D.R. Beeson, Sr. Papers
Scope and Contents
The D. R. Beeson, Sr. Papers contain consist of the personal and professional papers of Donald Richard Beeson of Johnson City, Tennessee. Professional materials include architectural drawings, blueprints, and contract books relating to Beeson's designs of private residences and public and commercial buildings in East Tennessee, western North Carolina, southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. Personal materials include Beeson's autobiography; essays; photographs; games and puzzles; newspaper clippings; and other memorabilia relating to his life-long interest in the Boy Scouts and from his activities in civic clubs, churches, and schools. Four bound volumes contain journal entries and photographs from hiking trips Beeson took in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee between 1913 and 1915. A set of fabric-mounted topographical maps is annotated with the dates and locations of some of his hikes.
A small amount of material relates to other Beeson family members and to Elma Rankin Beeson’s family, the Rankin family of Greene County, Tennessee.
- 1830-1985, undated
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply.
4.7 linear feet (Includes 7 oversize folders, 1 roll storage box, 1 scrapbook)
Language of Materials
The papers are divided into five series: Papers; Bound Journals; Photographs; Oversize Materials; and Artifacts.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of D. R. Beeson, Sr. were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on June 29, 1983 by the children of D. R. Beeson Sr.: D. R. Beeson, Jr., Mary Beeson Ellison, Anne Beeson Gouge, and Betty Beeson Helms, accession number 1983-018. D.R. Beeson, Jr. contributed additional material in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005, accession numbers 1999-128, 2000-056, 2003-069; and 2005-006. Beeson, Lusk & Street Architects donated the tracings of Montrose Court Apartments and the D.R. Beeson residence in July 2015, accession number 2015-030.
The following books were cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection: The Galax Gatherers; The Highlanders of the South (inscribed to Elma Rankin); The Land of the Saddlebags: A Study of the Mountain People of Appalachia; and Our Southern Highlanders (with an annotation that Kephart's account of the Smokies is in accordance with Beeson's and Mathes' experience).
A copy of the "Historical Map of Long Island of the Holston" was added to the Archives of Appalachia map collection.
Karen House completed processing and the collection was opened for research in 1985. Ned Irwin revised the finding aid in 1997. In October 2018, Jen Bingham reprocessed the entire collection except for the oversized materials in order to incorporate unprocessed material and address preservation issues.
- Appalachian Mountains -- Description and travel Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Appalachian Trail Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architects -- Tennessee -- Johnson City Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architectural firms -- Tennessee -- Johnson City Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architecture -- North Carolina -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architecture -- Tennessee -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architecture -- Virginia -- Designs and plans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Beeson, Elma Lillian Rankin, 1889-1979
- Blueprints (reprographic copies) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Boy Scouts of America Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Clinchfield Coal Corporation
- East Tennessee State College--Buildings
- Grandfather Mountain (N.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Great Smoky Mountain National Park (N.C. and Tenn.)
- Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hiking -- Appalachian Mountains Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mathes, C. Hodge (Charles Hodge), 1879-1951
- Mount Mitchell (N.C.) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Personal papers Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Table Rock Mountain (N.C.) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository
PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA