The Rel and Wilma Maples History Center on the third floor of the library
contains a wealth of information and resources on county history.  Staff members include a trained genealogist with postgraduate work in history, historical linguistics, and digital humanities, as well as a lifelong Sevier County resident. This resource is
a gem of the community that people from far and wide flock to, to do genealogy
research, explore the Great Smoky Mountain Park history, and to learn about
this region of the state.

The Maples History Center collections includes books, maps, microfilm,
photographs and negatives, church and community records, periodicals, vertical
files, and ephemera. Holdings in the History Center are for reference use only.
Materials do not circulate and are not available for interlibrary loan.

Some of our collections include:

  • Appalachian Collection
  • The Beulah Lynn Papers Collection
  • The Bob Hogan Civil War Collection
  • The H. Donald Winkler Civil War Collection
  • The Scott Ellis Civil War Collection
  • Campbell-Large Collection
  • Dick Fox Genealogy Collection
  • Doris Noland Parton (former Sevier County teacher’s research into African-American communities in Sevier and Cocke counties)
  • Duay O’Neil Collection
  • Family Bibles Collection
  • Frances Ostergeren Collection (painted homes, buildings, and scenes of Sevier County)
  • The Great Britain Public Record Office Calendar of State Papers (Colonial Series Volumes 1-40)
  • Henderson Family Research Collection
  • Herb Lawson Collection (pictures, papers, and area postcards)
  • Laura Cooper Collection (Cowen and Silver families)
  • Orton Duggan Papers Collection
  • Smoky Mountain Storytelling Collection
  • Wheatlands Plantation Collection


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