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D.R. Beeson, Sr. Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-164
The D. R. Beeson, Sr. Papers contain architectural drawings, blueprints, and contract books relating to Beeson's designs of private residences, courthouses, school buildings, churches, bank buildings, and offices in East Tennessee, western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. Also in the papers are Beeson's autobiography, essays and short stories; collected games and puzzles; newspaper clippings, pins, certificates, plaques, and photographs from his life-long interest in the Boy Scouts and from his activities in civic clubs and vocational schools; books relating to Appalachia; diaries of his hiking trips through the Appalachian Mountains; and miscellaneous correspondence (incoming and outgoing) dating from 1940-1976. In addition, three unidentified account books spanning from 1830 to 1923 were retained with the Beeson papers.


  • 1830-1980
  • 1913-1970


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.50 linear feet (Includes 7 oversize folders, 1 roll storage box, 1 scrapbook)


The papers are divided into three series: Series 1, Professional Papers, 1903-1964; Series 2, Personal Papers, 1830-1980; and Series 3, Photographs and Slides, c. 1913-1975 and undated. Series 4 lists oversized materials that were removed from the collection and placed in the map cabinet. These include architectural drawings and maps.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of D. R. Beeson, Sr. were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on June 29, 1983 by the children of D. R. Beeson Sr.: D. R. Beeson, Jr., Mary Beeson Ellison, Anne Beeson Gouge, and Betty Beeson Helms.

Separated Materials

The following books have been placed in Special Collections: The Galax Gatherers: The Highlanders of the South, The Land of the Saddlebags: A Study of the Mountain People of Appalachia, and Our Southern Highlanders. Boy Scout pins for forty and fifty years of service, a Silver Beaver award plaque, a Diamond Owl Award, Outstanding Citizen award plaque, and Kiwanis Club International pins for 25 and 50 year memberships have been placed in the Archives Artifacts Collection. Thirty-six oversized architectural drawings have been placed in the map cabinet by accession number. A complete list is in box 1, folder 1. Nine maps of the Appalachian region have been placed in the map cabinet by accession number. A complete list of maps is in box 2, folder 3. Slides of the maps are housed in Series 3, folder 2.

A copy of the "Historical Map of Long Island of the Holston" was added to the Archives of Appalachia map collection.

Processing Information

Karen House completed processing and the collection was opened for research in 1985. Ned Irwin revised the findaid in 1997.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA