Steve Cotham

Honorary Board Member

Steve Cotham joined the staff of the Knox County Public Library’s Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in 1980 and in 1986 was appointed as manager.  He has also served on the board of directors of Knox Heritage and is a current member of the board of trustees of Old Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, and is a member of the Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. In 1999, he was appointed by Knox County Commission to serve as the Knox County Historian.  Steve Cotham was the founding editor of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s genealogical publication, Tennessee Ancestors, and is the author of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, published by Arcadia Press in 2006 as part of its Images of America series. He served as guest curator for the 2001 exhibition, Louis E. Jones–Artist of the Smokies,” and for the 2009 exhibit, Mountain Splendor: Art and Artists of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1850-1950,” both at the Museum of East Tennessee History. He retired from his position in early 2022.