Ridley Wills’ Postcard Collection

Text and photos by Nathan Morgan

RIDLEY WILLS II, well-known Nashville historian and former senior vice president of the National Life and Accident Insurance Co., gave UT Martin’s Paul Meek Library more than 1,000 postcards from his personal collection of some 28,000 unduplicated Tennessee cards in September 2013. The gift included all of his Weakley County postcards, which covers cards featuring photos and information from Gleason, Dresden, Greenfield and Martin. The donation also includes all of his Lake County cards, many of which highlight Reelfoot Lake, as well as various other locations throughout West Tennessee. “From the Archives” is a feature highlighting unique and interesting items from the Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections. For more information or to make a donation, contact UT Martin Special Collections and Archives at 731-881-7094 or speccoll@utm.edu.