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Archives of the American Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: E1

Scope and Contents

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION: The collection includes materials from the early 1800’s until the diocese was divided in 1980. The size is approximately 135 linear feet. The bulk of the collection is church histories and bishops’ papers. The papers are organized into nine series:

Diocese of Tennessee Report

000.000 Audio/Visual and Graphic Materials

100.000 Individual Church Histories, Records and Information

Churches Listed by Name, Date and City

101.000 General History and Files of Historiographers and Archivists

102.000 Parish and Mission - Histories, Parochial Reports, Deeds

200.000 Diocesan Institutions - This section contains the histories and records of charitable institutions organized and operated in Tennessee by the Episcopal Church

300.000 Women in the Church

400.000 Priest Files (closed)

500.000 Diocesan Affairs

Tennessee Diocesan Newspapers

600.000 National Church Affairs

700.000 Financial Information

800.000 Bishops’ Papers

Bishops of Tennessee

801.000 James Hervey Otey, D.D, LL.D.

802.000 Charles Todd Quintard, M.D., D.D., LL.D.

803.000 Thomas Frank Gailor, S.T.D., LL.D., D.D. (Oxon.)

804.000 Troy Beatty, D.D.

805.000 James Mathew Maxon, D.D., LL.D.

806.000 Edmund P. Dandridge, D.D.

807.000 Theodore N. Barth, D.D.

808.000 John Vander Horst

809.000 William Evan Sanders

810.000 William Frederick Gates Jr.

UPDATE: Collection has not undergone professional archival processing-- only cataloged for patron use. Original series numbers have been included and are reflected on folder titles. Collection has accrued 62 boxes of material during cataloging. The collection now contains material that includes the 2010s and the splitting of the Diocese of Tennessee into The Diocese of Tennessee (central), The Diocese of East Tennessee and The Diocese of West Tennessee. Additional information can be found in the Accruals section.


  • 1829-06-01 - 2013

Conditions Governing Use

None, except where explicitly marked.


130 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many of the unprocessed and underprocessed folders from later series are in poor condition, are not in archival-quality folders and many are dirty, grimy or showing signs of being exposed to a fire. Patrons should be advised to wear a mask and possibly gloves while handling these materials in order to reduce inhalation of foreign matter.


Collection accrued eight subseries:

Semi-Processed Materials, Boxes 196-208

Unprocessed Materials, Boxes 209-239

Saint Andrew's School Materials, Boxes 240-247

Episcopal Church Women Materials, Boxes 248-253

Unlabeled Materials, Boxes 257-262

Episcopal Church Women President's Materials, Boxes 263-266

Owning Dioceses (Histories), Boxes 267-270

Diocese of Tennessee Journals, not boxed, on shelves

Materials Specific Details

There are several folders that use the term "negro" or "racial problem" found throughout the collection. As the collection was only inventoried and not processed, these titles have not been altered and exist to serve as part of the historical record.

Materials Specific Details

This collection was processed in the early 1990s by volunteers within the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and came to Sewanee in 2010, where it was further processed by a volunteer without archival training. Contents continued to accrue until the present (late 2018) and were largely semi-processed, underprocessed or not processed at all. Additionally, it is clear that even since the initial processing in 2010, patron use has gotten folders out of original order. This collection was inventoried, and not processed, in 2021. All folder names and order within the boxes were taken directly from the physical arrangement of the folders as they currently stand. The names of the folders themselves are reflective of original title, restrictions and historical context and have not been altered in any way.

Archives of the American Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee
Kris Kallies
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections Repository

735 University Avenue
Sewanee TN 37383-1000