and papers regarding legislation.

Dates: 1959-2016

J. Fred Baumann Papers Regarding Elkmont, Tenn.

Identifier: MS-2053
Abstract This collection houses correspondence, minutes, sketched maps, membership lists, newspaper articles, bylaws, deeds, wills, rough architectural drawings, photographs, and a VHS tape documenting the Elkmont community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The bulk of the material dates from the 1980s and 1990s and documents the National Park Service's struggle to evict the area's residents so that the structures could be razed and the land returned to its natural state. Also included...
Dates: 1839-1999

John Peine Collection

Identifier: MS-2029

The John Peine Collection houses drafts, reports, proposals, letters, and memoranda documenting various issues affecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Dates: 1982-1990

Leroy G. Fox Collection

Identifier: MS-2051
Abstract This collection houses articles, assessments, brochures, correspondence, magazines, maps, newsletters, newspaper articles, notes, minutes, plans, reports, photocopies, and more documenting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains organizations, including the Great Smoky Mountain Park Commission and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. The collection is broken down into eight series: personal materials, publications, articles, plans, organizations, places, subjects, and...
Dates: 1927-1999

Lynn Faust Papers Regarding Elkmont

Identifier: MS-3983

This collection consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, newsletters, publications, legal and financial documents, petitions, membership lists, and more for clubs, organizations, and historical notes related to the town of Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These documents are representative of Lynn Faust's participation in efforts to preserve Elkmont.

Dates: 1910-2017

Philip and Ruth Ewald Collection

Identifier: MS-2093

Philip and Ruth Ewald collected these newspapers, maps, and various proposals, reports, and recommendations documenting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The materials date from 1953 to 1984 and focus on a decision made in about 1965 to build a road on park land from Townsend to Bryson City. The collection also houses several drafts of a General Management Plan for the park and materials showing the discussion surrounding it.

Dates: 1953-1984

Ridley Wills Postcard Collection

Identifier: MS-3781
Abstract This collection consists of approximately 2800 postcards featuring the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina from the 1910s to the 1990s. The cards depict a variety of scenes, including iconic natural features, distinctive architecture, general landscapes, and popular tourist destinations. The predominant focus of this collection is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding areas including Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and the images on the postcards...
Dates: 1910s-1990s

Rising From the Ashes Oral History Collection

Identifier: MS-3935

This collection consists of both audio and video interviews concerning the Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains during 2016. Between 2017 and 2022, around 150 interviews were conducted with residents of Gatlinburg, government officials, emergency responders, researchers in various fields, and others impacted by the wildfires.

Dates: 2017-2022

Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires in Memory and Art

Identifier: MS-4030
Overview This collection consists of forty-one works of art created by three graphic artists with ties to East Tennessee. The artwork was intended to give artistic visual interpretation to the oral histories collected as part of the three-year initiative Rising from the Ashes: The Chimney Tops 2 Wildfires Oral History Project, completed in partnership with the City of Gatlinburg and the Anna Porter Public Library. It was created as part of a two-year project funded by the Our...
Dates: 2021-2022

Ruth Ewald Collection Regarding the Great Smoky Mountains

Identifier: MS-3522

This collection houses Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Handbooks, newsletters, pocket maps, and guides to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park assembled by Ruth Z. Ewald.

Dates: 1926-2009

Smith, Anne, 2020 June 11


Video interview with Anne Smith, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship with the University of Tennessee, conducted by Ken Wise. Smith reviews the report composed by the National Park Service after the wildfires and the structural challenges faced by organizations in a disaster. Conducted over Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dates: 2020 June 11

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Collection

Identifier: MS-3936

This collection documents the activities of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club from its inception in the 1920s through the 2010s. It includes materials such as correspondence, administrative files, photographs, handbooks, and more.

Dates: 1922-2019