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Abrahms Family Photographs and Correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-242

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of are 202 black and white photographs of Abrahms family members and friends. The photos probably date from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s or 1940s. Most of the subjects depicted in the photographs are not identified. Also included in the collection are three pieces of correspondence, dated November 12, 1886, October 21, 1924 and January 13, 1940. Although the author and recipients of the letters are identified, it is not clear what their relationship was to one another. Also included in the Abrahms materials are one cold remedy and four 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" black and white negatives.


  • 1886-1940
  • Other: Date acquired: 1985-04-17


Conditions Governing Access

The Abrahms Family Photographs and Correspondence are open for research at the Archives of Appalachia.


1.00 linear feet (202 b&w photographs, 4 2 1/2x2 1/2 b&w negatives, 3 letters, 1 medicinal recipe)


The photographs are categorized by subject and arranged alphabetically. The correspondence, cold remedy, and negatives have been placed after the photographs.

Custodial History

The Abrahms family photographs and correspondence were found by Martha Lewis Hampton, Johnson City, Tennessee, in the attic of Virginia Abrahms' house in Rogersville, Tennessee, shortly after Abrahms' death in 1979.

Method of Acquisition

Martha Lewis Hampton donated the material to the Archives on April 17, 1985.

Separated Materials

The following items have been removed from the collection and placed in oversized storage.

1. Photo (fragile).

Processing Information

Marie Tedesco and Tim Cook completed processing and the collection was opened for research in May, 1987.
Marie Tedesco and Tim Cook
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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