Category Archives: Tech History

Sally Crain-Jager: A Legacy of Art, Education, and Community Engagement

by Lucinda Morabito Sally Crain-Jager was an influential educator and arts advocate in the Upper Cumberland. Sally Lucile Bonham was born on October 7, 1938, to Mabel Lucile Rodgers and George Raymond Bonham in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma. In high … Continue reading

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Crafting Tradition: The First Lady’s and Tennessee Tech’s University Flag

by Tammy George Gloria Bell was a first lady at Tennessee Tech with her husband, President Robert Bell from 2000 to 2012.  Gloria Bell was the designer of the Tech Flag. As first lady, Gloria Bell desired to leave a … Continue reading

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One Small Step for… Mice: The Epic Journey of a Near-Space Traveler Named Cosmouse

Cosmouse (1970-1971) was a black-furred mouse who traveled 1,000 feet in the atmosphere at approximately 21.3 G-force in a student-designed mini-rocket on May 18, 1970, in a project led by Dr. Elmo Dooley, a professor of biology.[1] The experiment was … Continue reading

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Bartoo Hall: From Dormitory to Learning Center

by Jennifer Dewar From 1989 until 2023, Bartoo Hall contained the offices and classrooms of the Learning Resource Center, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Support Services, and computer labs. Called simply West Hall initially, Bartoo Hall was built … Continue reading

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Elsie Jobe: Shaping Strong Women at Tech

By Cailyn Douglas Elsie Etta Jobe was the Director of Physical Education for women, the Dean of Women, and the women’s basketball coach at Tennessee Tech (1928-1969). She dedicated much of her life to women’s sports and wellness and was … Continue reading

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President Thomas Alva Early

by Dean Duncan-Morin Thomas Alva Early was the first of seven recorded children of George Peter Early and Mattie J. Nolen Early, born in Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi on August 28, 1881. He attended public school in Mississippi and … Continue reading

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Myrtis Leonard Conry Ledger and Diary

by Julia Peacock In her ledger, Myrtis Leonard Conry recounts the joys and sorrows of her day-to-day life. A wife, mother, family manager, and community member, Myrtis took immense pride and joy in her life, the difficulties are (almost) all … Continue reading

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Vendors and Digitization

On Tuesday, May 11, I dropped off some sound and video recording to a professional digitization service in Atlanta, GA. I dropped off these materials so that I could ensure they securely made it to the facility. The materials we … Continue reading

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New Exhibit Explores the History of Black Students and Employees at Tennessee Tech

By Hannah O’Daniel McCallon The Tennessee Tech University Archives’ newest digital exhibit is now live! “Imagine Going Half a Day and Not Seeing Anybody That Looks Like You”: A History of Black Students & Employees at Tennessee Tech provides a … Continue reading

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Archive Update! Quarantine Projects in the Works.

by Megan M. Atkinson At the end of March, employees, students, and volunteers at Tennessee Tech University Archives and Special Collections began working from home, with the exception of myself. I am working both on campus and off campus, managing … Continue reading

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