The West Tennessee Historical Society is the umbrella heritage organization for the Western Grand Division of Tennessee. Within its twenty-one counties, it supports historical programs, archives, publications, preservation, markers, museums, and other historical collections. Thus, the society promotes all aspects of state and local history.
The Society invites the submission of any paper that pertains to historical events in West Tennessee, Tennessee in general, or the Mid-South.
All papers should be double-spaced with a header consisting of the title of the paper and the page number on every page. The font should be at least 10 point or 12 point in either Courier or Times New Roman. Pages should have a one-inch margin. Manuscripts should follow The Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition with the following two exceptions: 1.) States will be spelled out, not abbreviated (“Tennessee” instead of “TN”), 2.) Dates should follow the traditional format, e.g. December 1, 1878. Digital copies may be submitted as an attachment in either Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text format (RTF) to the Papers Editor.
All published submissions become property of the West Tennessee Historical Society.
If submitting in paper, please send two paper copies to:
The West Tennessee Historical Society
Attn.: Papers Editor
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
The Society and editors disclaim any responsibility for statements of fact or opinion made by the contributors.
The Society offers several books for purchase. Contact Carol at 901.276.7154 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Historic Shelby County: An Illustrated History by Dr. John E. Harkins
Few know Shelby County and its history like lifelong Memphian John E. Harkins, who expertly chronicles the city’s unparalleled heritage and the individuals and groups who have kept its past alive through the decades. Discover the history in this beautifully illustrated hardback book on Shelby County. Published by The West Tennessee Historical Society 208 Pages Member $35; Non-member $50
COTTON ROW TO BEALE STREET: A BUSINESS HISTORY OF MEMPHIS By Robert A. Sigafoos
This book has been called the definitive business history of Memphis. Mr. Sigafoos had an illustrious career in economics and was professor of real estate and holder of the Morris S. Fogelman Chair in Real Estate at the University of Memphis. He also held teaching positions at Indiana University, Penn State and Drexel Institute of Technology. 342 pages Member $25; Non-member $35
Tennessee: The Volunteer State An Illustrated History By Dr. Robert E. Corlew and William B. Wheeler
Travel through centuries of Tennessee history, from the first settlement of the area by Native Americans to the development of the economic dynamo that is Tennessee today. Illustrated by 300 black & white and vivid color images and perfect for the coffee table, this is a grand addition to anyone’s collection of history. 239 pages Member $25; Non-member $35
Memphis Chronicles by Dr. John E. Harkins
Take a break from the bustle of Poplar and Beale and enjoy this easy ride down memory lane, recalling days when downtown gridlock was caused by streetcars and wagons and the Mid-South was ruled by the likes of the Chickasaws, Confederates, King Cotton and Crump. Discover the origins of the yellow fever epidemic, Memphis in May, Elmwood Cemetery, the heroes of Shelby County history and so much more in “Memphis Chronicles.” Paperback Member $15; Non-member $20
Historical Sketches of the Mid-South by Paul R. Coppock
A six book hard cover set by Paul Coppock former editor and journalist for the Commercial Appeal, which spans more than four decades and is filled with hours of interesting and memorable historical reflections by one of the foremost authors on Memphis and Mid-South history. Memphis Sketches, Memphis Memoirs, Mid-South, Mid-South Vol. II 1971-1975, Mid-South Vol. III 1976-1978, Mid-South Vol. IV 1979-1982. Member $50; Non-member $65
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