Ella V. Ross and May Ross McDowell Papers
Collection — Multiple Containers
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.
- 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)
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.
- McDowell, George H. (George Howard), 1898-1970
- Willis, Kathryn (Kathryn Ross Setzer)
- Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.
- Central Baptist Church (Johnson City, Tenn.)
- East Tennessee State University
- Guaranda (Ecuador)
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- History
- Johnson City (Tenn.)--Politics and government
- Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works, Inc.
- McDowell, May Ross, 1898-1988
- Personal papers
- Publications (document genre)
- Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
- Ross family
- Ross, Ella V. (Ella Virginia), 1902-1991
- Sister Cities International
- Tennessee--Politics and government
- Tennessee. Board of Regents
- Tennessee. Constitutional Convention (1953)
- Universities and colleges--Tennessee
- Washington County (Tenn.)--Politics and government
- World War, 1939-1945
- Ned Irwin, Leah Harmon, Rachel Renfro, and Allison Wilson
- Language of description