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Isobel Griscom papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-018

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scrapbooks, photographs, manuscripts, postcards, and personal papers dating from 1913 to 1977. Included are scrapbooks Griscom produced as a young girl through adulthood, images of her and her family, as well as a notebook of poems. All of which give a glimpse into the personal and professional life of this honored University of Chattanooga professor.


  • 1913-1977


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

Isobel Griscom was born in 1898 in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she resided with her family. She attended college at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin before returning to Chattanooga to teach English with the University of Chattanooga from 1922-1963. Griscom, a well respected and highly regarded professor and writer, was honored with a distinguished teacher award by the Evans Foundation in 1930. In 1977, her former students honored her by publishing her poems under the title Isobel Griscom: An Appreciation. Beyond teaching, Griscom was involved in local cultural and civic enterprises, founding the Chattanooga Art Association, the forerunner of the Hunter Museum. She was also a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Great Books groups, the UC Faculty Women’s Club, and she served on the first board of directors to the Adult Education Council. Griscom died in Chattanooga on December 17, 1980. Griscom’s legacy remains, however, as several awards, contributions and scholarships have been made in her name throughout the Tennessee academic system.


1.83 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection is complete.

Isobel Griscom papers
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Collection Area Details

Part of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Manuscript Collections Collection Area

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