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David A. Lockmiller papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-026

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter to the UC Class of 2049, a scrapbook documenting the university’s 70th anniversary celebration, and an autograph letter signed from President Nixon. The collection also includes four scrapbooks and many degrees and honors awarded to Dr. Lockmiller. Although primarily personal in nature, this collection contains many items related to the history of UC in the mid-twentieth century. Lockmiller’s personal papers illustrate UC connections with prominent persons in the Chattanooga, Methodist, and higher education communities. Personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and memorabilia of Dr. David Lockmiller (bulk 1942-1972). Most of the collection relates to his years as President of the University of Chattanooga.


  • Creation: 1906-1994


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.

Biographical / Historical

David A. Lockmiller (1906-2005) served as president of the University of Chattanooga from 1942 to 1959. Born in Athens, Tennessee, Lockmiller earned a B.Ph. and M.A. from Emory University, LL.C. from Cumberland University, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He also attended sessions at Oxford University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Paris. He practiced law in Missouri from 1929-1934. He left law for academia when he took a position as instructor of history and political science at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) in 1934. He held various administrative positions at North Carolina State until his election as president of University of Chattanooga in 1942 at age 36. Lockmiller was the longest serving president in the history of the university. He steered the school through the years of WWII, during which UC had a greatly diminished student population. Lockmiller oversaw the expansion of student enrollment (from 600 to 2000 students), the physical plant (9 permanent buildings were constructed), and academic curriculum. He was active in local civic organizations, including the Rotary Club. In 1953, Lockmiller was named Chattanooga’s “Man of the Year” and was presented with the Kiwanis Club’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Lockmiller left the University of Chattanooga in 1959 to serve as president of Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH). Lockmiller married Alma Russell; they had two children, Russell and Carlotta.


9.13 Linear Feet (14 Boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

David A. Lockmiller transferred this collection to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1975. He transferred additional materials in 1976, 1980, 1996, and 1997.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection is complete.

David A. Lockmiller papers
Under Revision
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States