Skip to main content

Robert S. Davis research notes and manuscripts

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-115
This collection includes research material and correspondence on Hamilton County, Tennessee outlaw, Joseph Ritchey (1840? – 1876). Papers include family records on relatives and associates, as well as information pertaining to locations where Ritchey lived. There is also some material relating to outlaws and serial killers. In addition to the materials relating to Joseph Ritchey, two folders of material related to the self-proclaimed Indian-fighter, war veteran, and author, Harrison E. Lewis, were added to the collection in October, 2012. This material includes census records, newspaper photocopies, correspondence sent and received by Davis during the research process, and a complete photocopy of Lewis' self-published autobiography, Fights and Adventures with the Indians. The materials date from 1838 to 2012.


  • 1938-2012


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Ritchey was an outlaw in Hamilton County, Tennessee. He was born in 1840 and died in 1876. Harrison E. Lewis was a self-proclaimed Indian fighter, war veteran, and author. Robert S. Davis, director of the Family and Regional History Program and professor of Genealogy, Geography, and History at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. He authored "Joe Ritchey of Tennessee: An American Desperado in Legends, Newspapers, And a Federal Pension File," an article published in Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 2009, and published The Old Soldier‟s Story: Harrison E. Lewis Faces a Murder Charge in Chattanooga, 1931” in the Chattanooga Regional Historical Journal in 2005. During the course of his research for the two aforementioned articles, Davis ammased a collection of research notes and correspondence related to his biographical articles and publishing his findings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Robert S. Davis donated to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2010 January 21 and 2012 October 9.

Processing Information

The processing of this collection is complete.
Robert S. Davis research notes and manuscripts
Description rules

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections repository

615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 USA
(423) 425-4503