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George Dempster Collection.

Identifier: MSC 0143

Scope and Contents

George Roby Dempster (1887-1964) was a talented and controversial Knoxville politician who served three terms as city manager (1929, 1935, 1946), one term as mayor (1952-1955), councilman, and State Commissioner of Finance and Taxation. He is most well-known for his invention of the Dempster Dumpster, a waste collection system. This collection is related to his business interests in the Dempster Dumpster Company and related subjects. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of machinery and several pieces of related printed material.


  • 1960s

Conditions Governing Access

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


6 boxes

George Dempster Collection.
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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