UT Libraries News

Graduate Students Host Scavenger Hunt to Benefit Libraries April 5

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The Graduate Student Senate will host a scavenger hunt, dubbed “The Big Orange Adventure,” to benefit the UT Libraries on Saturday, April 5. The race will take place on the UT campus. Check-in is at 9:00 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater between Hodges Library and the Humanities Building, and the hunt begins at 10:00 a.m. This event is open to the public. Registration is $15.

Smokies Photos by Herbert M. Webster in New Digital Collection

At Double Spring Gap on the Appalachian Trail. Pictured, among others, are conservationist Harvey Broome, one of the founders of the Wilderness Society; George Barber, a charter member of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club; and "Dutch" Roth, another photographer whose work records the Smokies prior to creation of the Park.

Herbert M. Webster began taking photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains as a sixteen-year-old on his first hike up Mount LeConte in 1925. That began a lifelong love of photographing the Smokies. About 500 photographs taken by Webster between 1926 and 1955 form a new digital collection of UT Libraries. The Herbert M. Webster Photograph Collection is available online.

UT Hosts Second Annual STEM Symposium for High School Students March 29

Tennessee high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to a symposium sponsored by UT Libraries on Saturday, March 29. The second annual Big Orange STEM Symposium (BOSS): High School Outreach will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the John C. Hodges Library. The symposium is free, but participants are encouraged to register online.

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.

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Libraries unveils new digital collection

The Knoxville News Sentinel has highlighted the UT Libraries’ new digital collection that showcases its holdings of Civil War documents. Selected letters and journals in the Digital Civil War Collection capture the perspectives and personal experiences of soldiers and civilians. One hundred fifty years ago this month, the bloody Battle of Fort Sanders was waged

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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.

News Sentinel: Knoxvillian Robert Tatum was among first to climb Mt. McKinley

One hundred years ago, in June 1913, one of the pioneering feats of human physical endurance occurred when four men became the first to reach the summit of Alaska’s Denali/Mount McKinley — the highest peak in North America. Among them was a 21-year-old Knoxvillian named Robert G. Tatum. Tatum later donated his Denali diary and

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