The Bumpass Cove-Embreeville Collection includes the materials community members accumulated to deal with a serious problem in their community. Included is information on organizations which dealt with environmental and health issues, as well as the involvement of these organizations with the community. Documents related to the establishment of the Bumpass Cove Citizens Group are contained in the collection, as is Roxy Wilson's scrapbook of newsclippings, which details the history of the landfill issue as reported by the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.
The papers from four community members relating to the Bumpass Cove Citizens Group, Incorporated, 1971-1981, reflect the evolution of a group of citizens responding to a threat of hazardous waste dumping in their community; the interaction with local, state and federal agencies, and other organizations involved with environmental and social issues; and the collection of research and resource materials about other community groups, landfills, chemical and hazardous wastes, and state and federal solid hazardous waste regulations.
The distinction between personal papers and organizational papers is sometimes vague. The majority of the papers were kept by various individuals in their own homes, and each of the four donors selected materials to be placed in the Archives of Appalachia.
The papers are arranged in three series: Series 1, General Files, 1972-1981; Series 2, Tennessee Department of Public Health Records, 1971-1981; and Series 3, Scrapbook (copy), 1978-1981.
Method of Acquisition
The Bumpass Cove-Embreeville Collection was placed in the Archives of Appalachia on September 23, 1981 by Irma Turner, Jerry Walls, Russell Rogers and John Wilson. These four persons were influential in the formation of the Bumpass Cove Citizens Group, Incorporated. The collection was opened for research on September 23, 1991.
Accruals and Additions
In February 1984, Jeanette McLaughlin deposited additional photocopies of the Tennessee Department of Public Health Division of Solid Waste Management correspondence files relating to the Bumpass Cove landfill. The additional files became the property of the archives in December 1984.
Processing for the Bumpass Cove-Embreeville Collection was completed by Jeanette McLaughlin in 1981, and revised by Marie Tedesco in 1989. The finding aid was revised in 1991 by Jeanette McLaughlin and Betti Davis for the opening of the collection.
Processing for the Tennessee Department of Public Health Division of Solid Waste Management Collection was completed by Norma Myers and Betti Davis in 1987, and then revised by Marie Tedesco in 1989. Final processing was completed by Norma Myers and Georgia Greer in 1996 when the Tennessee Department of Public Health collection was added to the Bumpass Cove-Embreeville Collection.