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Hugh L. White Collection

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-9
Identifier: AppMs-0707

Scope and Contents

The Hugh L. White Collection consists of over six hundred photographic prints and negatives, most taken between 1900 and 1920. The collection documents the timber industry in southern Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century and depicts logging techniques and lumber mill practices. It also documents the railroads and the railway systems of the area.

Of interest are images of Butler, Tennessee. The town was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1948. This collection has images that pre-date the flooding. Also included are many photographs of Hugh White and his wife, Eliza. The Whites traveled a great deal during the early part of the century and those travels, especially to Havana, Cuba, and New Orleans, are documented in this collection.


  • 1900-1920


Conditions Governing Access

The photographs are open for research.


2.50 linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection consists of three series: Series 1, Study Prints; Series 2, Original Negatives, 1900-1920; Series 3, Original Prints and Related Material. The original negatives were numbered sequentially. The study prints have been given numbers that match the original negatives.

Custodial History

This collection was given to the B. Carroll Reece Museum by Jim Maxwell. It was originally part of a collection of photographic images by Clifford Maxwell.

Method of Acquisition

On November 30, 2003, the Hugh L. White Collection was transferred to the Archives of Appalachia.

Processing Information

Norma Myers and Ryan Bernard processed this collection in 2006. Doug Thompson duplicated the original negatives and made the study prints.

Norma Myers and Ryan Bernard
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA