The Journal of East Tennessee History

Established in 1929 as the East Tennessee Historical Society Publications, the name was changed in 1990 to the present The Journal of East Tennessee History. The journal seeks to promote an interest in and appreciation of not only the history of East Tennessee but also that of the state of Tennessee, the Southern Appalachians, and the South in general. The publication features essays, edited documents, news and updates, and scholarly book reviews. Articles appearing in The Journal of East Tennessee History are indexed in America History and Life.

Aaron Purcell, Ph.D., appointed in 2009, is the editor of The Journal of East Tennessee History. Dr. Purcell was previously with the University of Tennessee Special Collections and now heads the Special Collections and Archives at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. A list of the Editorial Staff and Advisory Board of The Journal of East Tennessee History is available for viewing.

If you are interested in submitting an article to the journal, please follow the required directions. Take a look at the listing of The Journal of East Tennessee past winners and their articles, starting with the first winner in 1929.

Tennessee Ancestors

Tennessee Ancestors is the biannual genealogy magazine of the East Tennessee Historical Society with a focus on East Tennessee records and families. The magazine features a variety of family histories, Bible and records transcriptions, and other helpful research materials. Regular columns include book reviews and a listing of new books added to the McClung Historical Collection. Among the record groups currently being serialized are the post membership rolls of the Descriptive Records, Department of Tennessee Grand Army of the Republic” for East Tennessee counties, Tennessee Legislative Petitions, and War of 1812 Musters and Payrolls.

Tennessee Ancestors is a membership benefit of the East Tennessee Historical Society. Current and back issues are also available for purchase. Enjoy this recent copy of Tennessee Ancestors.



Selected Publications

PDF files of select articles from these publications are available on the Teach Tennessee History website.   Once on the website, select a historical era from the menu to see the articles available.  Enjoy!

  • Colonization and Independance
  • New Government
  • Early Westward Expansion and the New Republic
  • The Growth of the Republic
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Industrial America and Westward Expansion
  • WWI, 1920s, 1930s, WWII
  • Modern U.S