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Le Roy Reeves Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0009

Scope and Contents

The papers of Le Roy Reeves consist of letters, military orders, photographs, sketches, newspaper clippings and genealogical data. His experimental sketches of the Tennessee state flag and his correspondence relating to the adoption of the flag are of particular interest to Tennesseans and vexillologists. Other papers document some of his activities as a member of the United States military and the research he conducted for his book Ancestral Sketches.


  • 1703-1952
  • Majority of material found within 1903-1928


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


1.50 linear feet (2 legal-size document boxes; 1 oversize folder; 1 card file)

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The papers are arranged in four series: Military Service; Genealogical Material; Tennessee State Flag Material; and Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Le Roy Reeves were donated to the Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University, on June 4, 1969, by Mary Hardin McCown, genealogist and local historian of Johnson City, Tennessee. The papers were transferred from the Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University to the Archives of Appalachia in the fall of 1978.

In January 2013, Deborah McGlohon and Myra Monroe donated Reeves family materials collected by their mother, Willie Reeves Hardin Bivins, a first cousin once-removed of Le Roy Reeves.

In March 2015, John Kiener contributed additional materials which were given to him by someone who had purchased them at a sale.

Related Materials

There is material by and concerning Le Roy Reeves in the Mary Hardin McCown Collection, AppMs 468.

Digital Exhibit: Simplicity and Sentiment: Le Roy Reeves and the Tennessee State Flag

Processing Information

Mildred Kozsuch completed processing, and the papers were opened to research in January 1979. The finding aid was revised by Ed Speer in 1987, and by Marie Tedesco in 1991. Kaley Hoffman incorporated new material and updated the container list in April 2015.

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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