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B. Carroll Reece Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0003

Scope and Contents

The original acquisition included correspondence, memoranda, speeches, phonodiscs of speeches, Congressional reports, newsclippings, scrapbooks and photographs which provide documentation on Reece's family and on his personal life and political career, 1865-1965.

In July 1983, 11 phonograph recording were added to the collection. These 11 shellac discs contain B. Carroll Reece speeches.

A third addition to the collection included correspondence, certificates, publications and photographs on Reece's education, military life and political career, 1893-1971. In addition, the addendum contains some papers of Louise G. Reece, including her application for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and a letter from Buford Ellington, Governor of Tennessee. Copies of B. Carroll Reece's "The Courageous Commoner" (posthumously, 1962); "Peace Through Law"(posthumously, 1965); and a copy of "Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Brazilla Carroll Reece, Late a Representative from Tennessee" (1961) are included in the addendum. Materials in this addition relate to pre-existing series: Series 1, Personal Papers, 1893-1971; Series 2, Republican National Conventions, 1946-52; Series 5, Scrapbooks, 1954-65; and Series 6, Photographs and Drawings, 1919-61.


  • 1865-1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


61.00 Boxes (24 Hollinger boxes, 63 scrapbooks, 2 oversize boxes (containing photographs and certificates), 11 shellac discs)

43.00 Boxes

16.00 Boxes

2.00 Boxes

11.00 sound recordings

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The collection is divided into eight series as follows: Series 1, Personal Papers, 1908-1955; Series 2, Republican National Convention, 1946-1952; Series 3, The Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations, 1953-1960; Series 4, Speeches of B. Carroll Reece, 1920-60; Series 5, Scrapbooks, 1913-1960; Series 6, Photographs and Drawings, 1919-61; Series 7, Commendations and Certificates, 1865-1965; and Series 8, Addendum.

Custodial History

The B. Carroll Reece Papers were previously held by the B. Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University before being transferred to the Archives of Appalachia.

Method of Acquisition

On October, 1978, Harvey Dean, director of the B. Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, transferred the first group of papers to the archives. This acquisition consisted of 13 linear feet of materials and 63 scrapbooks. In total, the B. Carroll Reece Papers include material from three separate donations.

Accruals and Additions

On July, 1983, Helen Roseberry, director of the Reece Museum, transferred 11 phonograph recordings of Reece's speeches to the archives. These recordings originally were accessioned as an individual collection, but in 1989 they were added to the main Reece collection.

In May, 1987, Roseberry transferred approximately one linear foot of materials from the B. Carroll Reece Museum to the Archives of Appalachia. The records in this addendum were processed in 1990.

Processing Information

Processing of the original acquisition was completed in 1982, while the addendum was processed in 1990 by Marie Tedesco and Scott Schwartz.

Marie Tedesco and Scott Schwartz; Ed Speer
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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