James E. (Jim) Thompson (1881-1976) was one of Knoxville’s pioneer commercial and professional photographers. He captured a rich visual legacy of East Tennessee from 1907 to 1960. This growing digital collection will eventually contain 10,000 images covering the years from the early 1920s to mid-1930s.
The Thompson Photograph …
During the celebration of Knox County’s two hundredth birthday in 1992, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knox County Public Library System copied over 3,000 photographs owned by over 230 Knox County citizens and organizations. The aim of the project was to collect as large a body of photographs as possible documenting …
Women from East Tennessee played a critical role in the women’s suffrage movement, especially Lizzie Crozier French, Mrs. Hugh L. White and Abby Crawford Milton. The Harry T. Burn Papers related to his decisive vote in favor of women’s suffrage in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1920 is a key component of this collection.
The McClung Historical Collection has a large number of small photograph collections, as well as manuscript collections with unusual and interesting photographs included in them. The Selected Photographs digital collection highlights some of these photographs.
These photographs from Hugh Tyler's album include photos of James Agee and his mother’s family, some of the few surviving photographs from the time immediately after Agee's father’s death. The photograph album has 37 pages and contains mostly family snapshots. Some photographs appear to have been removed from the album …
Our digital collection is an online archive of images from the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. This website makes it easy and fun to research, view and find compelling digital images and artifacts from our rich East Tennessee history.
To begin, use the Advanced Search or Browse All features to view items in the collection. Throughout your search, you can get help with search functions by clicking the help link in the top navigation bar.
You will find more information about each collection in the About section of our website.
Each item, whether it is a photograph, manuscript, or printed item, has a catalog record with many searchable terms. Some manuscript and print items also have a full-text searchable transcript. A general search may pull up many more items than would be desirable to review. A more limited pool of responses may be located by limiting the search to one or two collections. Using quotations around phrases pulls up any record with either word. If you want to find an exact phrase, such as Fountain City, use the Advanced Search feature and type the entire phrase in the box “the exact phrase.” That search will bring up only records with the phrase you are seeking.
Photo usage or reproduction inquiries, contact: DigitalCollections@knoxlib.org.