Edna Lynn Simms Papers,1867-1950 (bulk ca. 1920-ca. 1940)

Descriptive Summary

Edna Lynn Simms Papers,1867-1950 (bulk ca. 1920-ca. 1940)
Simms, Edna Lynn, d. 1961
1.8 cu. ft.
Appalachia -- Churches
Sevier County, Tennessee -- Family life
Sevier County, Tennessee -- Land tenure
Sevier County, Kentucky -- Museums
Knoxville, Tennessee -- Photographers
Knoxville, Tennessee -- Journalists
Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- Mountaineer Museum
Museums -- Mountaineer Museum
Appalachia -- Folklife
Appalachia -- Family life
Appalachia -- Arts and crafts
Appalachia -- Farming
Appalachia -- Culture
Appalachia -- Social life
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edna Lynn Simms resided for most of her life in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she worked as a free-lance journalist and photographer. Having developed an interest in Southern Appalachian culture, she began actively collecting tools, implements, and crafts of the region in the late 1920s. In 1931, she opened the Mountaineer Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Following Simms's death in 1961, the Appalachian Museum acquired the Mountaineer Museum's collections.
Scope and Content
These include photographs and other papers collected by Simms, and miscellaneous letters that she received in connection with the Mountaineer Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which she operated.
Photographs (ca. 170 prints; ca. 1920 - 1940) depict Appalachian mountain scenes, family life, churches, farms, and social gatherings, and were either taken by or collected by Simms. Interior and exterior scenes of the Mountaineer Museum are also present.
Papers of the Trentham Family of Sevier County, Tennessee (.2 c.f.; 1867, 1898, 1925) consist of personal letters of various family members. The majority of these were from L. A. Trentham to Isaac Trentham, a grocer who resided in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Also included are miscellaneous legal agreements and deeds relating to the family's property.