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Culver Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-037

Scope and Contents

The collection ranges from 1932 to 1979 including teaching material (class notes and exams), papers, manuscripts, and research material and notes of Dr. Culver Smith, history professor, and department chair, at the University of Chattanooga. Includes notes, manuscripts and drafts of his book, Press, Politics and Patronage (University of Georgia Press, 1977). Also material relating to Dr. Smith’s involvement with the local performing arts scene, including the Chattanooga Symphony, the Chattanooga Opera Association.


  • Creation: 1932-1979


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

Culver H. Smith (1896-1979) joined the faculty of the History Department at the University of Chattanooga in 1932. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Smith had degrees from Trinity University, Yale University, and a Ph.D from Duke University. In addition to his tenure at the University of Chattanooga, Dr. Smith was also a visiting professor at Duke University, and the Universities of Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Dr. Smith retired from the University of Chattanooga in 1966, but continued to do research and publish, including his book, Press, Politics and Patronage, published by the University of Georgia Press in 1977. He was considered an expert on foreign policy and the role of newspapers in American history. Serving as Head of the History Department at the University of Chattanooga, Dr. Smith stepped down from this role in 1961. In 1966 he officially retired from the University. Dr. Smith was also involved with local historical and cultural organizations, including the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, and the Chattanooga Symphony and the Chattanooga Opera Association.


21.22 Linear Feet (39 Boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collected was bequeathed by Culver Smith to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1979 November 1.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection is complete.

Culver Smith papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States