The Mary Beth Spina Family Papers consist of newspaper clippings, newspapers, diplomas and other memorabilia, a scrapbook, photographs, and miscellaneous publications that document the lives of Spina’s grandparents (Frederick T. and Elizabeth White), aunt (Mary Elsie White), and mother (Freddie Lee White Spina). There is also one 45 rpm recording of Wiley Oakley telling stories of the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to family history, the collection documents such subjects such as Frederick White’s service in the Spanish-American War and the Philippines and Mary Elsie White’s work with the Girl Scout program in East Tennessee.
The collection is arranged into four series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1899-1975 and undated; Series 2, Memorabilia, 1898-1973 and undated; Series 3, Photographs, c. 1898-c. 1919 and undated; and Series 4, Audio Recording, 1955.
Method of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Mary Beth Spina, of Clarence, New York, on November 8, 1992.
The collection was processed by Ned Irwin and opened for research in April 2007.