University Libraries: Great Smoky Mountains Regional ProjectAnne BridgesKen WiseLibraries
The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee Libraries collects, preserves, and makes available to researchers material on the Smokies region of both Tennessee and North Carolina. Founded in 1997 by librarians Anne Bridges and Ken Wise, the project has three main initiatives. The first is a bibliography project, which will result in a printed volume of entries of written material from the sixteenth century to the founding of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934. The second part of the bibliography project will be an online bibliography encompassing the years 1935 to the present. The second initiative is The Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collection, the largest collection of material in all formats, including books, articles, government documents, and manuscripts, in the region and perhaps in the nation. The third initiative is a corpus of online photographs and documents from significant Smokies photographers including Albert "Dutch" Roth and Jim Thompson and a grant-funded project on the history of the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in Gatlinburg.