Business

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The records of businesses reflect the day-to-day lives of the region's inhabitants. Archival collections include the records of flour mills, general stores, hotels, and a variety of family businesses.

Johnson City, Tenn., c.1900
Burr Harrison Photographs
 



APPALACHIAN COLLECTIONS

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Brabson Family

Includes daybooks and ledgers of Alexander Brabson, account books from Barkley's store in Washington Co., Tenn., and accounts of freedmen in Cedar Grove, Washington Co., Tenn.



Broylesville Flour Mill

Contains ledgers, receipt books, a day book, price lists, order forms, and an advertisement documenting the operation of this Washington Co., Tenn. mill between 1912-52.



Jacob Cameron Store

Contains an account ledger and day book (1834-62) of the Cameron store which operated in Elizabethton, Tenn. Information includes customer's names, date and amount of transactions, and items purchased.



Cass Family Business

Included are financial records, correspondence, and advertising materials related to the East Tennessee Medicine Company and the Ferguson Drug Company (1891-1925) which operated in Johnson City, Tenn.



Cox-Painter-Adams Family

This collection includes many turn-of-the-20th-century sales receipts and communications from merchants to Thad Cox, a tax attorney and builder of The Oaks Estate in Johnson City, Tenn.



Finley P. Curtis, Sr.

Contains daybooks and account books of Curtis and his partner, David J. Farthing, for their business activities (1888-1921) involving a Carter Co., Tenn. store, mining, sawmill, bark trading, and poultry enterprises.



David Diehl

Contains an account book (1850-82) recording Diehl's business as a cooper and Washington Co., Tenn. farmer.



East Tennessee Light & Power Company

Extensive collection (116 linear feet) of financial records dating from 1920-40. Also includes records of companies such as Johnson City Traction and Bristol Gas & Electric that were bought out by ET&LPC.



Frederick S. Heiskell

Includes correspondence, financial records, and clippings of this prominent 19th century East Tennessee businessman and politician related to such topics as agricultural production, railroads and transportation, livestock trade, and the newspaper business.



William C. Hicks

Contains personal and business correspondence, receipts, accounting ledgers, and a cash book documenting Hicks' business activities (1894-1927). Included are material related to his ownership of the "Midget" Roller Flour and Corn Meal Company of Morristown, Tenn. and the Virginia Rural Retreat Water Mills, Rural Retreat, Va.



J. W. Hunter and Brother General Store

The ledger of this Johnson City, Tenn. store consists of entries detailing customer purchases in 1886-87 .



Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington Co. Economic Development Board

Consists of 8 scrapbooks of newspaper articles that document the activities of the Board to promote local economic, commercial, and industrial development, 1965-95.



Lewis Family

Includes an account book (1890-95) for the Lewis family store in the Stoney Creek community of Carter Co., Tenn.



Miller Family

Papers of this prominent Johnson City, Tenn. family include material related to the Miller Brothers Company and the building of the Central Tobacco Warehouse.



Robert M. Shank

Includes Shank's account book (1899-c. 1949) related to business activities in Sullivan Co., Tenn., including the purchase and sale of agricultural products.



Washington County Court

The series called Miscellaneous Records-Exhibits (6.3) contains 83 volumes of court exhibits that include account books, daybooks, and business and estate ledgers, 1800-1938.

 
          
 



SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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Billings, Dwight B. The road to poverty: the making of wealth and hardship in Appalachia. HC107.A127 B55 2000

Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Stake your claim: Bristol, Virginia-Tennessee. F234.B7 B75 1947

Burns, Shirley Stewart. Bringing down the mountains: the impact of mountaintop removal surface coal mining on Southern West Virginia. HD9547.W4 B87 2007

Dunaway, Wilma. The first American frontier: transition to capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860. HC107.A127 D86 1996

Fink, Paul M. Jonesborough, the first century of Tennessee's first town, 1776-1876. F444.J6 F5 1989

Hsiung, David C. Two worlds in the Tennessee mountains: exploring the origins of Appalachian stereotypes. HN79.Y22 E35 1997

Kearfott, Clarence B. Highland Mills. 1970. TJ859.K4

Lay, Elery A. An industrial and commercial history of the Tri-Cities in Tennessee-Virginia. 1982. HC108.B68 L39

Lee, Tom D. Continuity and change in Washington County, Tennessee, 1835-1885: attitudes, elites, and the quest for development. F443.W3 L44 1993

Lee, Tom. The Tennessee-Virginia Tri-cities: urbanization in Appalachia, 1900-1950. HT123.5.A67 L44 2005

Matvey, Joseph J. Regionalism and globalization: essays on Appalachia, globalization, and global computerization. HC107.A127 M388 2005

Peine, John. Sustainable development strategies for communities with tourism-based economies in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. HC107.A127 E5 1990

Phillips, V. N. Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia: a history, 1852-1900 . F44.B8 P5 1992

Resources and enterprises of upper East Tennessee. 1885. F442.1.R47

Stahl, Ray. Greater Johnson City: a pictorial history. F444.J675 1983

Starnes, Richard D. Southern journeys: tourism, history, and culture in the modern south. G155.U6 S64 2003

Wolfe, Margaret Ripley. Kingsport, Tennessee: a planned American city. F444.K5 W65 1987