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Maryville College Archives


Until further notice, the Maryville College Archives will be closed to on-site research visits due to COVID-19 precautions. Research assistance will be available via email, phone, and Zoom appointments.

For more information or to set up a virtual appointment, please contact the Archivist at or 865-981-8352.

Our Mission

The Maryville College Archives supports the educational mission of Maryville College through collecting, preserving, describing, and making available for research material related to the history and activities of Maryville College. We welcome Maryville College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the public interested in the history of Maryville College to conduct research in our collections.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

An archive contains "the permanently valuable records—such as letters, reports, accounts, minute books, draft and final manuscripts, and photographs—of people, businesses, and government. These records are kept because they have continuing value to the creating agency and to other potential users. They are the documentary evidence of past events. They are the facts we use to interpret and understand history." (Society of American Archivists)

  • Contain one-of-a-kind primary source material

  • Documentation of society (people, places, organizations, institutions, governments)

  • Preserve our history

    o "Archives are witnesses to the past. They provide evidence, explanation, and justification both for past actions and current decisions" (International Council on Archives)

Library Archives
Published Secondary Sources Unpublished Primary Sources
Numerous Copies One-of-a-Kind
Circulating (available for check-out) Non-Circulating (only used on-site)
Generally Independent Research Generally Mediated Research (assistance from Archivist)
Ask the Archivist! We have a wide variety of records available for research covering topics applicable to almost every academic division at Maryville College. You can contact the Archivist via email or phone with any research question.