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Sherrod Library



When East Tennessee State Normal School opened its doors in 1911, the library was run by a faculty committee consisting of Edwin Kennedy (History), Elma Rankin (Vocal Music), J.F. Boyd (Modern Languages), and F.W. Alexander (Education). The library was housed in the main administration building, now known as Gilbreath Hall. By March of 1912, Rankin carried the title of librarian, although the committee remained in place. There was only one librarian listed on staff until 1927. The first library head to carry the title of director was Edward Walters in 1977. The title of director was changed to dean in 1994, during Fred Borchuck’s tenure.

The first library building was completed in 1922 and now houses the Carroll Reece Museum. According to one source, the students were dismissed from classes to help move the books from the administration building to their new home. The college quickly outgrew this building and a new one was constructed in 1931. Following Dr. Charles C. Sherrod’s retirement in 1949, the faculty voted unanimously to name the library for him. This building, the current Nicks Hall, was expanded in 1967.

The current library building was dedicated as the Charles C. Sherrod Library on April 9, 1999.

Elma Lillian Rankin
Olive Taylor
Archie McNeal
McBerney Burleson (while McNeal was on leave for military service)
Archie McNeal
Hal Smith
Library Directors
Edward Walters
David Parsley, acting director
Fred Borchuck
Library Deans
Fred Borchuck
Rita S. Scher, interim dean
Rita S. Scher
Jean Culp Flanigan, interim dean
Patricia Van Zandt
David Atkins

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Edith Keys Papers

 Collection — Other Boxes 1-2
Identifier: UnivRec-0318
Arrangement This collection is divided into two series: Series I, Radio Script and Scrapbook Materials, 1950-1953 and Series II, Memoranda, Library and Reference Materials, 1960-1980. Series I contains a radio script detailing the history of college library from 1911-1950, as well as a scrapbook with pictures, drawings, and exhibits of bulletin boards that illustrate the architectural layout and specific locations of important reference collections within the Sherrod Library. Series II contains...
Dates: 1950-1981; Majority of material found in 1952-1968

Sherrod Library Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0002

The collection is arranged into 8 series: Series 1, Correspondence, 1936-1977; Series 2, Book Collections and Funds, 1959-1971; Series 3, Library Reports and Studies, 1938-1970; Series 4, Status and Work of Librarians, 1969-1977; Series 5, Library Subject Files, 1941-1977; Series 6, Financial Records, 1912-1973; Series 7, Personnel Records, 1960-1970s; Series 8, Library Addition, 1964-1967.

Dates: 1912-1977; 1936-1977

Additional filters:

Academic librarians 1
Blueprints (reprographic copies) 1
County government -- Tennessee 1
Erwin (Tenn.)--Commerce 1
Library orientation for college students 1
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