Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles papers
Collection — Multiple Containers
This 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.
- Catino, Jean Miles (1902-2000) (Person)
Language of Materials
This collection contains materials in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Most of this 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 copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.
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 this collection to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2000 May 12.
Sharon Schrock donated the Scenic - Historic Map of Signal Mountain Tennessee painting by Jean Miles Catino to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2018 February 11 after purchasing the print in a thrift store in Woodburn, Oregon sometime between 1993 and 2003.
Processing of this collection is complete.
- American literature -- Southern States
- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs
- Catino, Jean Miles (1902-2000)
- Ford, Judith Miles, 1902-1983
- Miles, Emma Bell (1879-1919)
- Miles, Frank (G. Frank)
- Miles, Joe Winchester (Joseph), 1905-1997
- Miles, Mark (Frank Mirick), 1909-1913
- Mountain life -- Appalachian Region, Southern
- Natural history -- Tennessee
- Serene, Kitty Miles (Katherine), 1907-
- Jean Miles Catino and Emma Bell Miles correspondence, journals, and papers
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