From acquistion to preliminary inventory: The Burleson Family Papers

While sorting through donations, we occasionally come across materials that really aren’t suited for the Archives of Appalachia. Maybe we already have several copies of whatever it is, or maybe it’s not relevant to our mission. If the donor has agreed that we can “dispose or disperse” as we see fit, our first step with …

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“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 Beauty." This version of "Sleeping Beauty" was produced by Warner's Features, Inc. in 1913. Unfortunately, damage to the flyer's bottom right corner removed the year. However, we …

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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 also handwritten lyrics, photographs, and documentation of Benny Sims’ involvement in the Air Force Orchestra during World War II. Songbooks, such as the ones pictured …

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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 States has been engaged.” The Committee on War Claims provided an avenue for individuals who lost property during the Civil War (1861-1865) to file for …

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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 important buildings on campus – the library. Although ETSU began in 1911 with the formation of the East Tennessee State Normal School, it was not …

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Happy Holidays from the Archives!

We've pulled some festive holiday cards and photographs. The cards come from the Georgia C. Coffey Family Papers and the photographs from the James Garvin Ellis Negatives. The cards are not dated; however, the photographs are black and white scenes of Johnson City, Tennessee during the 1958-1959 holiday season. These cards and pictures evoke holiday …

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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 Coffey's brother, Troy, is listed on the roster as a corporal. These men were served a variety of food including oyster soup, stuffed olives, sweet …

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