The Burr Harrison Photographs consist of 380 photographic images (prints and negatives) depicting Johnson City and environs circa 1881-1958. The collection represents only a portion of Harrison's work, as much of it did not survive. The collection centers on photographs of commercial buildings in downtown Johnson City; industries, residences, apartment houses and churches in the city; buildings and activities at Mountain Home; and buildings at East Tennessee State Normal School (ETSNS). Some of the photos which date from the first decade of the twentieth century probably were taken by another photographer and copied by Harrison.
There is no record to indicate whether Burr Harrison or someone else made the copy negatives and prints. The processing archivist assigned each image in the collection a sequential number which matches the original print and corresponding negative (for example, BH-1, BH-2).
The collection is divided into three series: Series 1, Prints, c. 1881-1958 and undated; Series 2, Negatives, c. 1903-1958 and undated; and Series 3, Photocopied Newspaper Clippings from Burr Harrison's photo albums.
The photographic negatives and prints are arranged according to size and format.
Physical Access Requirements
Users may request to view the copy prints or the digital scans; the negatives and original prints are restricted due to their fragile status.
Source of Acquisition
Widow of Burr Harrison
Existence and Location of Copies
The Archives has a CD of low-resolution JPEG images available for on-site use.
Marie Tedesco completed processing in 1989, and revised the finding aid in 1994. The finding aid was revised by Norma Myers in 1995. The finding aid was revised by Ned Irwin in 2006.