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Ellis, James Garvin


A native of Erwin, Tennessee, James Garvin Ellis was born in 1921. He died June 14, 1982 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Ellis served for thirty-six years as chief photographer with the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. He took the Press-Chronicle position in 1946 after returning from military duty and after completing his degree program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in August of that year. Ellis also served as an associate professor of photojournalism at ETSU from 1973 until his death. The Jimmy Ellis Photojournalism Laboratory at ETSU's Department of Mass Communication was dedicated in his honor on October 14, 1984. Ellis' wife, June, is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee. They raised twin daughters, Janice Ellis Rowan and Melanie Ellis Norris, both graduates of ETSU.

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James Garvin Ellis Negatives

Identifier: AppMs-144
Scope and Contents The collection consists of 7000 black and white 4" x 5" negatives taken by James Ellis while he was chief photographer for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. These negatives date from only two years of his service as Press-Chronicle photographer, 1958-60. A few of the negatives were identified as having been taken by a photographer named Huffine. These are as follows: 20573, 20580, 20581, 21229-21230, 21573-75, and 21634.Unfortunately, the negatives were not identified by Ellis, so...
Dates: July 1958-March 1960