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Loye W. Miller, Sr. (1899-1979) Papers

Identifier: MSC 0977

Scope and Contents

Material from Loye W. Miller’s time at Knoxville News-Sentinel. 1 box of papers including: newspaper clippings, news stories and articles written by Loye W. Miller, Articles about Loye W. Miller, Sr., The Knoxville News Sentinel, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, support of the “Open City” (desegregation), Correspondence including one letter from Governor Frank W. Clement about pending legislation strengthening segregation. Oversized items: 14”x19.5” retirement card drawn by cartoonist Bill Dyer; 18”x26” single sheet print of the Knoxville News Sentinel front page on 1 December 1979 with Loye W. Miller, Sr.’s obituary and articles about his life and career (2 copies); 19.5”x61” humorous tourism map of Tennessee “Chuckle Map of Tennessee” by Bill Dyer published by the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works.


  • 1899 - 1979

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Loye W. Miller, Sr. was editor of The Knoxville News-Sentinel for 25 years. He was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill. on 18 January 1899 and worked for five years at The Evansville Press under Edward J. Meeman. Mr. Miller came to Knoxville in 1921 when Mr. Meeman was sent to start a newspaper there (The News) and asked Mr. Miller to go with him. Mr. Miller became managing editor of the newspaper at age 23 and continued on as such when The News merged with The Sentinel in 1926 to form The News-Sentinel. He became editor in 1941. He supported the creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and his editorial in 1963 was instrumental in the integration of Knoxville’s public spaces. Mr. Miller died 30 November 1979.


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