The collection consists of an annotated photocopy of a typescript of Smith County History: Some Account of the People of Smith from the First Organization of the County (71 pages), written by John Wesley Bowen and published serially in the Carthage [Tennessee] Courier; an undated biographical sketch of John Wesley Bowen; a photocopy of an undated newspaper clipping about Dixon's Creek Baptist Church in Smith County, Tennessee; and a photocopy of a typescript of "Thanksgiving Discourse at Gordonsville" by John Wesley Bowen (4 pages).
The Smith County [Tennessee] History Manuscript (photocopy) was donated to the Archives of Appalachia in June 1982 by Hal Smith, former Head Librarian of the Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University. The typescript seems to have been given to Smith by Elizabeth Bowen Ingram, great granddaughter of John Wesley Bowen. The annotations are attributed to Mrs. Ingram.
Existence and Location of Originals
Location of originals unknown. The typescripts are stamped "Tennessee State Library" but were not listed as available at the Tennessee State Library in August 2014.
Ed Speer completed processing and the manuscript was opened for research in October, 1987.