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Herschel Grubb Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0545

Scope and Contents

The Herschel Grubb Papers contain both incoming and outgoing correspondence between Herschel Grubb and others, with the majority of the correspondence being with his friend David McClellan. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, photocopies of published works by Grubb, writings by David McClellan, and photographs and negatives. Included in the collection is Grubb’s booklet Prologues and Poems in Memory of Dr. Albert Einstein written in Einstein’s honor on his 75th birthday. The collection covers a wide range of topics including religion, literature and the arts, politics, and personal events. In doing so, it reflects the creative interests Grubb maintained throughout his life in his contact with others.

At the core of the collection, its central focus, is the correspondence and literary stimulation that existed between Grubb and McClellan. The letters document the intellectual ideas and creative pursuits each encouraged in the other, and cover literature, the arts, creative writing, as well as the every day and mundane aspects of their lives. The correspondence provides insight into their thought and creative processes and offers an intellectual autobiography of sorts.

The collection covers the period of 1947-1999, with some undated materials.


  • 1947-1999


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


5.50 linear feet (12 boxes, 2 oversized folders)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into four series as follows, Series 1, Correspondence, 1951-1999 and undated; Series 2, David McClellan Papers, 1954-1977 and undated; Series 3, Subject Files, 1947-1995 and undated; and Series 4, Photographs and Negatives, 1977-1997 and undated.

Method of Acquisition

The Herschel Grubb Papers were donated to the University Archives by Herschel Grubb, Bristol, Tenn., on July 1, 1999. Malcolm Richardson donated the mounted poem "E equals MC squared" in July 2017, accession number 2017-029.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Brianne Johnson and opened for research in April 2007.

Grubb, Herschel, Papers
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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