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Office of the President Records: Burgin E. Dossett

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0058

Scope and Contents

The papers of Burgin E. Dossett reflect the administration of East Tennessee State University during his tenure as university president; his participation in local and state educational organizations; and his interaction with other education professionals and government agencies. The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, annual reports, committee reports and minutes, newsletters, and bulletins.

The records span from 1949 to 1968. Records relating to ongoing ETSU projects were forwarded to Dossett's successor, Dr. D. P. Culp, by the Office of the President. The records of President D. P. Culp should be checked for additional information on Burgin E. Dossett.


  • Creation: 1949-1968
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1950-1965


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


30.00 linear feet (64 boxes and 7 oversize folders)

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The Burgin E. Dossett Collection is organized into eight series: Series, 1, Subject Files, 1949-1968; Series 2, General Correspondence, 1949-1968; Series 3, Financial Correspondence, 1949-1966; Series 4, Legal Documents, 1949-1968; Series 5, Financial Records, 1951-1968; Series 6, Addresses, Remarks, Speeches, 1951-1965; Series 7, Reports, 1949-1967; and Series 8, Minutes and Publications, 1949-1967.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of Burgin E. Dossett were placed in the University Archives in July of 1979 by the Office of the President of East Tennessee State University.

Accruals and Additions

In June 1983, files from the Dossett administration were transferred to the archives with the Delos P. Culp Papers. The addition was opened for research in September 1987. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Separated Materials

The collection also contained a wide range of ephemeral material that included maps, newsclippings, pamphlets, photographs, and bond reports. The maps were placed in the map cabinets by accession number and the photographs in the university photographic archives. One folder containing four photographs of Senator Kenneth D. McKellar, W. B. "Ben" Dobbs, and Claude Williams is housed in Small Photographic Collection Box 4. The remaining material has been placed in the archives' vertical file collection.

Processing Information

The Archives Staff completed processing the collection in 1980.

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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