The Jessie Ackermann Papers consist primarily of incoming correspondence and newspaper clippings. The correspondence is largely from admirers and other temperance organizers, with a small number of letters from Frances E. Willard and Lady Henry Somerset. The newspaper clippings document Ackermann’s activities in various countries including lectures and social events given in her honor; the bulk of the clippings lack information about the news source or date. There are also copies of articles written by Ackermann, letters of introduction to aid her in her travels, photographs, certificates, a scrapbook and lecture announcements.
The Jessie A. Ackermann Collection was transferred to the Archives of Appalachia on February 28, 1980 by Harvey Dean, curator of the B. Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University. The collection is part of a larger collection, including artifacts, souvenirs and a library of 800 volumes, which was donated to the State Teachers College, Johnson City, Tennessee by Ackermann in 1931.
Correspondence between Jessie Ackermann and Charles Sherrod can be found in the Charles Sherrod Presidential Papers, UnivRec 59.
Washington County, Tennessee court records concerning Jessie Ackermann can be found between August 23, 1932 and April 16, 1934 in the Clerk & Masters Office Minute Books, Johnson City, April 1932-March 1935 (Microfilm Roll 78).
The following book was removed from the papers and added to the Archives of Appalachia book collection:
Ackermann, Jessie. Australia from a Woman's Point of View. London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1913.
Buddhist sutra thought to be from the 16th century returned to the B. Carroll Reece Museum on April 3, 2015.
David Goodin completed processing of the original collection in 1980. Karen House and Ed Speer completed processing on the addition in 1987. Marie Tedesco revised the finding aid in 1992. Jen Bingham revised the collection arrangement and description in February 2014.