The Lucy Gump Thesis Research Papers contain photographic copies of personal property inventories and wills of individuals who resided in Washington County between 1773 and 1796. These records document the property acquisition and ownership patterns of individuals living in the East Tennessee region prior to Tennessee's statehood in 1796. In addition to these records, there are "backup papers" and a computer printout that contain statistical analyses of specific types of acquisition behaviors that were used by Gump to establish acquisition patterns as part of her thesis.
The photocopies are arranged chronologically and correspond to the order of examples included within Gump's thesis. The backup papers and computer printout have been placed at the end of the collection.
Method of Acquisition
The Lucy Gump Thesis Research Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Lucy Gump, July 27, 1989. The collection consists of photographic copies of Washington County, Court Records--personal property inventories and wills--that were used during Gump's thesis research project at East Tennessee State University. Photocopies of records currently located in the McClung Collection and Duke University Archives were removed from Gump Papers by the director of the archives.
L.A.Shipley, Melissa Garant and Scott Schwartz completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers November 12, 1990.