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Documenting Community Traditions Collection, 1890-2001 | Archives of Appalachia

By Kirk Hrivnak

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Collection Overview

Title: Documenting Community Traditions Collection, 1890-2001Add to your cart.

ID: 500/AppMs 610

Creator: East Tennessee State University Documenting Community Traditions Class

Extent: 2.0 Linear feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in three series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1890-2001 and undated, Boxes 1-2 and oversized folder 1; Series 2, Photographs, 2000 and undated, Box 3; and Series 3, Audio-Visual Recordings, 2000 and undated, Box 4.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Documenting Community Traditions Collection consists of course work, student papers, and audio and video recordings of oral history interviews collected by students for the ETSU class “Documenting Community Traditions” (English/APST 5690) taught by Katie Doman. The class focused their research efforts on the Vardy community in Hancock County, Tenn., attempting to document the history and culture of this area. Some of the families in the Vardy community had Melungeon ancestry, and this topic is also a subject of the collection. Less extensive materials relate to research selected students did in community history in Butler, Tenn., Hawkins County, Tenn., Johnson County, Tenn., and Unicoi County, Tenn. Material in the collection primarily covers the period of the course in 2000, though some earlier materials was collected as part of the class research efforts. Materials include oral history interviews, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, miscellaneous publications, photographs, and correspondence.

Biographical Note

The Vardy community of Hancock County, Tenn., sometimes known as Blackwater, lies in a valley stretching between Powell Mountain in Virginia and Clinch Mountain in Tennessee. Above Vardy lies Newman’s Ridge, an area often associated with Melungeons and Melungeon culture. Vardy was named for Vardemon (sometimes spelled Vardiman) Collins, a Melungeon, who was one of the first settlers in the valley. The population was mostly Melungeon.



The Melungeons are a group of mixed ethnic ancestry, whose origins remain mysterious and not clearly known. They are found primarily in northeastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, and southeastern Kentucky. Anthropologists called them “racial islands.” Several surnames are associated with the Melungeons, including Bowlin, Collins, Gibson, Goins, and Mullins. They have been the subject of numerous articles, books, and studies over the years.



In the early 1920s, the Presbyterian Church Board of Missions sent Mary Rankin as a missionary. She also served for several years as a teacher and midwife. In 1928, she was joined by Mr. and Mrs. Chester F. Leonard, who opened the Vardy Community School to educate the local population. Along with providing a traditional education, the school taught practical skills and served as a community gathering place. The Vardy Historical Society has in recent years undertaken to preserve the school building as a museum.



Between January and April 2000, Katie Doman, teaching the “Documenting Community Traditions” course at ETSU, led her students in conducting a survey project of the community and doing oral history interviews with residents. The collection is the compilation of the research she and her students gathered.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 74 photographs, 32 photographic negatives, 1 floppy disc, 19 audiocassette tapes, 17 compact discs, 3 VHS videotapes, 1 oversized folder

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Method: The Documenting Community Traditions Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Katie Doman, instructor of the Documenting Community Traditions course (English/APST 5690), on June 30, 2002.

Processing Information: Kirk Hrivnak completed processing the collection in May 2008.


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Series 1: Subject Files, 1890-2001 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 1 consists of research files compiled by instructor Katie Doman and her students for the course “Documenting Community Traditions.” The files document class research into the cultural history of the Vardy community in Hancock County, Tenn., and its residents, along with selected research on other community history topics. Material in the series includes notes and files on oral history interviews, correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, student research papers, and miscellaneous publications. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brochures, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: “Churches of Old Butler and the Maintenance of Social Unity” by Travis Pelt, April 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Katie Doman, January 29–July 8, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ebbing and Flowing Spring School, 1925-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Grant Applications, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Hancock County Project: Field Notes, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Hancock County Project: Interview Logs, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Hawkins County Public Schools: Documents and news articles, 1951-1990 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: “Integration in Johnson County, Tennessee” by Pat Bellamy, April 27, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Interview Field Notes, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Interview with Albert Lee Davenport, April 11, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Interview with Mrs. Mary Beal Doty, March 3, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Interview with Mrs. Mary Beal Doty, March 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Interview with J .C. Kensinger, April 11, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Melungeon articles, 1991-2000 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Melungeon clippings, 1890-2000 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Melungeon magazine articles, 1998-2001Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Melungeon news articles, 1999-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: “Musical Traditions in Hancock County, Tenn.: A Study of Mountain Music” by Roy Andrade, May 2, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: National Register Bulletin: Researching a Historic Property, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 6: “Preliminary Survey of Agrarian and Industrial Trends in Unicoi County, Tenn.” by Gigi Phung, May 2, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 7: “Unicoi County and the Clinchfield Railroad” by Kelly Barnes, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: “Vardy Community School: Analysis and Surveys” by Katie Doman, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 9: “Vardy Historical Society Oral History Project” by Katie Doman, 2000Add to your cart.
Oversize folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Kingsport Times-News: “Memories and Dinner on the Ground”, March 14, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 2: Greeneville Sun: “Little One-Room School that Stands and Waits”, June 28, 1980Add to your cart.
Item 3: Rogersville-Hawkins County – Bicentennial Homecoming Held & Ebbing Spring United Methodist Church”, June 23, 1976Add to your cart.
newspaper article, newspaper unidentified

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