Volopedia: Encyclopedia of UT History and Traditions Now Online
October 24, 2019

The UT Libraries announces the launch of Volopedia, an online encyclopedia of all things related to the University of Tennessee.

Volopedia is a user-friendly portal to topical summaries on university history and traditions. Keyword searches, alphabetical browsing, and date-range queries allow users to quickly find information on topics of interest. 

Thousands of entries chronicle UT-themed facts, figures, biographies, and events. All these facts and figures are preserved in the University Archives, the unit of the UT Libraries that maintains the institutional legacy of the university and serves as the repository of official university records, publications, and historical documents. But now they are readily available online to anyone who is passionate — or just curious — about UT history and traditions.

Appropriately, the launch of Volopedia coincides with the campuswide celebration of the university’s 225th anniversary.

The Volopedia project was initiated by Associate Vice Chancellor Emerita Betsey B. Creekmore, who began transcribing her encyclopedic knowledge of university history when she served on the steering committee for UT’s bicentennial. So, essentially the Volopedia has been a work-in-progress for 25 years. Several years ago, Creekmore brought a proposal to Newfound Press, the UT Libraries’ digital imprint, to create a searchable online database of this historical record. She contributed the first 5,000 entries for creation of the encyclopedia.

By design, Volopedia will always be a work in progress. New topical and biographical entries will be published regularly and vigorously fact-checked by staff from the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives — dedicated in 2017 to honor the author of the Volopedia who is also a longtime supporter of the UT Libraries.

We invite you to browse and discover the Volunteer tradition at volopedia.lib.utk.edu.