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Beverly Burbage Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0597

Scope and Contents

The Beverly Burbage Papers reflect the interest that Burbage had regarding the pottery of Charles F. Decker and family. Burbage spent a great deal of time researching the life of the Decker family as well as the pottery produced. The collection of research on the Decker family pottery documents an important and often little-studied industry that operated in Washington County, Tennessee in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and its’ impact on the local largely rural community. The collection documents the life and artistic work of Charles Decker and his family through photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, company ledger sheets, and other memorabilia.


  • 1856-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


4.00 linear feet (681 photographic prints, 662 negatives, 154 slides)

1.00 folder(s)

2.00 Boxes

6.00 Boxes

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The collection is organized into two series as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1856-1997 and undated, Boxes 1-2 and Series 2, Photographic Images, 1898-1989 and undated, Boxes 3-8 and one folder in Small Photograph Collection Box 6.

Method of Acquisition

The Beverly Burbage Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Mr. Burbage’s wife, Margaret Burbage of Knoxville, Tennessee, on November 16, 2001.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Ares, Brianne Johnson, and Ned Irwin and opened for research in September 2006.

Jennifer Ares, Brianne Johnson, and Ned Irwin
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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