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The University of Tennessee Archives Collection Overview: Student Life

This research guide highlights primary sources and research materials regarding the University of Tennessee Archives. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and digital collections.

Special Collections and University Archives

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

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Archives Collections

black and white group portrait of the University of Tennessee Majorettes. 8 women pictured. University of Tennessee Majorettes

Office of the University Historian Collection, 1819-1996 (AR.0015)
This collection houses a wealth of papers, clippings, ephemera, photographs, and slides documenting the University of Tennessee system, including the campuses at Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Martin, and Chattanooga. Although the earliest images date from the 1820s, the bulk of the material shows the University from the 1870s onward.

Records and Memorabilia regarding Student Organizations and Activities, 1838-1991 (AR.0017, AR.0064)
This collection houses a variety of materials documenting student activities and organizations at the University of Tennessee.

Student Affairs and Organizations Collection, 1988-2001 (AR.0597)
This collection is composed primarily of newspaper articles (taken mainly from the Daily Beacon and the Knoxville News-Sentinel documenting student organizations, publications, fraternities and sororities, and Senior Gift. 

University of Tennessee Photograph and Slide Collection, circa 1820s-circa 1990 (AR.0018)
This collection houses photographs and slides documenting the University of Tennessee from its beginnings as Blount College in 1794 through the 1990s.

Rare Books

One More for the Hill. 1990 (LD5296.B38 1990)

To Foster Knowledge: A History of the University of Tennessee, 1794-1970. 1984 (LD5293.M594 1984)

University of Tennessee. 2007 (LD5293.P87 2007)

Digital Resources