Tourism in East Tennessee: The History of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Current Ramifications of Tourism


Tourism has become one of the largest global industries in the past two decades. While it continues to grow exponentially as an industry, the research contributions to tourism are only beginning to flourish. Tourism has been regarded as a highly favorable substitute for economic development in the absence and decline of other industries. This project seeks to understand the development of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its evolution into a premier tourism destination in the United States. Within this study, the political, economic, and environmental issues, concerning the development of the park, must be evaluated to gain a better understanding of the continued debates regarding its use for tourism development.

Introductory Text: 

Tooman, L. Alex. The Evolving Economic Impact of Tourism on the Greater Smoky Mountain Region of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1995, 1995. ASU SPEC APP COLL G155.G7 T66 1995a

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant:

  • Great Smoky Mountains -- Tourism
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- History
  • Tourism -- Appalachian Region
  • Tourism -- Appalachian Mountains

More General:

  • Great Smoky Mountains -- History
  • Tourism -- National Parks
  • Tourism -- Politics
Clipping Files Subject Headings – W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Tourism Trade
  • Tourism Trade – Tennessee
  • Tourism Trade – North Carolina
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F442
  • F443
  • G155

Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force. Who Owns Appalachia?: Landownership and Its Impact. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1983. ASU SPEC APP COLL HD210.A66 W48 1983

Chambers, Erve. Tourism and Culture: An Applied Perspective. SUNY series in advances in applied anthropology. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997. ASU SPEC APP COLL GN397.5 .T68 1997 pages 93 – 128
Davis, Donald Edwards. Where There are Mountains: An Environmental History of
the Southern Appalachians. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1999. ASU Spec App Coll GF504. A5 D38

Fritsch, Albert J., and Kristin Johannsen. Ecotourism in Appalachia: Marketing the Mountains. Lexington, Ky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2004. ASU SPEC APP COLL G155.U6 F72 2004 pages 223 – 228

Hollis, Tim. The Land of the Smokies: Great Mountain Memories. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007. ASU SPEC APP COLL F443.G7 H57 2007 pages 3 – 32; 192 – 194, 212

Howell, Benita J. Culture, Environment, and Conservation in the Appalachian South. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. ASU SPEC APP COLL F217.A65 C85 2002

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Martin, C. Brenden. Tourism in the Mountain South: A Double-Edged Sword. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007. ASU SPEC APP COLL G155.U6 M337 2007

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Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Abramson, Rudy and Jean Haskell, ed., The Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville, TN:
University of Tennessee Press, c2006. Environment Donald E. Davis ASU App Spec Coll F106.E53 pages 357; 611 – 683; 1597 – 1598

Beverley, Robert. The East Tennessee Almanac. Franklin, N.C.: Sanctuary Press, 1992. ASU SPEC APP COLL F442.1 .B48 1992 pages 37 – 39; 101; 144

Summerlin, Cathy, and Vernon Summerlin. Traveling Tennessee: A Complete Tour Guide to the Volunteer State from the Highlands of the Smoky Mountains to the Banks of the Mississippi River. Nashville, Tenn: Rutledge Hill Press, 1999. ASU SPEC APP COLL F434.3 .S86 1999 pages 40; 43; 47; 54; 55; 59; 60; 127

West, Carroll Van. The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture. Nashville, Tenn: Tennessee Historical Society, 1998. Pages 383 - 385


Burch, John R. The Bibliography of Appalachia: More Than 4,700 Books, Articles, Monographs and Dissertations, Topically Arranged and Indexed. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. ASU SPEC APP COLL Z1251.A7 B87 2009 pages 59 – 64; 157 – 160

World Cat. Access to over 36 million records of any type (books, journals, CDs, videos, etc.) cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Includes manuscripts written as early as the 11th century. Updated daily.

Abstracts and Indices: 

America: History and Life

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Academic Onefile

Academic Search Complete


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Available on & off campus |

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GEOBASE [computer file]. 1980-present (updated monthly) Available on & off campus GEOBASE contains citations, with abstracts from more than 2,100 international journals, books, theses, conference proceedings and reports in geography, geology, ecology, and related disciplines. ASU WEB ACCESS.

Hospitality & Tourism Index Complete.

Science Direct [computer file]. Elsevier Science, Full Text, 1996-present.

A database of over 800 electronic journals covering Elsevier Science journals in the life, physical, medical, technical, and to a lesser extent social sciences. ASU WEB ACCESS

Social Sciences Index (formerly Social Sciences and Humanities Index V.1-9, 1965-1977). New York, H. W. Wilson Co. Bound: v.1-21, 1974-1995; Unbound: v.22, 1995/96. ASU REFERENCE: AI3 .S62.


Touring. Sevierville, Tenn: Touring Publications, Bound 1977 – 1997. ASU SPEC APP COLL F106 .T68

Rural Sociology. Baton Rouge: Rural Sociology Section, American Sociological Society. Library has Microfilm: v.1-5, 1936-1940; v.13-31, 1948-1966. Bound: v.5-18, 1940-1953; v.25, 1960; v.31, 1966 to present. ASU PERIODICALS.

Audio and Video Sources: 

Landry, Bill. The Heartland Series. Knoxville, Tenn: WBIR-TV, 1980. ASU MOVIES VC 7218

Other Sources: 

Robert R. Nathan Associates. Recreation As an Industry. Reprint of a Report Prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Appalachian research report, no. 2. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1967. ASU SPEC APP COLL HC107.A13 A89 no. 2 pages 13 – 17; 33; 70 – 75

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Suzanne McKinney, 30 November 2010