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Hugh L. White Collection

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-9
Identifier: 500-AppMs 707

Scope and Contents

The Hugh L. White Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives taken between 1900 and 1920. The collection documents the timber industry in southern Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century. It 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. Early photographs of Johnson City are also in this collection. Also included are White family photographs. White and his wife, Eliza, traveled a great deal during the early part of the century and those travels are documented in this collection.


  • 1900-1920


Conditions Governing Access

The photographs are open for research.


2.50 linear feet

9 Boxes other_unmapped

9.00 Boxes


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