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Maxwell, Clifford A. (Clifford Arthur), 1906-1986



  • Existence: 1906 - 1986


Clifford A. Maxwell was born in Bristol, Tennessee on June 24, 1906, the son of Arthur Clifford and Bessie Ball Maxwell. As a youngster, he moved with his family to Johnson City, where he attended public school and East Tennessee State Teachers College. In the 1920s Maxwell journeyed to New York, where he found work writing humor for a number of magazines. During the 1930s he returned to Johnson City to begin a photographic career which, except for time spent in the United States Navy during World War II, lasted until 1986.

Maxwell married Ruth Barker in 1950. They had one son, James, who as of this writing resides in Johnson City. Maxwell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, as well as in a number of community organizations, among them the Johnson City/Washington County area Chamber of Commerce, the Watauga Valley Art League, and the Tipton-Haynes Historical Association. He also was a member of both the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association and the Professional Photographers of America.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Clifford A. Maxwell Photographs

Identifier: AppMs-0297
Scope and Contents The Clifford A. Maxwell Photographs document businesses, events, people, and places in Johnson City, Jonesborough, greater Washington County, and the larger tri-cities region. The negatives and prints in the collection date from the 1940s and continue through the 1980s. However, many of the negatives are surrogates of items from the photographic collections of Burr Harrison and Mildred Kozsuch, among others, and portray subject matter dating as far back as the late 19th and early 20th...
Dates: 1940-1986

Burr Harrison Photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0064
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1881-1958

Ruth B. Maxwell Papers

 Collection — Other Box 1
Identifier: AppMs-0678
Scope and Contents

The Ruth B. Maxwell Papers consist of a family lineage chart, correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and miscellaneous printed ephemera documenting Maxwell’s interest in genealogy and local history, especially her activities in various patriotic organizations. The photographs are primarily images of individuals taken by her husband, Clifford, a professional photographer.

Dates: 1940-1983 and undated

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Church history -- Tennessee 2
Hotels -- Tennessee, East 2
Industries -- Tennessee -- Johnson City 2
Johnson City (Tenn.) -- History 2
Johnson City (Tenn.)--Social life and customs 2