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Ernest D. Acker Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0161

Scope and Contents

The Acker collection contains correspondence, newsclippings, medical records, service records and related materials, manuscripts and notes, Republican mailing lists and related materials, petitions and appeals, personal reference letters, photographs, disabled veteran materials, Roosevelt speeches, certificates of gratitude, materials related to atheism, sales brochures regarding invention protection, a canceled check from Reader's Digest, resumes, household bills, legal documents, survey maps, Veteran's Administration (VA) papers, and business and financial papers.

Many of the papers in this collection were created by Acker in his attempt to secure a service related disability pension. His papers also reflect his life long interest in the fight for veterans rights and in the struggle to change commitment procedures and to improve both treatment and facilities for the mentally ill. Acker's manuscripts were based on his life experiences including an unhappy childhood, commitment to a mental institution, and an attempt to break his father's will. The papers in this collection date from 1934 to 1983.


  • Creation: 1934-1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Material may be duplicated for research use only.


7.50 linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged into five series: Series 1, Subject Files, 1940-1983; Series 2, Ernest Acker's Medical and Veteran's Administration Papers and Notes, 1943-1980; Series 3, Manuscripts and Notes, 1975-1982; Series 4, Business and Financial, 1934-1983; Series 5, Photographs and Bookjacket, undated.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of Ernest D. Acker were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on June 1, 1983 in accordance with Acker's "Last Will and Testament." Jane Smith, Vice-President and Trust Officer, Hamilton Bank of Johnson City, Tennessee arranged the donation.

Processing Information

Betti Davis completed processing and the papers were opened for research in 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA