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Archives of Appalachia

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Photograph Collections


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Appalachian Farm Photographs

Consists of sixty black and white prints, negatives, and contact sheets originally part of an exhibit funded by the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, and shown at ETSU in April 1979. Images depict various aspects of farming and rural life in East Tennessee.


 Appalachian Photographic Archive

This archive consists of photographs relating to the Appalachia region not found in our Appalachian Collections. This archive is arranged by topic and spans the 19th and 20th centuries.



James Agee Film Project

Includes images of  East Tennessee families, residences, businesses, agriculture, landscapes, buildings, and social activities. Images from photographs belonging to local families and businesses.

James T. Dowdy, Sr.

Images relate to three Appalachian railroads: the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, Linville River, and the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio. Scenes depict depots, engines, rail lines, rail crews, etc.

Elizabethton Star

Consists of images of Elizabethton and Carter Co., Tenn.  Taken by newspaper staff, 1955-68.

James Garvin Ellis

Consists of over 7,000 negatives taken by Jimmy Ellis while serving as chief photographer for the Johnson City Press- Chronicle and includes scenes depicting life in the Johnson City, Tenn. area (1958-1960) related to a variety of topics and individuals.

James A. Goforth

Includes photographic negatives and prints depicting railway construction and views of rail routes on the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, 1906-1915.

Burr Harrison

Consists of prints and negatives taken or collected by this Johnson City, Tenn. photographer during the first half of the 20th century. Images depict area scenes, individuals, and businesses.

Kelly and Green Company

Consists of prints and negatives made by this Bristol, Va.-based photographic company. Depicts schools, churches, and businesses (1905-1940).

Mildred S. Kozsuch

Consists of prints gathered by this collector depicting various scenes, individuals, and aspects of life in the Johnson City/Jonesborough, Tenn. area, c. 1860-1940.

Erlene Ledford

Consists of photographs gathered by this collector depicting individuals, families, landscapes, and other scenes primarily of the East Tennessee region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Clifford A. Maxwell

Extensive collection of negatives and prints taken and/or collected by this noted Johnson City, Tenn. photographer. Images depict Johnson City and Washington Co., Tenn. individuals, scenes, and structures related to life in the area, 1940- 1986.

Kenneth Maynard Murray

Consists of prints of photographs taken by this noted East Tennessee photographer and relate to the land and people of southern Appalachia, including individuals, landscapes, and such subjects as agriculture, coal mining, crafts, music, among others.

Pressmen's Home

Photographs depict the land and buildings of the Pressmen's Home of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America in Hawkins Co., Tenn, 1907-1976.

Jeanne M. Rasmussen

Includes photographs and negatives related to Rasmussen's career as a photographer and writer and reflects her interests in coal mining, life in the Appalachian coal fields, the Buffalo Creek, W. Va. flood of 1972, and images from her Smithsonian-sponsored exhibit, "Appalachian Faces."

Sing Along With Appalachia

Consists of prints and negatives depicting various aspects of life in areas now part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hugh L. White

Documents the timber industry in southern Appalachia. It also includes images of the railroads and railway systems of this area.  Of interest are photographs of Butler, Tenn., before it was flooded by the TVA in 1948.


Adams, Shelby Lee. Appalachian legacy: photographs.F217.A65 A24 1998

Aiken, Gene. Mountains ways: an album of the Smokies.F443.67.A44 1983

Barnwell, Tim. On earth's furrowed brow: the Appalachian farm in photographs.F217.A65 B385 2007

Buckley, Geoffrey L. Extracting Appalachia: images of the Consolidated Coal Company, 1910-1945.TN805.Z6 B83 2004

Casstevens, Frances Harding. The Civil War and Yadkin County, North Carolina: a history with contemporary photographs and letters.F262.Y19 C37 1997

Caton, Joseph L. Wild flowers of the Great Smokies and surrounding area: a pictorial guide.QK125.C25 1940

Lentz, Ralph E. W. R. Trivett, Appalachian pictureman: photographs of a bygone time.TR140.T75 L46 2001

Levy, Builder. Images of Appalachian coalfields.1989. HD8039.M62 U6437

Maxwell, Phillip Herbert. Valhalla in the Smokies.F443.67 M3 1938

Murray, Kenneth M. A day before yesterday: Appalachia.F217.A65 M87 2008

Murray, Kenneth M. Down to earth: people of Appalachia.1974. F210.M87

Murray, Kenneth M. A portrait of Appalachia.F217.A65 M87 1985

O'Donnell, Kevin E. Historic photos of Appalachia.F106.036 2009

Patterson, Christine P. Haunting memories: echoes and images of Tennessee's past.F437 P38 1996

Porter, Eliot. Appalachian wilderness: the Great Smoky Mountains.1973. F106.P86

Rogovin, Milton. Milton Rogovin: the mining photographs.TR681.C62 R64 2005

Sims, Becky Poteat, and William E. Kennedy. Feelings of Jonesborough.F444.J68 S54 1986

Smith, Clyde H. Appalachian mountains.1980. F106.S63

Speer, Jean Haskell. The Appalachian photographs of Earl Palmer.1990. F217.A65 S72

Stahl, Ray. Greater Johnson City: a pictorial history.F444.J6751 1983

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