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Mary Beth Spina Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-414

Scope and Contents

The Mary Beth Spina Family Papers consist of newspaper clippings, newspapers, diplomas and other memorabilia, a scrapbook, photographs, and miscellaneous publications that document the lives of Spina’s grandparents (Frederick T. and Elizabeth White), aunt (Mary Elsie White), and mother (Freddie Lee White Spina). There is also one 45 rpm recording of Wiley Oakley telling stories of the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition to family history, the collection documents such subjects such as Frederick White’s service in the Spanish-American War and the Philippines and Mary Elsie White’s work with the Girl Scout program in East Tennessee.


  • 1898-1975, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.00 Boxes (1.25 linear feet (2 boxes), 13 photographs (1 box), one 45 rpm record disc and 1 compact disk (CD) copy, 2 oversized map folders)

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The collection is arranged into four series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1899-1975 and undated; Series 2, Memorabilia, 1898-1973 and undated; Series 3, Photographs, c. 1898-c. 1919 and undated; and Series 4, Audio Recording, 1955.

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Mary Beth Spina, of Clarence, New York, on November 8, 1992.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Ned Irwin and opened for research in April 2007.
Ned Irwin
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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