Archives of Appalachia

A Unit of the Center for Appalachian Studies & Services at East Tennessee State University

Author Archives: Laura Smith

“O Lord, Where Will I Put It?”: A Ghost Tale by Mrs. Wesley Metcalf of Del Rio, Tennessee

The Archives has several ghost tales available for research, many of which can be found in the Joseph Sargent Hall Collection. Beginning in the 1930s, Hall recorded stories, remedies, and songs … Continue reading

October 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Follow the signs to Hotel Windsor in Johnson City, Tennessee

Constructed in 1909 by Henry Wilson Pardue, the Hotel Windsor (also known as the Windsor Hotel) was originally, and unsurprisingly, the Hotel Pardue. Sometime between 1913 and 1915, William F. … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Workshop Announcement

Family Treasures: The Care and Preservation of Family Papers Every family has its own story, a story passed down from generation to generation through family letters, diaries, deeds, scrapbooks, photographs, … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Governor’s School: Part Two

This June, twenty-nine high school students enrolled in the Governor’s School Program at East Tennessee State University have the opportunity to spend four days in the Archives of Appalachia learning … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Governor’s School: Part One

This June, twenty-nine high school students enrolled in the Governor’s School for the Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage at East Tennessee State University have the opportunity to spend four days in … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Washington County, Tennessee Public Schools, 1911-1916

Recently, we’ve cataloged several publications regarding education in Appalachia into our Special Collections,  which is our permanent collection of books and other printed materials. These materials can be found by searching … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Women Coal Miners Reunion at the Archives of Appalachia

On August 3, attendees of the Women Coal Miners Reunion visited the Archives. The women and their families viewed coal related documents, videos, photographs, and memorabilia from the Coal Employment … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

“The Sleeping Beauty” at the Majestic Theatre, Johnson City, Tennessee

We found this film history gem in the Johnson City-Washington County Area Chamber of Commerce Records. The flyer is for the Majestic Theatre’s screening of the silent film, “The Sleeping … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Benny & Eula Sims Collection and “Not Just Whistlin’ Dixie”

We’ve recently finished processing the Benny and Eula Sims Collection (the online guide may be accessed by clicking here). While the bulk of the collection includes numerous songbooks, there are … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Civil War Claims

In 1873, Congress established the Committee on War Claims. This committee expanded on the former Committee on Revolutionary Claims to include “claims arising from any war in which the United … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

Back to the Books

Today is the first day of classes at East Tennessee State University and we’re taking a look at just a small segment in the history of one of the most … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving from the Archives!

Take a look at this beautiful Thanksgiving menu from a dinner hosted for the Twentieth Infantry on November 24, 1927. This place-mat is part of the Georgia C. Coffey Family Papers. Georgia … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Scene of the Crime

One of our unidentified pictures from the James Agee Film Project Photographs, 1875-1956 has been identified! Here is the picture: Every time I view this photograph, I can’t help but wonder … Continue reading

October 23, 2012 · 2 Comments

The IPC Dennison Company

One of the more colorful collections in the Archives of Appalachia is the IPC Dennison Company Collection, 1929-1978. This collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by C.H. Geiger, … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Moon

Be sure to catch a glimpse of the harvest moon, which is due to arrive in the Northern Hemisphere this Saturday, September 29. According to Weather Channel meteorologists, the harvest … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Happy Autumn!

Here is a bit of reflection on autumn by 10 year old A.B. Bowman. Notations on the back of the document indicate he wrote it for a composition assignment on … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Political Collections and Conventions

Political collections are often very large, particularly when they come from politicians who spent numerous years in office. Yet, within these collections is a rich array of material that researchers … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment