Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
Located on the 3rd floor of the East Tennessee History Center, featuring the beautiful John Z. C. Thomas Reading Room

The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, (865) 215-8801, is the history and genealogy department of the Knox County Public Library.  As a research library, no collection materials circulate, and none are available for interlibrary loan.  


  • More than 75,000 books
  • More than 3,000 printed genealogies
  • More than 15,000 folders of First Families of Tennessee materials
  • Genealogical manuscript holdings that have been processed for research use
  • More than 19,000 rolls of microfilm including census records, state and local government records, newspapers, and other valuable primary source material
  • A rare complete set of Knoxville city directories from 1859 to the present
  • The only set of Knoxville telephone directories going back to 1898
  • Subscriptions to web-based genealogical databases
  • Significant holdings of historic maps, photographs, and manuscripts  

McClung Special Collections

  • Manuscripts, photographs, and newspapers not on microfilm are NOT available during evening and weekend hours, except by prior arrangement with the manager of the McClung Collection.
  • Please call or email to set up an appointment and discuss your research needs before coming to the East Tennessee History Center.  
  • Be sure to search The McClung Digital Collection for photographs or documents.