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James H. Quillen Papers

 Collection — other: Roll 1
Identifier: AppMs-0498

Scope and Contents

The James H. Quillen Papers document the public life and political career of Mr. Quillen, covering his years of service in the Tennessee General Assembly (1955-1963) and the United States House of Representatives (1963-1997). A small amount of material documents Mr. Quillen's early life prior to his involvement in politics, including references to his family and childhood, his career as a newspaper publisher and businessman, and his military service with the United States Navy during World War II. The records focus on numerous political, social, and military issues in which he was involved at the local, state, national, and international levels. Documentation is especially strong on such matters as the development of the East Tennessee State University medical school, patriotism and legislation on protection of the American flag, community and economic development in the first congressional district of Tennessee, the Republican Party, and Tennessee and United States politics and political elections.

The collection consists of office files, memoranda, financial records, legislative files, government publications, project files and grant applications, subject files, correspondence, newsclippings, scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, speeches, press releases, maps, and miscellaneous printed ephemera and mementos.

Index to Collection Photos available.


  • 1918 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


566.00 linear feet (Consisting of 999 boxes, 18 oversized folders, 18,465 photographs, 228 audio recordings, 377 film and video recordings)

0.57 cubic feet

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The papers are arranged into ten series as follows: Series 1, General Office Records, 1945-1997 and undated; Series 2, Legislative Files, 1957-1996 and undated; Series 3, Project Files, 1958-1996 and undated; Series 4, Public Relations Files, 1956-1997 and undated; Series 5, Government Departments and Agencies Files, 1963-1996 and undated; Series 6, Miscellaneous Records, 1928-1996 and undated; Series 7, Memorabilia, 1964-1999 and undated; Series 8, Scrapbooks, c. 1945-1997; Series 9, Photographs, c. 1918-1997 and undated; and Series 10, Recordings, 1937-1998 and undated. The photographs in Series 9 are indexed in a name index.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of James H. Quillen were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Mr. Quillen on September 4, 1996, with additional materials being transferred in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Separated Materials

The following items were removed from the Project Files and cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection:

Tennessee Valley Authority. Division of Water Control Planning. Floods on Little Pigeon and West Fork Little Pigeon Rivers in Vicinity of Sevierville Tennessee. Knoxville, Tennessee: 1958.

Tennessee Valley Authority. Division of Water Control Planning. Flood Control Branch. Sevierville, Tennessee Flood Relief: A Plan for Channel Improvement. Knoxville, Tennessee: 1964.

United States Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Volume 1, Foothills Parkway, Section 8D, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Denver: National Park Service, 1994.

The researcher may encounter the phrase "Removed, out of scope" in this finding aid. It indicates that material was determined to be unrelated to Quillen's activities; in most cases it was unsolicited "junk mail."

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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