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Joe Jennings Collection, 1802-1967 | Archives of Appalachia

Title: Joe Jennings Collection, 1802-1967Add to your cart.
ID: 500/AppMs 51
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Arrangement: The documents are grouped together according to Jennings' career chronology, and within each grouping, the records were arranged in terms of content, medium, and subject. In this format the record arrangement documents Jennings' career and preserves two of his more prevalent filing systems.

The series includes: Series 1, Personal Family Files, 1813-1967; Series 2, Joe Jennings' Pre-Bureau Career, 1906-1931; Series 3, Bureau of Indian Affairs-Correspondence/Memoranda, 1836-1967; Series 4, Government and Agency Publications, 1802-1965; Series 5, East Tenenssee State university Activities, 1918-1966; Series 6, Miscellaneous Publications, 1836-1967; Series 7, Negatives and Prints, 1881-1955 and undated; Series 8, Maps.
Extent: 93.0 linear feet
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Scope and Contents: The Joe Jennings Collection contains correspondence, memoranda, pamphlets, press releases, circulars, maps, broadsides, congressional records, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings and periodicals documenting Jennings' activities as a public educator; superintendent of the Cherokee Indian Agency for the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Survey Committee while at East Tennessee State University. In addition to this material, there are records that document the Faulkner family genealogy and Jennings' military activities while a second lieutenant for the United States Army's Coastal Artillery. The largest portion of this collection concerns Jennings' activities while working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and describes Native American culture, history, education, and the effect of the Wheeler-Howard Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

The records span dates from 1802 to 1967 and are arranged into six series that represent several key periods in Jennings' career. It has been suggested that several of the different filing systems employed by Jennings represent methods of arrangement that were endemic to each specific job he held. (Many changes in the file arrangement of the Jennings Collection seem to fall approximately at a time when Joe Jennings began a new job. This is particularly evident among his bureau files: Jennings held five different positions during his bureau career, and with each new position there appears to be a change in the filing systems.)

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