The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

The Court Historical Society was formed in 1993 and adopted the mission of compiling and preserving the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The Society has approximately 200 members throughout the Eastern District, mainly lawyers who practice in this court, but membership is open to all who have an interest in the Society's work.

The Society has compiled numerous oral histories; it has collected artifacts related to the court's work, and several of these are on display in each division; and it commissioned the writing of the court's history, which has been published in a book titled Justice in the Valley.

You may learn more about the Society by contacting Executive Director Don K. Ferguson at (865) 545-4234, Ext. 2222, or by writing to him at the Howard H. Baker United States Courthouse, 800 Market Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

Historical Society Newsletters

Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 10/2013Gifts to the Society from Judge Phillips
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 08/2013Judge Phillips Retires, A Discovery, TVA and Court Art
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2013Portrait Book, Spreading the Burden, The Duncan Role
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2012Judge Parsons Becomes Bankruptcy Chief, Artist Donates Paintings, District Court Chief Judgeship
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2012History Making Grand Jury, New Officers, The Kennedy Party
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2011Hoffa Documents Received, Historic Appointment, Successful Seminars
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2011Taylor Lost a Client, Oral History Interviews, Judge Guyton Hosts Visitors
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2011The Papers, Our Civil War Judge, The Second Judge to Transfer, Mountain Landscapes
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2011About Judge Wilson, Alex Haley's Visit, Historical Poster
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 02/2011Oral History Notes, The Society's Archives, The Courthouse That Was Not Built
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 12/2010Oral History Notes, Judge Hull Memorialized, Gift Books
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2010The Washingtons, Oral History Notes
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2010The U.S. Commissioner, Judge Collier on History, Noted Trial Recalled
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2010Reddy Preceeds and Succeeds Crawford, An Unveiling, History of Appointment Authority
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2009The Man Who Became Chief Justice, The Archives, Judge Wright Chosen
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2010John C. Crawford Jr., U.S. Attorney, 1953-61
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2009Local Rules vs. Standing Orders, Jarvis Oral History, Whittle Visit
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 07/2009The Jury Wheel, Courtroom Chewing, The 8th and 6th Circuit Link
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2009A Book-signing Reception, Free Legal Service, Judge Wilson on Criminal Defense
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2009Unique Court Post, Judge Susano Publishes a Book, Park Cases Today
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2008Knoxville Lawyer Tells of His Federal Judge Grandfather, Shorten Those Speeches, More on Winchester History
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 07/2008Judicial Evolution, Historical Happenings, Jarvis in Federal Supplement
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2008Naturalization, A Date Remembered
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2008Two Judges Chosen, Whiskey Hijacking Case, Parking Ticket Causes a Dispute
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2008Campaign for Congress, An Oral History Story, Snail Darter Case
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2008The Traveling Judge, Commemoration of Notable Trials, Judge Hastie Library
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2007Papers Languish in Drawers, A Twist of Fate
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2007Death of A Judge During a Trial, From Referees to Judges
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 07/2007History of Judgeships, Supporter of History, Summers on Jarvis, Revenuers
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2007Threat on a Judge, A Society Goal, History for Sale
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2007Long-Running Sanction, He Pays Bills, The Red Light
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2007Case Cards Go, Coal Case History, History Show
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2006Voice from the Past, Donation of Papers, Historical Posters
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2006Spy Case, Chicago Connection
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 07/2006Glimpses from the Past, Judge Bare, Deputy Marshal Sertel, Deputy Marshal Floyd Marshall
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2006Custom or Customs? A Tinkers Dam(n), Scenes Not Seen Today,
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 10/2005The Gavel, Jarvis Interview, A Judicial Milestone
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 08/2005Chattanooga Lynching, Burger For A Woman, Judge Neese And His Bailiff, She Has Our Book, Former Clerk Dies
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2005A Senate Page Recalls, Clear Jury Instructions, Reaching for the Gavel, Oral Histories
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 12/2004A Justice Forgotten, Old Greeneville Documents, Society Receives Gift, Judge Kelley's Papers
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2004Law Career Chronicled, Law Firm Histories, Historical Society Book,
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2004UMW Antitrust Cases, Women in the Court, New Leaders, Notes from the Outgoing Chairman
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2004Prized Possesion, Recess Appointments, Chattanooga Courthouse Wins, Chicago Trial Familiar
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2004In the Book, Birth of a Library,
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2003Notes from the Past, A Record Year, From Moonshine to Meth, Merit Selection Panel, An Unusual Juror, Greeneville History, The 12-Person Jury
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2003An Interdistrict Connection, A Call from the Chief Justice, We Mark Our Tenth Year, Conclusion of Magistrate Judge Selection, History Recalled
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2003Old Courthouses, He Started His Career Here, Probation Officer for Thirty Years Didn't Believe in the Job at First, Magistrate Judge Selection, Oral Histories
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2003Historic Times, Newsmaking Trials, It Doesn't Happen Often, Video Gift
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 01/2009Your Brother Becomes a Judge, Early Rules for Admission, Old Papers Surface
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/2002Courthouse Vaults, Our Only Multidistrict Cases, The 3 a.m. Call, Socializing with a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Judge Jordan Unveiling Ceremony
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/2002Murrian Papers, Save the Courthouses, The Red Robe, Historic Occasion, Our Tax Court Judge, Investiture, Society Book Recognized
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 11/2001Justice Douglas's Visit, Judicial News, What is Senior Status?, The Judicial Robe, Plaque Honors Judge Hull, Who Names Them?
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2001Judicial Commissions, Author Moves Up, Wooden Cabinet Update, Hicks and Supreme Court, Greeneville Courthouse History
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 02/2001A History Challenge, A Milestone at Greeneville, Last Truman Appointees
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 05/2000Society Wins Award, The Mystery is Solved, Judge Baxter Background, First Woman Clerk, Artwork, Chairman's Message
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 02/2000Save the Courtroom, Early Court Minutes, The Taylor Family, Chattanooga's First, Acquisitions, Reminiscences of Baxter Lee
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/1999Interest is High, Sanford's Funeral, White Marble Palace, Hoffa Trial Recollections, Book Report, Magic of America,
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 04/1999Impeachment, Kidnapping, Hoffa
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 12/1998Impeachment, Kidnapping, Hoffa
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 06/1998Historical Notes, Judge Morton Dies
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 03/1998The Chattanooga Mural, Greeneville and LaFollette, Customs House History, Darr Papers,
Historical Society Newsletter, Issue 09/1997Milani Remembered, Our Files are Growing, History Book Progressing, Mrs. Manson Dies, History Around the 6th Circuit