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Photo Album of the Great Smokey Mountains

Identifier: MSS 87-06

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the “Photo Album of the Great Smokey Mountains,” compiled by Max V. Straub, of Canton, OH. The photographs in this album are dated from 1926-1930, and show a variety of locations within the Great Smoky Mountains. Many of the locations shown would become part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, chartered in 1934 and officially dedicated in 1940.

Straub's photographs show the Great Smoky Mountains region and some of its inhabitants during a period of increasing activity in the region. In addition to the hiking clubs and early tourists in the area, surveyors were at work in the late 1920s on various land titles in anticipation of the establishment of the coming national park. In addition, a new road that stretched from Sugarlands, TN to Newfound Gap, NC was under construction. The Tennessee portion of the road was apparently finished by late 1930; however, the North Carolina section was still under construction in 1931.

Straub's captions mention several individuals by name. Jack Huff took over operation of a camp on Mt. LeConte on May 10, 1926, and later built LeConte Lodge ("the House that Jack built"). Huff ran the lodge until 1960. "Uncle" Tom Campbell had a cabin in the Gatlinburg vicinity.

Members of the McCarter, Ogle, Campbell, and Huff families, residents of lands that would become part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are also pictured in the album.

The inventory below gives the caption and date of each photograph, whenever present.


Adams, Paul J. Mt. LeConte. Knoxville: Holston Printing Co., 1966 (p. 63)

Frome, Michael. Strangers in High Places. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1966 (p. 324).

Greve, Jeanette S. The Story of Gatlinburg. Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1931 (p. 132).

Mason, Robert Lindsay. The Lure of the Great Smokies. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1927 (p. 305).

Russell, Gladys Trentham. Call Me Hillbilly: A Personal Account of Growing Up in the Smokies Near Gatlinburg. Alcoa, Tenn.,: Russell Publishing Co., 1974 (pp. 20, 71-72).

Thornburgh, Laura. The Great Smoky Mountains. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1937 (p. 97-98, 126).


  • 1926 - 1930

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Cullowhee United States