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Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-078
The Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers collection contains Catino's correspondence and papers as well as journals, artwork, and photographs created by Emma Bell Miles, Catino's mother. The Emma Bell Miles content documents mountain life on Walden Ridge in the early 20th century. The collection also includes Catino's correspondence with Emma Bell Miles biographer, Kay Baker Gaston. Materials in the collection are dated from 1866 to 2000.

Dates

  • 1866-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Most of the Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers collection is open for research. A portion of Jean Miles Catino correspondence is restricted by the donor, Jean Miles Catino, and Emma Bell Miles journals are restricted due to their fragility. Facsimiles of the journals are available for access and use.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers collection is in the public domain and may used without copyright restriction.

Extent

5.25 Linear Feet (10 Boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Jean Miles Catino was a resident of Walden Ridge, Tennessee who studied art in Chicago and taught weaving at the Fyre Insitute in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Catino was also a successful painter, selling landscapes and wildlife portraits to a variety of museums and businesses. She was one of five children of Emma Bell Miles, a Chattanooga naturalist, author, and artist who kept a journal, wrote books, published short stories and poetry in national magazines, and created art that documents early 20th century life and nature in southern Appalachia.
Emma Bell Miles was born in 1879 to teachers, Benjamin Franklin and Martha Ann Mirick Bell, and attended the Saint Louis School of Art for a year before returning the Walden Ridge, Tennessee, where she eloped with Frank Miles on October 30, 1901 just three weeks after the death of her mother. She suffered from poor health and the Miles family struggled to make ends meet despite the sale of Emma's poetry, short stories, books, and art to publishers and local buyers. Her most famous work is The Spirit of the Mountains, a book about mountain life. Emma spent her final days writing and illustrating Our Southern Birds, which was published just weeks two weeks before her death on 1919 March 19.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jean Miles Catino donated her correspondence and papers as well as the journals, art, and manuscripts of her mother, Emma Bell Miles, on 2000 May 12.

Related Materials

Original copies of the Emma Bell Miles and Anna Ricketson correspondence, 1907-1916, are housed in the Chattanooga Public Library.
Title
Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers
Status
completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Special Collections repository

Contact:
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 USA