The editor of Kingsport Life requested a 300 word article, picture, and caption from the Archives of the City of Kingsport. So, if you pick up your free copy of this . . .
“Do you live in a historic home and want to restore the landscape design? Have you opened a downtown business and want to display photographs of the original occupants? Are you curious about how employees dressed at the early Kingsport company where your father worked? All of these scenarios recently brought patrons to the Archives of the City of Kingsport, which houses community and municipal collections that tell the history of Kingsport through maps, photographs, records, drawings, scrapbooks, news clippings, journals, and more. Our patrons include students performing research for a school project, biographers investigating the lives of their subjects, genealogists wanting stories to go with their lists of names, and even interested citizens trying to fill in the gaps of memory that we all have. Everyone is welcome in the archives.
All of the materials we care for have been donated to the archives by generous clubs, organizations, churches, families, and schools who want to help preserve the history of our area. The materials are processed, cataloged, described, and stored in a way that makes them accessible to users over a long period of time. In 2013, alone, we have added the financial papers of early Kingsport businessman and airport advocate Stephen A. Dorsett, the records of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the annexation files of the Kingsport Planning Commission, and made additions to several business, club, and community organization collections. With the acquisition of the new Muriel C. Spoden Collection, researchers can take advantage of the increased body of materials covering the Boatyard period and family historians will appreciate the more than 110 names covered in its genealogy series.
Although patrons cannot check out archival materials, we can make copies of most unrestricted photographs and documents. Come to the library, visit our website http://www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives/ or call 423-224-2559.”
Caption: Correspondence from the S. A. Dorsett Papers seeking information about the planned airport (1930).