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Hugh Wheeler Sanford Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0005

Scope and Contents

Papers of Hugh Wheeler Sanford (1879-1961), an industrialist, inventor, financier, and author. Papers date from 1886-1963. He was the son of Edward Jackson and Emma Chavannes Sanford, graduated from Harvard University in 1900, returned to live in Knoxville. He was board chairman of Sanford-Day Iron Works and the Knoxville Metal Products Company and was a director of Fidelity Bankers Trust Company, Kimballs, Inc., Sanford Realty Company, and Manufacturers Acceptance Corporation. During World War I he was on the Council of National Defense and on the War Industries Board as chief of the Ferro-Alloy section. He held more than 100 patents from the U.S. Patent Office and wrote several books on science and philosophy. Married Margaret Woodruff (died 1947) and Anne Wilson Kimball. Papers include: family letters; scrapbook; genealogy; correspondence re: War Industries Board; letters to philosophers and physicists; poetry by Katherine Woodruff Sanford; memoir by Mary Sanford Ault; memorial re: Edward Terry Sanford; newspaper and journal clippings; reviews of Sanford’s books. For a list of selected correspondents, see A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection by Linda Posey (1974). .


  • 1886-1963

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


3 boxes


Included in Linda Posey thesis of McClung Collection Manuscript holdings and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States