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Intern Perspectives: Haley McCullough

This blog post was authored by Haley McCullough, an intern in the Library’s Special Collections unit from the UTC Department of English in Fall 2018. While looking at options for my Senior Capstone project, I wanted something that would push me out of my comfort. Yes, I could have taken a seminar class and analyzed assigned readings. However, I didn’t want something normal. I actually sought out this internship position

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Remembering the Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires

Two years ago, wildfires tore through the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee. The wildfires resulted in at least fourteen casualties and 135 injuries, burned more than 10,000 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and 6,000 acres in other areas, forced the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents and tourists, and damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, making it one of

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Rising Waters: Life in the Trenches of World War I on Display

During the Great War, servicemen from all over the United States served in the European theater standing in trenches that were often flooded with water, mud, and bacteria. Sometimes the water rose to their waists. These men were not only fighting Germans but they were fighting infections. Learn more about trench foot and the service of Chattanooga’s Battery B who trained on our very own Chamberlain Field by visiting

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

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

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