Alumni records are part directories, part newspapers and magazines, part biographies, part obituaries, part yearbooks, part vital records, etc. You get the idea. If you are seeking genealogy clues, these “records’ are full of them. All of the information is derivative, but it can provide leads for you to search for original documents. And if you are documenting a person’s family story, well, there’s a ton of that kind of information too.
So what am I including in Alumni Records?
- Alumni directories
- Alumni registers
- Alumni newsletters, bulletins, newspapers, and magazines
- Commencement programs
And what information is available in them?
- Graduation dates and degree(s) received
- Current photos and/or those of their family
- Current address lists
- Where are they now and what are they doing?
- Obituaries and “In Memoriam”
- Children born to the alumnus
- Deaths in their family
- Life achievements and awards
- Interesting stories about the alumnus and their family
Below is a list of links to free online alumni record and index collections for the state:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.
(Updated October, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
- All Saints Bible College Commencement Exercises Program
- Alumni Directory of Peabody College (1877-1909)
- Belmont University Alumni News
- Campus Chatter, Alumni Newsletter of The University of Tennessee Junior College, 1943-1946
- Commencement Programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Dyersburg State Community College, Alumni Newsletters
- East Tennessee State University, University School, Alumni Newsletter
- East Tennessee State University, University School, Commencement Programs
- Lee University Alumni Magazine
- Middle Tennessee State University Graduation Lists
- Middle Tennessee State University, Mid-Stater Alumni Bulletin
- Montgomery Bell Bulletin, Montgomery Bell Academy
- Record of the Alumni, College of Liberal Arts, U.S. Grant University
- Roane State Community College Alumni Magazine
- Sewanee Military Academy, Commencement Programs
- Southern College of Optometry, Vision Alumni Magazine
- Southern Missionary College Alumni News Bulletin
- Southern Missionary College Commencement Programs
- Souvenir Alumni Catalogue, Christian Brothers’ College
- Tennessee Tech Alumnus Magazine
- The University of Memphis Convocation, Commencement Programs
- Union University College of Pharmacy, Alumni Newsletter
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Commencement Programs
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee Alumnus Magazine
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Torchbearer Alumni Magazine
- University of Tennessee, Martin, Alumni Magazine
- University of the South, Sewanee Alumni News
- University School of Nashville, Alumni Newsletters
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
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