The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is a research library located in the East Tennessee History Center of Downtown Knoxville. The institution was established in 1921 to act as the genealogy and history branch of the Knox County Public Library system, and it provides support for the preservation and research of genealogy in East Tennessee. The McClung collection preserves a large collection of books, printed genealogies, microfilm records, photographs, and manuscripts of East Tennessee Families, and it is an essential resource to anyone interested in East Tennessee genealogy.
The McClung collection's materials are non-circulating, and they are not available to be interlibrary loaned. Outside of limited online access to their materials, a physical visit is required to view items in the collection. The McClung collection is open to the general public, and more in-depth research consultations are available by appointment.
In support of independent local genealogy research, the Calvin M. McClung Collection provides a variety of workshops on the topic. The courses range in skill level from beginner to advanced, and they are an invaluable resource for those interested in researching their ancestry. Class size for these workshops is limited, and pre-registration is required for most classes.