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Clarksville Community Progress Scrapbooks, 1959-1962

Identifier: 1995.001

Content Description

This collection consists of four scrapbooks produced as part of Clarksville's participation in the Tennessee Community Progress Program from 1959-1962. The scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, booklets, and other ephemera.


  • Majority of material found within 1959 - 1962


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

This collection includes four scrapbooks documenting Clarksville’s participation in the Tennessee Community Progress Program. The scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, booklets, and other ephemera. Each scrapbook documents the activities of the Clarksville Community Progress Program Committee’s participation in the state program over the course of one year, beginning in 1959 and continuing through 1962.

The Tennessee Community Progress Program officially began in 1959 and ran for four years. Sponsered jointly by the Tennessee Municipal League and the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Commerce, the Community Progress Program prompted Tennessee cities to inventory and evaluate different aspects of the community. The goal of the program was to help cities generate data and promotional materials to entice new industries and businesses to the area. Participation was voluntary, and several cities and small towns across the state joined.

The program consisted of different “projects” that each city could complete, with a certain number of them being required for participation. Generally the projects were structured so that the participating city was required to do an inventory of assets and shortcomings within the specified category and then essentially sell the positive aspects and highlight any efforts to improve. This required gathering a lot of data and other documentary materials, that participants then compiled into a scrapbook organized by project. At the end of the competition year, each participating city was required to submit this scrapbook to the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Commerce for review. Cities were divided based on their size, and competed against each other for various awards.

The Clarksville Chamber of Commerce headed Clarksville's effort to participate in the Tennessee Community Progress Program and coordinated with other civic organizations and offices of the city government for each project. Some of the project categories that appear repeatedly from year to year include "Clean-up, Paint-up, Fix-up Month," Hospitality Month, Community Industrial Inventory, Community Folder or Booklet, Community Inventory and Progress Plan, Agricultural Development, and Business and Industrial Open House. The items submitted as documentation for these projects contain information on population statistics, educational facilities, business and industry development, reports from the Clarksville Regional Planning Commission concerning city development, the Urban Renewal Project, and city recreation programs, among other topics.


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Custodial History

The scrapbooks were created by members of the Clarksville Community Progress Program Committee, which primarily included members of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce along with other local business leaders and officials. Following the conclusion of the program, the scrapbooks were donated the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library in 1963. They remained in the care of the library until 1995 when they were transferred to the Montgomery County Archives.

Processing Information

Each scrapbook was disassembled for cleaning and scanning. Each page was scanned and numbered. Items that came loose from the scrapbook were numbered with the corresponding page number and placed in acid free folders and boxes. Loose materials were arranged by book and page number, with photographs removed to the Archives Photograph Collection. Photographs, pamphlets, documents, booklets, and other ephemera were scanned again at a higher resolution. Acid free interleaving paper was inserted between pages when needed to protect materials, such as photographs. The scrapbooks were reassembled and placed in acid free boxes.

Clarksville Community Progress Program Scrapbooks Collection
Sarah Fry
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States