East Tennessee Historical Society

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East Tennessee Historical Society

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  eths@east-tennessee-history.org


601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902


  • Historical Society voice 865-215-8824 | fax 865-215-8819
  • McClung Historical Collection voice 865-215-8801
  • Knox County Archives voice 865-215-8800
  • Museum voice 865-215-8830

Hours and holidays:[1]

  • Historical Society Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • McClung Historical Collection Monday 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Knox County Archives Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
  • Museum Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Sunday 1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.

Directions, map, parking, and public transportation:[1]  click here

Internet sites and databases:

  • Historical Society website exploring the center, museum, collections, conducting research, program and events, genealogy, family and children, heritage programs, publications, membership, education, regional history.
  • McClung Historical Collection website Knox Co. obituaries, marriages, and delayed births indexes, TN and Shelby deaths indexes, TN Confederate pension application index, books, newspapers, genealogies, first families.
  • Knox County Archives website marriages index 1901-1950, delayed births index 1861-1945, naturalizations index 1792-1907, divorce, deed, probate, County-Chancery-Circuit-Criminal-Juvenile-Superior court, tax, school records.
  • Online catalog search by general, author, title, subject, series, or periodical title.

Collection Description

  • East Tennessee Historical Society has for over 175 years recorded stories, collected artifacts, and educated visitors with lectures, and publications such as First Families of Tennessee, and the new Civil War Families of Tennessee.
  • Calvin M. McClung Collection includes 67,000 books, pre-1920 newspapers, 3,000 genealogies, 14,000 first families of TN folders, 120 feet of manuscripts, historic maps, and photographs, 13,000 microfilms, Knoxville city directories, online genealogy databases. Court records include deeds, marriages, tax lists, guardian records, vital records, wills, and estates from the east Tennessee Counties of Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Carter, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Loudon, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, and Washington.
  • Knox County Archives collects the county government records and county history. See Internet site above.
  • Museum of East Tennessee History showcases the history of 35 regional counties.




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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Visit the History Center in East Tennessee Historical Society at http://www.easttnhistory.org/content.aspx?article=1209 (accessed 8 July 2010).