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Knoxville History (Special Collections): Home

This research guide identifies materials and resources in Special Collections related to prominent people, places, and organizations in and around Knoxville.

Special Collections: Getting Started

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 prominent people, places, and organizations in the Knoxville area.

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:

General Resources

Use the following to locate general information on the prominent people, places, and organizations of Knoxville's history.

Search Terms

There are several search terms to use when looking for materials, for example: Knoxville. 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:

Knoxville (Tenn.)
Knoxville (Tenn.) -- History
Knoxville (Tenn.) -- Pictorial works
Knoxville (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs
Knoxville (Tenn.) -- Societies and clubs
Theater -- Tennessee -- Knoxville
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
World's Fair of 1982 (Knoxville, Tenn.)

General Information to Get Started

Knoxville Miscellany: People, Places, and Events in Old Knoxville. 1934 (F444 .K7 A552 2008)
Heart of the Valley: a History of Knoxville, Tennessee. 1976 (F444 .K7 E28)
A Woman's Word. 1980 (HG1101 .U55)
Two Hundred Years of Black Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1791-1991. 1993 (F444 .K7 B66 1993)
Knoxville. 2004 (F444 .K7 H66 2004)

Special Collections Subject Guides

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