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Alexander Guerry papers

 Collection — Box: UA-04-01-07 001
Identifier: UA-04-01-07

Scope and Contents

The Alexander Guerry papers contains three small files, with all materials dating from 1929 to 1938. First, there is a file of correspondence between Guerry and various Departments of Education throughout the United States (local, state, and federal) regarding the ideal setup of a governing body for a local public education system. Secondly, there are programs, speeches, correspondence, and other materials related to the Semi-Centennial of the University of Chattanooga. Lastly, there are scrapbooks containing letters from United States governors, businessmen, and other individuals of national or international prominence offering advice to matriculating freshmen at the University of Chattanooga.


  • Creation: 1929-1938

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This series is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Alexander Guerry was born in North Carolina in 1890. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1910, and completed a degree from the Chattanooga College of Law in 1914. In his early career, Guerry was an instructor at both McCallie and Baylor schools. Guerry became the headmaster at Baylor in 1920 and resigned in 1929 to assume the duties of president of the University of Chattanooga. Despite the hardships of the Great Depression, Guerry's leadership at the University of Chattanooga was marked by several defining successes: the completion of a student commons, public institutes that were available to both students and the community, an official affiliation with Cadek Conservatory, and the Semi-Centennial Celebration. Guerry left the University of Chattanooga in 1938 to assume the role of vice-chancellor and later president of his alma mater, The University of the South, where he worked until his death in 1948. Even after leaving the office of president, he maintained a positive relationship with University of Chattanooga, serving on the Board of Trustees until his death. Guerry married Charlotte Holmes, the daughter of John A. Patten, in 1914 and had two sons.


"Guerry, Alexander." In The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1967.

Govan, Gilbert E. and James W. Livingood. The University of Chattanooga: Sixty Years. Chattanooga: The University of Chattanooga, 1947.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 container)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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Collection Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collection Area

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