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ArticlesWinter 2010

Touring Tennessee via postcard

The woman pictured on this postcard, mailed in November 1907, holds a Vanderbilt pennant. A Vanderbilt football cheer is printed along the bottom.

The woman pictured on this postcard, mailed in November 1907, holds a Vanderbilt pennant. A Vanderbilt football cheer is printed along the bottom.

Editor’s note: Pictured here and on the cover are just a few of Ridley Wills II’s collection of about 26,000 Tennessee postcards.

Wills recently donated his collection of Vanderbilt and Peabody postcards, including those featured here, to the library.

He also used many postcards from his extensive collection in his book Touring Tennessee: A Postcard Panorama, 1898–1955. The Wills family has supported the Vanderbilt library for three generations.

The old gym still stands proudly on the Vanderbilt campus.

The old gym still stands proudly on the Vanderbilt campus.

Furman Hall, home to the Chemistry Library in 1907 after the 1905 College Hall (now Kirkland) fire destroyed most of the library, also included classrooms and faculty offices—much as it does today.

Furman Hall, home to the Chemistry Library in 1907 after the 1905 College Hall (now Kirkland) fire destroyed most of the library, also included classrooms and faculty offices—much as it does today.

during a 1907 visit to Peabody, President Teddy Roosevelt (standing in the automobile) is surrounded by students, supporters and the general public.

During a 1907 visit to Peabody, President Teddy Roosevelt (standing in the automobile) is surrounded by students, supporters and the general public.

The statue of Vanderbilt founder Cornelius Vanderbilt looms with the Kirkland Hall tower in the background.

The statue of Vanderbilt founder Cornelius Vanderbilt looms with the Kirkland Hall tower in the background.

A close-up look at the Social Religious Building at Peabody (now known as the Wyatt Center).

A close-up look at the Social Religious Building at Peabody (now known as the Wyatt Center).

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