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The Purple and Gold Collection

Identifier: 2003.006

Scope and Contents

The Purple and Gold Collection contains approximately 550 items, consisting of monthly editions of The Purple and Gold literary magazine, ranging from 1914 to 2007, with gaps in the collection. The magazine was in print on a monthly basis during the school year from the early 1910s through the mid-1960s. Special class reunion editions were published later, with the most recent one in the collection published in 2007.


  • 1914 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

While the Montgomery County Archives houses an item, it does not necessarily hold the copyright on the item, nor may it be able to determine if the item is still protected under current copyright law. It is the user’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Purple and Gold was a literary magazine published monthly by the students of Clarksville High School from as early as 1910 through the mid-1960s. In the earliest years of the publication, the May edition also served as a yearbook of sorts for seniors, featuring photographs of each senior and special articles dedicated to the graduating class. Special class reunion editions were also published later, with the most recent one in the collection commemorating the 60th reunion of the Clarksville High School graduating class of 1947, held in 2007.

Published monthly from October through May, regular editions of The Purple and Gold featured short stories, essays, and poems written by Clarksville High School students. One of the earliest editions of the magazine features two items from Robert Penn Warren, who attended Clarksville High School for the 1920-1921 academic year. The April 1921 edition opens with Penn’s short story “The Dream of a Driller” and also includes a short ode to the senior class, titled “Senior Creed.” Many of the regular monthly editions also feature articles on Clarksville High School sports teams and events, including stats and scores. The editions spanning 1939 through 1946 may be of particular interest to researchers as they showcase local reactions to World War II and the establishment of nearby Camp Campbell. From March 1944 through December 1945, most editions feature a section highlighting former Clarksville High School students in the military, sometimes including excerpts from letters or other stories about their experiences in the service.


6.67 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically

Related Materials

The Robert Penn Warren Collection, Felix G. Woodward Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Processing Information

The Purple and Gold Collection is comprised of donations from several different donors. Where editions of The Purple and Gold were found in other collections, they were removed and added to this collection to keep them in a centralized place. All items are inventoried and noted in each specific donor file that any copies of The Purple and Gold were removed. Copies that were moldy were removed from the collection.

Inventory of the Purple and Gold Collection
Sarah Fry
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States