The Gilbert and Christine Govan correspondence collection includes 45 letters written by American authors from the South from circa 1932 to 1973. Correspondents include Wilma Dykeman Stokely, Julia Peterkin, Andrew Lytle, Caroline Gordon, George Scarbrough, Jesse Stuart, Richard Chase, Donald Davidson, Stanley Horn, Paul Jordan Smith, Anworth Rutherford, John Bennett, Robert Burch, and several others.
Gilbert Govan was the director of the Library at the University of Chattanooga from 1934 to 1962. In addition to being a library director, Govan published local history books and authored book reviews for publications in Chattanooga, Tennessee, including the Chattanooga Times.
Christine Noble Govan worked for the Carnegie Library and as a teacher in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Like her husband, Gilbert, Christine reviewed books for local newspapers, including the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga News. She is best known for her young adult mysteries co-authored with her daughter, Emmy, including The Delectable Mountain and Those Plummer Children.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The wife of James G. West donated the Gilbert and Christine Govan correspondence collection to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1992 November 6.