The Blaine Taylor Papers contain family, political, and miscellaneous correspondence, newspapers and clippings, speeches, broadsides, and pamphlets relating to Alfred Alexander Taylor's political career and the Taylor family. Most of the papers concern Alfred Taylor's successful 1920 Tennessee political campaign for governor for which Blaine Taylor served as campaign secretary. The papers offer an insider’s view of the running of a statewide political campaign in early 20th century Tennessee.
The collection is arranged into three series, as follows: Series 1, Correspondence, 1896-1931; Series 2, Publications, 1920-1935; and Series 3, Memorabilia, 1920-c. 1922 and undated.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of Blaine Taylor were found in the old Sherrod Library, Dossett Presidential Office, with a unsigned note stating, "To East Tennessee State, Blaine Taylor Collection." They were received in the Archives of Appalachia on April 9, 1999. Subsequent evidence indicates that these papers had been given to the Sherrod Library by Taylor’s son, James, at an unspecified date. The bulk of the papers appear to have been gathered by Blaine Taylor primarily while he served as secretary to his father Alfred Taylor’s political campaign committee in the 1920 Tennessee gubernatorial election.
Processing on the collection was completed in December 2005 by Ned Irwin and Brian Winstead.