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. See form at bottom of this page to contact 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 MARSHALL WINGFIELD ANNUAL AWARD
An award is presented by The West Tennessee Historical Society to the contributor of the article chosen by the Executive Committee as being the best of those printed in each number of The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers. Past winners and their contributions:
1973 Larry Daniel, “The Quinby and Robinson Cannon Foundry at Memphis.”
1974 John Esterhold, “Fort Heiman: Forgotten Fortress.”
1975 James E. Roper, “The Revolutionary War on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff.”
1976 Charles A. Bobbin, “The Memphis Gold Cup.”
1977 John Norris, “Park Field—World War I Pilot Training School.”
1978 Stephen M. Findlay, “The Alleghany: A Revisionist Note on a Memphis Myth.”
1979 Roger Raymond Van Dyke, “Antebellum Henry County.”
1980 Jerome G. Taylor, “Upper Class Violence in Nineteenth-Century Tennessee.”
1981 Joanne Cullom Moore, “The Devil’s Elbow.”
1982 Fred A. Bailey, “The Poor, Plain Folk, and Planters: A Social Analysis of Middle Tennessee Respondents to the Civil War Veterans Questionnaires.”
1983 Patricia M. LaPointe, “The Disrupted Years: Memphis City Hospitals, 1860-1867.”
1984 Granville D. Davis, “An Uncertain Confederate Trumpet: A Study of Erosion in Morale.”
1985 Charles L. Lufkin, “A Forgotten Controversy: The Assassination of Senator Almon Case of Tennessee.”
1986 Richard W. Hepler, “Bovine Tuberculosis and the Batde for Pure Milk in Memphis, 1910-1911″; and Lucie Robertson Bridgforth, “The ‘New’ Woman in an Old Role: Maternal-Child Health Care in Memphis.”
1987 Lynette B. Wrenn, “The Impact of Yellow Fever on Memphis: A Reappraisal.”
1988 Peggy Scott Holley, “The Seventh Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry: West Tennessee Unionists in Andersonville Prison.”
1989 John Linn Hopkins, “The Early History of Overton Park and the Memphis Park System.”
1990 Beth Quimet, “Thomas Jefferson Dobyns: River City Daguerreian Entrepreneur.”
1991 R. W Waschka, “River Transportation at Memphis before the Civil War.”
1992 Eda Clark Fain, “’Cut Loose the Corset Strings of Dull Times’: Attending Carnival in Memphis through Newsprint Advertising, 1872-1881.”
1993 Lonnie Maness: “Henry Emerson Etheridge and the Gubernatorial Election of 1867: A Study in Futility.”
1994 James B. Jones, “Selected Aspects of Drug Abuse in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Tennessee History.”
1995 Alice S. Long, “My Dear Manly Son: The Death of Jefferson Davis, Jr., at Buntyn Station, Tennessee, 1878.”
1996 Darla Brock, “Memphis’s Nymphs Du Pave: ‘The Most Abandoned Women in the World.'”
1997 Dieter C. Ullrich, “They Met at Lockridges Mills.”
1998 Harvey G. Hudspeth, “Seven Days in Nashville: Politics, the State Debt and the Making of a United States Senator, January 19-26, 1881.”
1999 Holly Reed Harrison, ‘”Our Relation to Persons of African Descent has Been Less Than Ideal . . .’: The Southern Baptist Convention, the Christian Life Commission, and Race Relations.”
2000 S. Davidson Hill, “The Self-Defined African American Community of Jim Crow Memphis.”
2001 Derek W. Frisby, “’Remember Me to Everybody’: The Civil War Letters of Samuel Henry Eells, Twelfth Michigan Infantry.”
2002 Timothy B. Smith, “The Handsomest Cemetery in the South: Shiloh National Cemetery.”
2003 Michael Bertrand, “Rock ‘n Roll, Race and Elvis Presley: Southern Youth in Dissent?
2004 Nathan K. Moran, “Bullets vs. Ballots: Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Congressional Election of 1862.”
2005 Pam Dennis and Jimmy Davis for their three-part series on the history of WestTennesseeCollege, WTHSP vols. LVII-LIX (2003-2005).
2006 Janice Reagan, “The Kennedy Book Club.”
2007 Lauren Elizabeth Nickas, “Conceiving Happiness: Frances Wright and the Nashville Experiment.”
2008 Doug Cupples, “From Atelier to MFA (Then On To The Atelier): A Short History of Art Education in Memphis, Tennessee.”
2009 Richard L. Saunders, “James F. Estes: Grassroots Advocate.”
2010 Rita Hall, “Colonel Edward Ward: The Life and Death of a Tennessee Senator.”
2011 James R. Chumney, “The Beginning of the University of Memphis.”
2012 George C. Browder, “Robert V. Richardson and the First Tennessee Regiment of Partisan Rangers”’
2013 Dr. Dale E. Zacher, “Our Forest Home:” Editor Edward Meeman’s Crusade for Shelby Forest, 1933-35
2014 George Graham Perry III, “The NAACP, Militancy and the Memphis Sit-ins”
The Society offers several books for purchase.
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
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
Information on submission of paper and information for purchase of books, contact Carol through the following form:
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