After he began work at the Tennessee Department of Conservation in 1937, James L. Bailey crisscrossed the state, preaching the benefits of protecting our natural resources. Throughout his long career, he became such a widely-known advocate for proper use of land, development of parks and recreational areas, restoration of wildlife and protection of water sources that he was nicknamed “Mr. Conservation.” Also a talented photographer, he compiled an extensive collection of photographs.
Now part of that collection is available for public viewing as part of a new free exhibit at the Tennessee State Library & Archives. Bailey’s work is one of several collections featured in the exhibit. In addition to Bailey’s personal collection of photographs, the exhibit features many photos and postcards collected by the Department of Conservation through the years.
The exhibit highlights the beauty of Reelfoot Lake State Park, Montgomery Bell Stat