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Tennessee Authors (Special Collections): General Special Collections Resources

This research guide highlights primary sources and research materials about prominent authors in Tennessee.

General Special Collections Resources

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 and related to these and other prominent poets, authors, historians, and essayists that lived in Tennessee or 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:

To find more information on locating primary sources, manuscripts, and archives material in Special Collections, please visit the Using Special Collection's SCOUT research guide, found at

Special Collections and University Archives

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Special Collections
121 Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996

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