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State Library & Archives Receives Donation of Papers of J. Percy Priest, Prominent Former Tennessee Congressman and Journalist
(Published: August 18, 2010)

People who live in the Nashville area are familiar with J. Percy Priest Lake and Dam, but they may not know much about the man for whom they are named.

Soon, though, people from all over the state will have an opportunity to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this influential Tennessean. The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), a division of the Tennessee Department of State, provides public access to state records and collections of private manuscripts. Beginning next year, TSLA will offer a new collection that will provide insight about who J. Percy Priest was.

Earlier this month, archivists from State Library and Archives met with Ms. Harriet Priest, daughter of James Percy Priest (1900-1956), and Ms. Rebecca Stubbs, who recently wrote the biography, J. Percy Priest and His Amazing Race. Ms. Priest donated her father’s papers and Ms. Stubbs contributed her own research files to the TSLA collections.