The Archives and History Division of the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism houses numerous special collections including manuscripts, artifacts &c. The collections consist of documents and artifacts donated by private individuals, businesses, churches, civic and community groups and other organizations throughout East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and western North Carolina.
Please note that, while many of our Manuscript items are donated from third parties, the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism does not certify the authenticity of information herein; readers are advised to read the Disclaimer.
Your donations are important to us! We take your donations seriously! Each collection and all donated items undergo an extensive preservation and cataloging process, and are then placed in acid-free containers. Finding aids are prepared to showcase your items and to pave the way for public viewing. We make careful notes of any copyrights and restrictions you may have placed on your collection. Thank you for helping us to preserve history and genealogy in Sullivan County and surrounding areas of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia!
Please contact us if you have a collection or just an item or two that you would like preserved and listed here.
W. E. Shaw Family Bible, 1939.
Franklin, the Apostle of Modern Times, 1924.
Sullivan County, Tennessee Scrapbook, c. 1920-1940.
Sullivan County, Tennessee Store Ledger, c. 1882-1898.
Dr. Richard L. McConnell Collection, 1953-2003.
Caldwell Family Collection, c. 1883-1973 (not inclusive).
Samuel Slaughter (1831-1907) Portrait, undated.
Fannie Maupin Portrait, undated.
Isaac and Nancy Shipley Odell Portrait, undated.
Doane Family Papers, c. 1873-2004 (not inclusive).
Leona Taylor Aiken Collection, undated.
Mary Jane Biddle Collection, undated.
Homer H. Smith Collection, 1948.
William R. Dulaney and Mary C. Taylor Collection, c. 1812-1921 (not inclusive).
Phillips Store Ledger, c. 1908-1909.
Newspaper Clippings, c. 1950s-1960s.
Andrew Johnson Photographic Slides, undated.
Walter Wampler Collection, 1905-1957 (not inclusive).
Edward C. Erwin and Mary Frances Boyd Wedding Anniversary Scrapbook, 1982.
Henry Anderson (1807-1861) Family History Collection, c. 1860.
Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association Scrapbooks, 1966-2006.
Thomas Kemper Fink Collection, c. 1800-1929 (not inclusive).
Thomas J. Cross Magistrative Ledgers, 1873-1923.
Mary Winona Payne (1908-2001) Photograph Collection, various dates.
Frank Stewart Smith Collection, various dates.
Girl Scout Collection, Bristol, various dates.
Sullivan County Judicial Ledger, Register of Warrants, 1853-1874.
Samuel Patton Hicks Family Collection, c. 1889-1937 (not inclusive).
Captain J. N. Bachman Civil War Muster Roll, Sixtieth TN Regiment, 1863.
Tony Marion Collection, 1872-1893 (not inclusive).
Sullivan County Questers Collection, 1963-1998 (not inclusive).
Nannie Johnson Postcard Collection, c. 1907-1908.
Strickler Family Letters, c. 1800-1900 (not inclusive).
Blountville High School Memorabilia, 1928.
Ernest Edward Smallwood (1922-1998) Centennial Scrapbook, 1958.
Millpoint Institute School Ledger, Board of Trustee Minutes, 1889-1920.
Noah J. Phillips Collection of Newspaper Articles, 1891-1901.
Sullivan County Parent-Teacher Association Scrapbooks, 1932-1972 and 1970-1981. (not inclusive)
Blountville, Tennessee Documents and Photographs, c. 1799-1891 (not inclusive).
Historic Sites of Sullivan County, numbered edition, 1976.
James W. Houtz Family Photographs, undated.
John Thomas Land Grant, 1818.
Dr. J. G. M. Ramsey, "Autobiographical Genealogical and Historical Remarks of his own family", 1868.
Noah J. Phillips Newspaper Articles, 1902-1906.
American State Papers, 5 vols., nonsequential, 1860.
United Daughters of the Confederacy Scrapbooks, King's Boatyard Chapter, 1988-1996.
Elliott C. Lewis and Robert W. Pechin Portrait, 1895.
Robert E. Lee Engraving, undated.
S. E. Massengill Company Photograph, 1949.
John Robert Snow-Margaret Ellen Dooley Collection, c. 1853-1975 (not inclusive).
Earl Lee Feathers Collection, various years.
Charles Elmer Jones-Helen Wine Garst Family Collection, c. 1886-1904 (not inclusive).
Yearbooks, regional high schools and universities, various years, c. 1900-ongoing.
"The Greene County Story", The Greeneville Sun, 1979.
Shelbyville Times-Gazette Sesqui-Centennial Historical Edition 1819-1969, 1969.
Industrial Supplement, Bristol Courier, Bristol, VA-Tenn., 1904.
Bristol News, 1868-1873 (not inclusive).
Jesse Davis Childress Family Bible, 1882.
Blountville High School Reunion Scrapbooks, Class of 1944, various years.
Hunt Historical Library Collection.
W. Dale Carter Digital Land Database Collection, spanning c. 1775-1820.
W. Dale Carter Papers.
Kenneth W. Stallard Collection, c. 1875-2004.
Philip M. Hamer Collection: Tennessee, A History, 1673-1932.
John Rochelle Collection, 2006-2008.
Troy E. Taylor Collection.
Gary Rose Historic Photographic Collection.
Martha Elizabeth Fleenor Green Collection.
Jeanne Smallwood Bullock Collection.
PBS Ancestors Series Collection.
Buchanan Family Collection, c. 1857-1972 (not inclusive).
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, 1885.
Botswanna Imani Collection, 2008.
William Henry Harrison Gaines Maps Collection, c. 1900.
Abraham Butler Tipton family Bible, 1821.
Dr. Donald W. Lane Genealogical Research Database, 2009.
Hart Family Collection.
Dr. John J. Ensor (1826-1909) Portrait.
Inter-Mountain Newsletter Collection, 1929-1947 [not inclusive].
Ruth Richard Powell Family Collection.
Joseph Cloyd Byars, Sr. Papers.
Eliza Gammon Cunningham Collection.
Mary F. Carter Civil War Collection
James Henderson Galloway (1824-1885) family Bible
Hawk Family Photograph: Portrait of James Meredith Hawk (1838-1926)
Hawk Family Photograph: Portrait of Sarah Amanda Hayes Hawk (1861-1938)
Mary F. Carter
Historical and Genealogical Research Collection
Wally Ketron, Jr. Collection
Eugene L. Ison Collection
Melissa Ann Skipper Collection
Shelby Lodge Masonic Records, ca1865-ca1899
Mary Taylor Dulaney Turner Newspaper Articles, ca1978-ca2001
Artifact: Early Salesman's Sample Radiometer from Blue Ridge Glass Company
Ledger for Commissioners of the Poor, 1899-1931
The Plow: The Monthly Newsmagazine for the Mountains, 1977-1978
Sherman Lilly Collection, Drawings of Historic Blountville
Dun & Bradstreet Reference Book
Inez Smith Collection
The Inez Smith Collection contains 37 deeds and/or contracts from various business entities including Bluff City Funeral Home, Bluff City Baptist Church, Virginia and Southwestern Railway Company, and involved various people with the following surnames: Fisher, Henly, Lockhart, Rush, Smith, Stacey, King, McClellan, Rosenbalm, Jenkins, Lyon, Morrell, Inscho, Weaver, Messimer, Parks, Henson, Masengill, Dyche, Riley, Fleming, Wagner, Rutledge, Torbett, Sams, Malone, Tester, Francis. Dates range from circa 1899 to circa 1954, not inclusive.
Book: Fletcher's Studies on Slavery, 1852
Bettie Anderson Civil War Letters (facsimiles)
Letters were written between 1863 to 1865 to Miss Bettie Anderson from various men in the Texas Brigade.
Photograph of I.O.O.F. Home, Clarksville, Tennessee, 23 October 1912
Ann Morrison Unidentified Photographic Collection
Blountville Scrapbook Collection
Robert Duncan Wood Family Portrait Collection
Collection contains 5 oversized portraits of the Wood family and their home.
War of the Rebellion Atlas Map Collection (incomplete set)
About this Collection - This collection is a select portion of the original Atlas published in 1895 to accompany the War of the Rebellion series.
About the Original Atlas - The Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (also referred to as the War of the Rebellion Atlas) was published as a companion piece to the Official Records of the American Civil War. It contains maps and other images derived from materials generated by both Union and Confederate military personnel during the American Civil War. The original Atlas was published by the United States Department of War in 1895. It features maps of engagements large and small including Gettysburg, the Siege of Vicksburg, Shiloh and the various epochs of the Atlanta campaign. The original Atlas is composed of 178 plates containing more than 1,050 individual graphic elements. Graphic elements include maps, line art illustrations derived from photographs, technical drawings, and other illustrations. The original Atlas contains three general types of illustrations: maps, illustrations based on photographs, and illustrations/technical drawings.
Rock Springs Community Collection
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