Custom House Chronicles

Stories, historical tidbits, and musings from the East Tennessee History Center staff.
 Big South Fork Country by Howard H. Baker, Jr.

Howard H. Baker, Jr., was best known for his life in politics; first as the son of a U.S. Representative, then in his own positions as U.S. Senator, Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan, and as Ambassador to Japan. However, photography was another passion in his life, as evidenced by the dedication in this book, "To Joy, for her long understanding and tolerance of my photographic foibles." Howard Baker's photography has appeared in Life magazine, National Geographic, and Howard Baker's Washington, which we also hold in the McClung Collection.

Roger Howell Photo

The newest collection to be added to the Calvin M. McClung Digital Collection is the Roger H. Howell Collection. Roger Hoffman Howell (1898-1962) was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who came to Knoxville in 1936 to work as an engineering draftsman for the new Tennessee Valley Authority.  These are photos that Mr. Howell took while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains; he and his future wife, Alice Lynn, met hiking with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.

The McClung Collection offerings of Washington County records on microfilm have been greatly expanded. Newly added are: Chancery Court - minutes to 1956 and Johnson City minutes to 1950; Circuit Court – minutes, Civil and Criminal to 1963 and Civil to 1954; County Clerk Quarterly Minutes to 1954; Register of Deeds – direct and reverse deed index to 1949, deeds to 1950, military discharges from June 1943 through June 1969, Plats/index to plats November 1924 to June 1969, Trust Deeds to 1951 and Tax books to 1944.

Wayne Goforth with banjo

Wayne Goforth and Coon Creek, an obscure but great Knoxville bluegrass band, are picking on the Kathy Hill Show in this 1972 clip from the Rose Collection at Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.

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