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. This research guide identifies special collections materials related to Knoxville performance arts and motion picture theaters, from 1872 to the present.
The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections. To find more materials on a specific topic:
Use the following to locate general information on the prominent people, places, and organizations of Knoxville's history.
There are several search terms to use when looking for materials, for example: Knoxville and Theater. Combining some terms can help return more relevant results.
The Special Collections online finding aids are indexed using Library of Congress headings. Some relevant headings include: