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Harrison, Burr



  • Existence: 1894-1978


William Burr Harrison, Jr. was born November 19, 1894 in Johnson City, Tennessee to William Burr Harrison, Sr. and Cornelia Miller Harrison. Harrison attended Johnson City public schools, and for the academic year 1911-12, he attended East Tennessee State Normal School (ETSNS). At ETSNS, he was active in sports, particularly tennis and basketball. After leaving ETSNS, Harrison accepted a position as a clerk for the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway, where he worked until 1920. In that year he established the Burr Harrison Studios in Johnson City. Harrison produced an extensive body of photographs documenting life in the Johnson City area, c. 1920-50. Beginning in the 1940s he increasingly dedicated his work to commercial and portrait photography.

Harrison married Mayme Bryan and they had one son, Dr. W. B. Harrison, III and two daughters, Mrs. Rodney Skipworth, and Mrs. Steger Preston. The older Harrison was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Johnson City where he served as an elder, and a member of the Brotherhood Bible Class. Harrison died May 31, 1978 at his residence in Johnson City.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

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

Johnson City Rephotography Project

Identifier: AppMs-0873
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eighty (80) 13x19 black and white photographic prints made by visiting professor Joshua Greer's advanced photography class. Students chose negatives from the Burr Harrison photographs and restaged the photographs at the original location. Most of the photographs were taken in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a few from Jonesborough, Tennessee and one from Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Dates: 2016

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