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Douglas Chamberlain papers

Identifier: MS-007

Scope and Contents

This collection contains business records, newspaper clippings regarding local history and the Roane Iron Company from 1916 to 1982. Many of these clippings are a column about the history of Roane County, especially the role of the Roane Iron Company in local history, written by Snyder Roberts. Also included are clippings related to local history, and a group of photo clippings of a 1973 area flood. Also included are a group of transcripts from a bicentennial lecture forum organized by the Parkman Center for Urban Affairs in Boston, MA. Completing the collection are the original day book of the Chamberlain Construction Company (organized by Dr. Chamberlain’s father and uncle), and two memorial resolutions passed honoring the death of H.S. Chamberlain, Dr. Chamberlain’s grandfather.


  • Creation: 1916-1982


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

Douglas Chamberlain was a prominent local ear, nose, and throat specialist. Born on December 10, 1907 to Morrow and May Chamberlain of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Chamberlain was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Chamberlain served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA., for one and a half years and in Europe for three and a half years. He was in England after the Normandy invasion and was an ear nose and throat consultant in the Seine River area in Paris. Active in various education and civic functions, he served on the Girls Preparatory School Board of Directors, as President of the Chattanooga Opera Association, a member of the Torch Club, and a former member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga. He was the grandson of Captain Hiram S. Chamberlain, who was a University of Chattanooga chairman of the Board of Directors, and had the school’s football stadium named for him. Dr. Douglas Chamberlain’s father, Morrow Chamberlain, also served as the University of Chattanooga’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and had Chamberlain Field named for him in a rededication ceremony. Both Dr. Chamberlain’s father and grandfather served as Presidents of Roane Iron Company.


1.54 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Douglas Chamberlain to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1991 July 1. Auburn University deposited the Chamberlain Construction Company daybook with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 1997 July 27.

Processing Information

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Douglas Chamberlain papers
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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