“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 from individuals who still lived in or were displaced by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the early 1990s, his collection was donated to …

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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. Green obtained the building and renamed the hotel "Windsor." After Mr. Green passed away, his widow, Reba Green (later Reba Offinger), managed the business until the …

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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 ETSU's library catalog (accessible by clicking here). A few of these newly cataloged publications include the Annual Reports of the Public Schools of Washington County, …

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From Our Collections: Evolution of a Town

Author: Sierra Maxwell, Archives Graduate Assistant For the past week, I have been working on the Mildred Kozsuch collection. Kozsuch graduated from ETSU in 1969 with a M. A. in library service, and continued to D.C. where she obtained archives training at the National Archives' Modern Archives Institute in 1979. She worked for ETSU's Sherrod …

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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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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 Project Records, the Marat Moore Collection, the June Rostan Papers, and the Steve Lindner Collection. During their visit, several women were interviewed on camera regarding …

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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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