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Ella V. Ross and May Ross McDowell Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0369

Scope and Contents

The papers of Ella V. Ross and May Ross McDowell document their very active lives as professional women in the fields of education, business, law, and government, as well as their many involvements in the political, social, and civic activities of Johnson City and Tennessee during much of the 20th century. The papers include correspondence, news clippings, subject files, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and printed ephemera. Subject emphasis is indicated in the subgroup descriptions.


  • Creation: 1910-1990 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


106.00 linear feet (96 boxes, 42 scrapbook volumes, 1,320 photographs, 3 negatives, 3 audiotape recordings (with CD and tape copies) and 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into three subgroups, as follows: Subgroup 1: Ella V. Ross Papers, 1920-1990 and undated; Subgroup 2: May Ross McDowell Papers, 1915-1988 and undated; and Subgroup 3: Audio-Visual Materials, c. 1910-1987 and undated.

Method of Acquisition

The Ella V. Ross and May Ross McDowell papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on August 2, 1990 on behalf of Miss Ross by Mildred Ross McCool, Miss Ross’ and Mrs. McDowell’s sister.

Accruals and Additions

Additional material was donated by Wallace D. Britton, Central Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tenn., on June 9, 2003.

Related Publications

Olivier, Sue Willard. Precious Memories of Two American Families: Willard and Ross. 2005.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Ned Irwin, Leah Harmon, Rachel Renfro, and Allison Wilson and was opened to researchers in April 2006.

Ned Irwin, Leah Harmon, Rachel Renfro, and Allison Wilson
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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