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Harry Smith Avery Papers

Identifier: MSC 0953

Scope and Contents

Papers from Harry S. Avery. Mr. Avery was the Chief Special Agent for Tennessee for the National Board of Fire Underwriters, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshall of Tennessee, and Commissioner of Corrections for the state of Tennessee. These papers include some of his arson and medical investigations as well as papers from his time as the Commissioner of Corrections.

BOX 1: Arson Investigation and medical investigations files BOX 2: Files during Commissioner of Corrections term; Miscellaneous files; James Earl Ray research (mostly newspaper clippings)  + two license plates “Pardon and Parole Board Members” and a paperweight


  • 1950 - 1969

Conditions Governing Use

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


2 boxes

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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