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This research guide highlights primary sources and research materials regarding authors in Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, and photographs.


Special Collections, located on the first floor in Hodges Library, preserves and provides access to rare and unique materials that support instruction and research at the University of Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, and digital collections.

Tennessee has been home to many notable writers, including James Agee, Nikki Giovanni, Evelyn Scott, and Allen Tate. This research guide identifies special collections materials by prominent poets, authors, historians, and essayists that lived in Tennessee or wrote wrote about the region.

The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to selected authors whose works are available in our collections. To find more materials:

Visit the Special Collections finding aid database at

Visit the library catalog at


American literature -- Southern States
American literature -- Southern States – Bibliography
Authors, American – Tennessee
Authors, American – Tennessee -- Biography
Poets, American -- Tennessee
Poets, American -- Tennessee -- Biography
Tennessee Authors
Tennessee, East -- In literature
Tennessee Writers

General Reference Resources

Other Notable Authors

Adams, Deborah
Boyle, Virginia Frazer
Bradford, Roark
Cable, George Washington
Caldwell, Mary French
Crabb, Alfred
Foote, Shelby
Ford, Jesse Hill
Fort, John Porter
Harris, George Washington
Krutch, Joseph Wood
Mcdonald, Gregory
Milton, George Fort
Rothrock, Mary
Steele, William O.
Thornburgh, Laura

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