Ella V. Ross and May Ross McDowell Papers
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.
The collection was processed by Ned Irwin, Leah Harmon, Rachel Renfro, and Allison Wilson and was opened to researchers in April 2006.
- Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (Organization)
- Central Baptist Church (Johnson City, Tenn.) (Organization)
- East Tennessee State University (Organization)
- Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works, Inc. (Organization)
- McDowell, George H. (George Howard), 1898-1970 (Person)
- McDowell, May Ross, 1898-1988 (Person)
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) (Organization)
- Ross, Ella V. (Ella Virginia), 1902-1991 (Person)
- Ross family (Family)
- Sister Cities International (Organization)
- Tennessee. Constitutional Convention (1953) (Organization)
- Tennessee. Board of Regents (Organization)
- Willis, Kathryn (Kathryn Ross Setzer) (Person)
Genre / Form
- Guaranda (Ecuador)
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- History
- Johnson City (Tenn.)--Politics and government
- Tennessee--Politics and government
- Washington County (Tenn.)--Politics and government
- Ned Irwin, Leah Harmon, Rachel Renfro, and Allison Wilson
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