The Faw Family Papers focus on the history of the family in the years from 1830 through 1974. Included in the collection is correspondence among family members, land transactions in Ashe County, North Carolina, wills of various family members, and Faw genealogy.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of the Faw and DeVault families, except the Henry DeVault will, were deposited in the library and museum, of the State Teachers College, Johnson City by Judge Walter Faw, Mrs. Hattie Faw Broyles, and Mrs. Leone Faw Summers through Judge Samuel Cole Williams on November 15, 1931. A certified copy of the Henry DeVault will was loaned to the Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University by Harry Faw and donated to the Archives of Appalachia on January 22, 1980. The papers of the Faw and DeVault families were transferred to the Archives of Appalachia in October 1978, and the collection was opened for research on November 14, 1979. An addition was given by Charles Sherrod, Jr. in July 1982 and opened for research October 1986.
Library of Congress No. MS82-570
Two books written by Samuel Cole Williams (History of Johnson City and Its Environs, 1940 and General John T. Wilder, commander of the Lightning Brigade, 1936) and one edited by Williams (Adair's History of the American Indians by James Adair, 1930) have been catalogued into the archives' Special Collections. Pamphlets written by Williams have been placed in the archives' Appalachian Vertical Files under his name and under "Tennessee: Origins."
The newspapers The Johnson City Enterprise and The Mascot have been placed in the Appalachian Publications Vertical Files and shelved in the reading room.
Anne Sims completed processing the collection in 1979. In 1991, Marie Tedesco revised the finding aid.