Finding Aids & Container Lists

The following collections are available in the Archives department located in Room 100 in the Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library.


Algood Family Collection
Henry Brooks Algood (1860-1934), a druggist who owned Algood Pharmacy in Cookeville, was the son of Joel Algood, for whom the town of Algood was named. His wife, Frances "Fannie" Crutcher Algood (1862-1936) traveled across the United States purchasing ladies' hats and accessories to sell to the women of Putnam County. This collection contains ledgers, financial records, receipts, and other materials that belonged to Henry and Fannie.
Finding Aid:  RG 123 Algood Family Collection


Alpha Lambda Delta Records
Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Academic Honor Society for Freshmen, founded its Tennessee Technological University chapter November 15, 1973. Comprised of textual records, the collection contains materials from various officer notebooks, past issues of the newsletter, The Flame, and a scrapbook made by members. Records date from 1973 to 2015, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1996-1998.
Finding Aid:  RG 104 Alpha Lambda Delta


Alumni Association Records
Documents related to the operation of the Office of Alumni Affairs 1927-83. Contains five boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 31 Alumni Association Records


Alvin C. York Research Collection
Personal and business papers of the Upper Cumberland Region's most famous citizen. Contains 15 boxes, video and audio tapes, photographs, clippings, and maps. Copies.
Finding Aid:  RG 20 Alvin C. York Papers


A.A. Cannella Papers
Documentation of Civil Engineering projects in the Upper Cumberland, consultancies, class notes and tests, articles, photographs and correspondence of A.A. Cannella's career as teacher, engineer and community activist. Collection contains 18 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 78 A.A. Cannella Papers


American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Papers
Documents relating to the history and accomplishments of the Tennessee Tech chapter of the American Association of University Professors 1968-1978. Contains five boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 51 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Papers


The Alfred H. Gill Papers
Two boxes of materials related to Tennessee politics and national politics in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Finding Aid:  RG 62 The Alfred H. Gill Papers


Ann Evins Collection
The papers of the wife of Congressman Evins, related to her civic and business interests. Contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 17 Ann Evins Collection


Arliss Roaden Papers
Papers related to the Presidency of Dr. Roaden at Tennessee Tech. Contains 14 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 26 Arliss Roaden Papers


Arthur Story Bushing Papers
Arthur Story Bushing (March 24, 1922 – October 29, 2008) spent much of his childhood in Jamestown, Tennessee, was a Maryville College alumnus, and a World War II Army veteran.  He returned from the service to the employ of his alma mater as an Assistant Professor, eventually serving as chair of the English Department and taking the role of Dean of Men.  Retiring in 1996, he remained active in the life of the college and pursued research interests.  Chief among those interests was the history surrounding his father, Arthur Samuel Bushing, who had served as Sergeant Alvin C. York’s personal secretary upon York’s return from Europe after World War I.  This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and photos passed down to him from his father, as well as the documentation of his own research and presentations of its findings in articles and speeches.
Finding Aid:  RG 125 Arthur Story Bushing Papers


Associated Student Body (ASB) Collection
Documents relating to the history of the Associated Student Body at Tennessee Tech. Contains one box.
Finding Aid:  RG 47 Associated Student Body (ASB) Collection


Bullington Collection
Legal papers related to the purchase of land for Center Hill Lake, Dale Hollow Lake, and Old Hickory Lake. Contains 94 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 16 Bullington Collection


Burnstand Cemetery Records
Papers regarding the removal of the graves in Burnstand Cemetery, once located on the Tennessee Tech Campus. Contains three boxes, maps, photographs, and death certificates.
Finding Aid:  RG 5 Burnstand Cemetery Records


Business Office Papers
Papers related to the operation of the Tennessee Tech Business Office. Contains four boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 24 Business Office Papers


C.P. Snelgrove Collection
Papers donated by the retired librarian relating to events at Tennessee Tech. Contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 32 C.P. Snelgrove Collection


Campus Buildings Specifications
Plans, blueprints, and construction details for various buildings on Tennessee Tech's campus. Contains 14 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 36 Campus Buildings Specifications


Charles Faulkner Bryan Papers
Personal and business papers, music scores, librettos, and recordings of Tennessee Tech's most famous composer. Contains eight file drawers, tapes, record volumes, and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 42 Charles Faulkner Bryan Papers


Charles Golden Papers
Personal, business, and professional papers of a distinguished educator. Contains nine boxes and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 50 Charles Golden Papers


Christine Spivey Jones Subject Files
These are materials acquired initially by Christine Jones during her course of work as a genealogist in Tennessee Tech archives. They include copies and originals of materials dealing with counties, notable families, and a variety of historical topics dealing with the Upper Cumberland. Subject files continue to be added from ongoing acquisitions. This collection also includes numerous scrapbooks from Thomas Jefferson Barnes relating to his family genealogy and dating from 1883-1986.
Finding Aid:  RG 116 Christine Spivey Jones


Colonel Herbert Houston Papers
Papers of a distinguished veteran and lobbyist. Contains 30 boxes, scrapbooks, volumes, photographs, and memorabilia.
Finding Aid:  RG 28 Colonel Herbert Houston Papers


Commission on the Status of Women Records
In 1987, Tennessee Technological University formed the Commission on the Status of Women to promote and provide for women on Tennessee Technological University’s campus in terms of safety, hiring and promotion, and educational offerings. Records include the founding documents and meeting minutes. The records date from 1987 - 2006.
Finding Aid:  RG 109 Commission on the Status of Women


Cookeville Arts Council Papers
Documents relating to the history, accomplishments, and operation of the Cookeville Arts Council, a clearinghouse for various artistic concerns in the area.
Finding Aid:  RG 57 Cookeville Arts Council Papers


Cookeville Production Credit Association Records
Papers relating to the history of the Cookeville branch of the Production Credit Association. Contains one box and framed memorabilia.
Finding Aid:  RG 48 Cookeville PCA Records


Cookeville Rotary Club Records
Bulletins, minutes, scrapbooks, histories, publications, reports and correspondence of the local Rotary Club 1955-2002. Collection contains 24 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 73 Cookeville Rotary Club Records


Cookeville Tree Board Records
Material related to the environmental and beautification efforts of this local group.
Finding Aid:  RG 67 Cookeville Tree Board Records


Cordell Hull Research Collection
Copies of materials about lawyer, soldier, judge, congressional representative, senator, and Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Contains seven boxes, audio and video tapes.
Finding Aid:  RG 35 Cordell Hull Collection


Cumberland Mountain Project Records
A cultural history of the Upper Cumberland Region done by the Upper Cumberland Institute for the Tennessee State Department of Parks. Contains seven boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 56 Cumberland Mountain Project Records


Department of Music Records
The Department of Music is located in the Bryan Fine Arts Center (BFA) at Tennessee Technological University. The building opened in 1981. The records date from 1981 to 2006, and contains grand opening publicity for the Bryan Fine Arts Center, along with sound recordings and publicity about awards and concerts within the department.
Finding Aid:  RG 111 Department of Music Records


Donald Caplenor Papers
Monographs, field notes, and studies by teacher, administrator, and scientist Dr. Donald Caplenor. Contains four boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 44 Donald Caplenor Papers


Dr. Angelo Volpe Collection
Four boxes of oral histories and DVDs concerning the presidency of Dr. Angelo Volpe.
Finding Aid:  RG 72 Dr. Angelo Volpe Collection


Dr. Gil Fernandez Papers
Materials related to Dr. Fernandez's career at Tennessee Tech. Contains minutes and papers related to his long service on the Art Committee. Collection contains five boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 79 Dr. Gil Fernandez Papers


Dr. Gordon Pennybaker Papers
Biological research, papers related to Dr. Pennybaker's work with the National Science Foundation. The NSF Summer Institutes for Teachers, and the Tennessee Academy of Science, class notes and papers related to his duties as chair of the Biology Department at Tennessee Tech. Collection contains 15 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 77 Dr. Gordon Pennybaker Papers


Dr. William Schrader Papers
Thirty-six boxes of records of administrative and academic councils and Faculty Senate.
Finding Aid:  RG 70 Dr. William Schrader Papers


Dyer Family Business Records
J. F. and Lex Dyer were physicians in Cookeville, TN. The collection contains mainly J. F. Dyer’s appointment books, along with minutes for the Board of Putnam County Medical Society from 1903 to 1917; and some of Lex Dyer’s appointment books.
Finding Aid:  RG 102 Dyer Family Business Records


Early Tennessee Polytechnic Institute Records
Early documentation of the business office activities at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute 1915-1951. Collection contains 14 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 84 Early TPI Records


Everett Derryberry Papers
Personal and business papers of Tennessee Tech's most distinguished president. Contains 113 boxes, tapes, and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 27 Everett Derryberry Papers


Faculty Senate Records
Minutes and records of the Tennessee Tech Faculty Senate 1981-1988. Contains seven boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 30 Faculty Senate Records


Frazier Moss Collection
Tapes and videos related to one of the greatest of the "Old Time Fiddlers". Contains one box, tapes, videos, and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 22 Frazier Moss Collection


Graduate School Records
Papers related to the establishment, growth, and certification of the Graduate Program at Tennessee Tech. Contains 30 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 19 Graduate School Records


Harding Studio Photographs
Records and materials related to a family photograph studio operated in Cookeville from about 1911-1974. Contains about 500,000 images. Glass plate negatives, acetate negatives, and prints. 17 antique cameras and assorted photo equipment are included. All examples are from glass plate negatives are dated before 1930.


Hermon Baggenstoss South Cumberland State Park Records
Two boxes of materials related to the development of the South Cumberland State Park and Savage Gulf Wilderness area in Tracy City, Tennessee.
Finding Aid:  RG 66 Hermon Baggenstoss South Cumberland State Park Records


Hix Stubblefield Photographs
Photographs and papers related to the long career of Journalism professor Hix Stubblefield. Collection contains eight boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 82 Hix Stubblefield Photographs


Information Services Records
Files, press releases, and photos from the University press service. Contains 76 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 52 Information Services Records


J.M. Hatfield Papers
Correspondence related to Putnam County in the early 20th century that includes information on the selection of the first president of Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Thomas Alva Early.
Finding Aid:  RG 69 J.M. Hatfield Papers


Joe Brooks Papers
Papers related to projects on the history, conservation and preservation of the Duck River Watershed. Collection contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 80 Joe Brooks Papers


Joe Frank Hudgens Papers
Personal and political papers relating to the career of local politician and businessman, Joe F. Hudgens. Contains two boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 37 Joe Frank Hudgens Papers


Joe L. Evins Papers
The family, business and congressional papers of one of the Upper Cumberland's most distinguished citizens. Highlights Evins' legal, military and political career. Contains 893 boxes, volumes, scrapbooks, audio and video tapes, photographs and memorabilia.
Finding Aid:  RG 1 Joe L. Evins Papers


John Holliday Papers
Court cases, legal documents, business papers and correspondence of John Holliday, lawyer, judge and business person 1906-1966. Collection contains ten boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 83 The John Holliday Papers


June P. Shelton Papers
Materials related to the history and contributions of women at Tennessee Tech. Contains one box.
Finding Aid:  RG 40 June P. Shelton Papers


Ken Porter Labor Collection
Collection of sources acquired by historian for publication.
Finding Aid:  RG 13 Ken Porter Labor Collection


Library Records
Registers and administrative documents related to the operation of the Tennessee Tech Library 1918-1988. Contains 17 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 29 Library Records


Lottie Farr Collection
Lottie Farr (1907-1994) was an English professor at Tennessee Tech University and worked with the College of Education. She was involved with the Putnam County Library and was treasurer for the Board of Trustees. Through the Department of English, she edited and copyrighted a collection of poetry by Clara Cox Epperson. The materials primarily date from 1970 to 1986, with the bulk of materials dating from 1970 to 1983. The materials consist of Putnam County Library records, book layouts and information, Clara Cox Epperson’s writings, negatives of the book, correspondences, and obituaries.
Finding Aid:  RG 58 Lottie Farr Papers


Lowe Family Papers
Robert W. Lowe and his wife, Mary Alice Whitson Lowe, were residents of Cookeville. Robert W. Lowe ran for U.S. Senator in 1938 as Executive Committeeman. He was a member of the Upper Cumberland Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and his wife was a member of the Old Walton Road Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). This collection contains family letters, including some from World War I, D. A. R. correspondence, bulletins, and 1938 campaign advertisements, dating from 1873 to 1946.
Finding Aid:  RG 103 Lowe Family Papers


Marie White Papers
Marie White (1890 – 1984) served as the State Chairman of the Home Economics Department at Tennessee Tech University from 1949 until 1961. The collection includes her degrees, commemorative plaques, and a letter book from the Home Economics staff, presented to White when she retired.
Finding Aid:  RG 02 Marie White Papers


Mastersingers Inc. Records
The Mastersingers was a choral group that was formed in 1977 by Mr. and Mrs. David Urness and Alice Derryberry in Cookeville, Tennessee. David Urness served as the Mastersingers first choral director. Although based at Tennessee Technological University, members are not required to be students. Many members come from Cookeville and surrounding areas. The records date from 1978 to 2014 and include ephemera, memorabilia, and the official records of the Mastersingers such as information on membership and singers, board member meetings, constitutions, budgets, and financial statements.
Finding Aid:  RG 101 Mastersingers Records


Mortar Board Honor Society Records
The Mortar Board Honor Society started at Tennessee Tech University in 1968, being officially recognized as the Gold Circle chapter on April 12, 1975. As a National College Senior Honor Society, they honor those who exemplify scholarship, leadership, and service. This collection contains photographs and textual records relating to activities and volunteer work of the chapter throughout Putnam County. The records date from 1968 to 2008.
Finding Aid:  RG 105 Mortar Board Honor Society


Myrtis Leonard Conry Diaries
Diaries of a local homemaker and civic leader 1921 - 1954. Collection contains one box.
Finding Aid:  RG 75 Myrtis Leonard Conry Diaries


David Narrie Rugby Team Collection
Photographs, programs, clippings and awards of the Rugby team 1973-1995. Collection contains one box.
Finding Aid:  RG 76 David Narrie Rugby Team Collection


Newspaper Collection
125 Tennessee and national newspapers dating from 1863-1980.
Finding Aid:  RG 12 Newspaper Collection


O.K. Holladay Papers
Documents relating to local business person, O.K. Holladay, and the bankruptcy of the Baxter Mercantile Co. in 1929. Contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 49 O.K. Holladay Papers


Omicron Delta Kappa Records
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, founded its Tennessee Tech University chapter in 1975. Comprised of textual records and photographs, the collection contains materials from the both the president and treasurers’ folders, along with various awards and recognitions of the Tennessee Tech chapter. The records date from 1991 - 2005.
Finding Aid:  RG 106 Omicron Delta Kappa


Oral History Collection
A large collection of taped interviews covering a wide range of subjects. Contains 19 boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 21 Oral History Collection


P.V. Overall Collection
Personal papers and scrapbooks of "Putty" Overall, long-time football coach at Tennessee Tech. Contains two boxes, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs.


Photo Services Photographs
About 300,000 plus images taken by Tennessee Tech Photographer between the years 1962-1992. Includes slides, transparencies, negatives and prints.


Pi Omega Pi Records
Records relating to the history, growth and development of the Business Education Honor Society.
Finding Aid:  RG 63 Pi Omega Pi Records


Presidents General Office Files
Fifty boxes of materials related to the organization and administration of the university.
Finding Aid:  RG 68 Presidents General Office Files


Presidents Papers
Files from the office of the University President, 1915-1980. Contains 404 boxes, photographs, bulletins, reports, scrapbooks, tapes, and films.
Finding Aid:  RG 9 Presidents Papers


Reba Bacon Collection
Documentation relating to the career of local teacher and artist, Reba Bacon, and her role in founding the Cumberland Arts Society and establishing the Ben-Lee Art Show. Contains six boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 55 Reba Bacon Collection


Richard Lukas Holocaust Collection
Richard Lukas' research from Central European and British Archives for his book, The Forgotten Holocaust. Contains six boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 18 Richard Lukas Holocaust Research


Roberts-Mooneyham UCMS Medical Collection
Forty-five boxes including medical equipment, reference books, publications and records relating to the Upper Cumberland Medical Society.
Finding Aid:  RG 60 Roberts-Mooneyham UCMS Medical Collection


State Board of Regents and Tennessee Board of Regents Records
108 boxes of materials related to the state agencies governing Tennessee Technological University.
Finding Aid:  RG 71 SBR and Tennessee Board of Regents Papers


Semester Transition Committee Records
Documents related to the University's change from the quarter system to semesters. Contains seven boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 34 Semester Transition Committee Records


Sidney McGee Papers
Personal, professional, and travel papers of retired language faculty, sports commentator, photographer, and civic leader. Contains 27 boxes, volumes, scrapbooks, maps and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 8 Sidney McGee Papers


Sycamore Shoals Collection
Five boxes of research and supporting materials related to the historic site in East Tennessee.
Finding Aid:  RG 64 Sycamore Shoals Collection


T.J. Farr Papers
T.J. Farr (1902-1962) was a history professor at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and a chairperson of the English and Education Departments. He was also involved with the Tennessee Folklore Society and gathered folklore from across the Upper Cumberland region, along with East Tennessee Folklore. The materials date from 1926 to 1961, with the bulk of materials dating from 1935. The materials consist of Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletins, correspondences, and membership materials; along with different folklore and superstitions he collected, and some personal attributes.
Finding Aid:  RG 59 T.J. Farr Papers


Tech Training School Parent Teacher Association Records
19 scrapbooks from the Tech Training School for the years 1942-1966 highlighting the events and the goals of the P.T.A.
Finding Aid:  RG 4 Tech Training School PTA Records


Tech Training School Records
The Tech Training School, also known as the Tech Campus School, was a kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school on Tech campus from 1948 to 1976 that functioned in agreement with the Putnam County School Board. The records date from 1949 to 1976, with the bulk of the records dating from 1965 to 1973, and include official records such as financial records and central files, along with photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 25 Tech Training School Records


Tennessee Conference of Linguistics Records
Papers of a professional organization that has since disbanded. Contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 53 Tennessee Conference of Linguistics Records


Tommy Burks Records
205 boxes of speeches, correspondence, publications and artifacts related to the career of Tennessee senator Tommy Burks.
Finding Aid:  RG 65 Tommy Burks Records


University Publications
Most, but by no means all, of the materials printed by the University, including: * The Eagle 1926-1996 (annuals) * The Oracle 1924-present (newspaper) * Bulletins 1916-1992 * Press releases, departmental newsletters, sports brochures, bulletins, and pamphlets are also included.


Upper Cumberland Institute Sterns Project Research Papers
Documents relating to the Sterns Coal and Lumber Company and its relationship to the Big South Fork Region of the Upper Cumberland. This study was conducted by the Upper Cumberland Institute for the Tennessee State Department of Conservation. Contains four boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 38 Upper Cumberland Institute Sterns Project Research


Vernon Gresham Papers
Papers and Artifacts related to the teaching career and military service of Dr. Gresham. Collection contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 81 Vernon Gresham Papers


Vivian Barnes Collection
Vivian Barnes attended Tennessee Tech and graduated in 1949 with a degree in accounting. She married H.S. Barnes, who attended Tech from 1936 to 1939. The materials include clippings from the Oracle, Tech’s student newspaper, and programs from different events, such as operas, plays, choral events, and symphony performances from 1935 to 1980, with most of the material dating from 1938 to 1966.
Finding Aid:  RG 3 Vivian Barnes Collection


Ward Draper Collection
Papers related to the accomplishments of civic leader Ward Draper. Contains one box.
Finding Aid:  RG 43 Ward Draper Collection


WCTE Video Tape Collection
Nine boxes of video copies of programs of significance to the university and the Upper Cumberland region.
Finding Aid:  RG 61 WCTE Video Tape Collection


Wilder-Davidson Collection
Documents relating to the documentary by Dr. Homer Kemp on the violent coal strike at Wilder and Davidson in Fentress County. Contains 31 boxes, oral histories, videos and photographs.
Finding Aid:  RG 41 Wilder-Davidson Collection

Collection examples:  Wilder-Davidson Collection Examples


William Brinker Collection
Interviews and photographs for Dr. Brinker's book on the Viet Nam War. The collection contains three boxes.
Finding Aid:  RG 74 The William Brinker Collection

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