From Suffrage to Congress on Display in Special Collections

Visit our new exhibit!

Explore the contributions of women in politics in Chattanooga through a new display from Special Collections, From Suffrage to Congress: Chattanooga Women at the Polls and in the House. Learn more about Chattanooga’s vital role in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920 as well as the pioneering efforts of Marilyn Lloyd, the first woman from Tennessee to be elected to the United States Congress for a full term. Check it out in the George Connor Special Collections Reading Room located on the 4th floor of the Library in room 439.

Women of the Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association campaigning for voting rights.

CHC-1990-048-001-d. Tennessee Equal Suffrage Association photograph. Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Register to vote on campus!

On Wednesday Sept 19 you can quickly and conveniently register to vote! Visit the Chamberlain entrance of the UTC Library between 1:30-3:00pm; Hamilton County election commission deputies will be available to answer your questions and register you as a voter! If you’re already registered in another county and want to switch your registration so you can vote in Hamilton county, you can do that too! Bring your state or federal ID (Driver’s License or Passport preferred) and drop by the Chamberlain entrance to the Library from 1:30 – 3:00pm on Wednesday Sept 19 to register.

American Antiquarian Society Historic Periodicals

The UTC Library now offers access to almost 150 years of historic publication as part of the AAS Historical Periodicals collection. Spanning 1684-1912, this collection of periodicals serves to document the life and times of the American people. This collection provides researchers with digital access to a plethora of primary sources. The periodicals in this collection cover a wide range of topics including religious interests, the temperance movement, antislavery, agriculture, and even humor, with one of the earliest copies of the Harvard Lampoon!

When you click “View Full Text” in an article record, you are taken to a high resolution scan of the original document, where you can read the article on your own device or save/print the article as a .pdf document. Take a look at some of the collection here:


Complete List of Titles Access Periodicals

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development eBooks

The UTC Library has enhanced its education resources with new e-books from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The ASCD e-book collection supports education students interested in all aspects K-12 learning, teaching, and leadership. The collection will surely help students and educators studying curriculum design, classroom management techniques, and assessment strategies.

Sample Titles

measuring what we do in schools book cover

Measuring What We Do in Schools: How to Know If What We Are Doing Is Making a Difference

Provides a road map for conducting evaluations of a school’s programs and processes.

How to give effective feedback book cover

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students

Provides information on oral, written, and visual feedback strategies for individuals, groups, and entire classes.

total participation book cover

Total Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner

Provides instructions for engaging K-12 students and suggestions for how to tailor these steps to fit your specific needs.

List of 2017 ASCD eBooks All ASCD eBooks

New Digital Resources from Special Collections

Welcome back! As we kick off the new academic year, Special Collections is pleased to announce the following new digital resources!

Chattanooga Oral Histories

The Chattanooga Oral Histories digital collection features interviews with members of the community in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Topics include the transition of Chattanooga from the polluted Dynamo of Dixie to Gig City, past and present race relations in the city, and the Golden Gateway project.

Thomas R. Jones, Sr. World War II Correspondence

The Thomas R. Jones, Sr. World War II Correspondence digital collection features correspondence between United States Army Private First Class (PFC) Thomas R. Jones and his wife, Mary Mildred Jones, regarding his military training and service in during World War II from 1943 to 1945.

Thomas R. Jones, Sr. correspondence with Mary Mildred Jones, 1945 June 7

Thomas R. Jones, Sr. correspondence with Mary Mildred Jones, 1945 June 7. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

Herman Lamb 20th Century Chattanooga Photographs

The Herman Lamb 20th Century Chattanooga Photographs digital collection includes images of Chattanooga, Tennessee taken by a local photographer. The collection includes prints, negatives, and slides depicting scenes of downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding neighboorhoods, as well as the greater metropolitan area, including Lookout and Signal Mountains. Lamb’s impressive collection ranges from 1920 to 1970s and covers important events in Chattanooga’s history, such as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s visit to the city in 1940.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Chattanooga visit eye-level view, 1940 September 2

Franklin D. Roosevelt Chattanooga visit eye-level view, 1940 September 2. Courtesy of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.

University of Chattanooga Board of Trustees Minutes

The University of Chattanooga Board of Trustees Minutes digital collection features recorded notes of proceedings held by the Board of Trustees for the University of Chattanooga from 1905 to 1969. In addition to the minutes themselves, numerous other documents are appended to or inserted in the meeting records including agendas, lists, commencement programs, reports, resolutions, statements, and executive summaries. Cumulatively, the records in this collection provide invaluable insights into high-level administrative decisions at the university with respect to campus construction, curriculum development, fundraising, financial planning, admissions policies, enrollment, and more.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Echo Student Newspapers digital collection features the issues of newspapers produced by university students from 1888 to 2016. The University Lookout, a precursor to the University Echo, is part literary magazine and part student newspaper and it is also included in this digital collection.

Celebrate National Radio Day with Luther Masingill

Celebrate National Radio Day on August 20, 2018 by listening to an interview with longtime Chattanooga broadcaster Luther Masingill, whose long career meant that he was one the air during the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor AND September 11, when the Twin Towers were hit. As a young man, Luther worked the night shift at WDEF, and first signed on the air on New Year’s Eve in 1940. Seventy-two years later Masingill was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in honor of his long career as the “Voice of Chattanooga.” Enjoy the following excerpts from the transcript of his 2010 interview or listen to the entire interview in our Digital Collections.

Luther Masingill on his start in broadcasting:

As a young man I worked in a service station after school. Well while in that kid job, I kept waiting on a customer called Joe Engel. Joe Engel was the owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts and lived up on the lake and he took this route to and from work at the ball park and he’d stop and get gas and I’d wipe his windshield. One day I, I had read in the morning paper that um, he was going to open a station, a radio station. And I was interested in radio at the time. And the young—the people in the radio station—we had the communication system between one building and another building, a building where the tires were, was entirely separate from the part where you added up how much gas they got and everything. And um, I—he said, “Yeah, I’m, in fact I’m having interviews tonight. Come on down.” He said, “You want a job?” and I said, “Well, yeah, yeah. I could, I could answer the phone.” A lot of request programs were popular then. This is how I got into radio.

Luther Masingill on pollution in Chattanooga:

We were in an area where your car was just coated with a rust, [coughs] little specks of rust because of the particles, the metal particles, that came from these two factories–Combustion and Wheland. And you don’t—you’d have to have your car painted every two or three years if you kept the car. That wasn’t good for your lungs either, but on a foggy day, that stuff would settle on your car and you’d go to work in the morning with a nice shiny car and you come home and it would be covered with this, which if you didn’t wash it off right away it would eat down into your paint, but that was one of the industries that we were famous for and just hired hundreds and hundreds of people working there in those plants and we lost that to foreign powers, you know.

Luther Masingill’s interview and transcript is available courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections.