UT Libraries News

Center for the Study of War and Society Receives Grant, Estate Gift

A federal grant and a gift from a veteran’s estate will help further the work of UT’s Center for the Study of War and Society. The center in partnership with UT Libraries has received a grant of about $19,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission toward the cost of digitizing 167 oral histories of World War II veterans from the center’s collection to put them online.

UT Libraries Marks Battle of Fort Sanders with Lecture, New Digital Collection

UT Libraries will commemorate the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders, the 1863 climactic clash in the siege of Knoxville during the Civil War, with a lecture Thursday, November 14, by Tracy McKenzie, author of the authoritative book on the subject, Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War.

Campus to Celebrate Veterans Day with Roll Call, Flag Garden and Library Display

UT will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university will also create a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries will set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia. Members of the campus community are invited to place a flag in the flag garden in honor of a veteran. Flags can be reserved free of charge online.

Literature Center to Host Best-Selling, Globetrotting Author Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys, who now lives in Nashville, is a former music industry executive and world traveler who has been knighted by the President of Lithuania. She’s also a best-selling author. Sepetys will be at UT on Tuesday, October 8, to talk about her two best-selling books for young adults. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and the Knox County Public Library.

UT Libraries Displays Mementos, Digitizes Diary from First Denali Ascent

On June 7, 1913, four climbers—including Robert Tatum, a young Episcopal missionary from Knoxville—were the first to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, the highest peak in North America. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount McKinley. To commemorate the centennial, the UT Libraries is displaying items from its Robert G. Tatum Papers collection. The display will be open throughout the summer.

UT Libraries Digitizes Maryville Physician’s Panoramic Photos of the Smokies

Elgin Kintner

During the 1960s and 1970s, Maryville physician Elgin P. Kintner often hiked into the Great Smoky Mountains and captured the breathtaking views with his camera. The public can now enjoy those photos too, courtesy of the UT Libraries. The library staff has transformed them into an online digital collection.