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James T. Dowdy, Sr. Photographs

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: AppMs-0107

Scope and Contents

Throughout his career, Dowdy collected photographs related to various, regional railroads. Some of the collection's photographs were taken by Dowdy, while others were obtained through trade with fellow collectors. Railroads included are: Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railroad (CC&O); Cass Scenic Railroad; East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (ET&WNC); Linville River Railway (LRR)*; and Southern Railway Company. Images feature communities, depots, engines, roundhouses, tracks, and work crews from different railroads in North Carolina and Tennessee. The collection includes 123 black and white prints, 118 black and white negatives, 112 black and white slides, 2 post cards, and 1 glass plate negative. Date range, 1890-1950, derived from visual examination of the prints.

*Both ET&WNC and LRR were owned by Cranberry Iron, Coal and Coke Company, Cranberry, North Carolina.


  • 1890-1950


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


0.9 linear feet

0.9 linear feet

Language of Materials



Prints are foldered alphabetically by subject. Negatives and slides are in numerical order by "APA" number. To find the slide or negative that corresponds to a print, reference the APA number on the back of the print.

Method of Acquisition

The James T. Dowdy, Sr. Photographs were given to the archives on August 5, 1981 by James T. Dowdy, Sr. University photographer Larry Smith copied 120 photographs from a larger collection of railroad photos owned by Dowdy. The collection was made available for research in August 1982.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals remained in the possession of James Dowdy.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies (TIFF and JPEG) of each image are available on request.

Physical Description

Most of the prints are poor quality use copies. Researchers who need a better image may request a scan of the corresponding negative or slide.

Processing Information

Marie Tedesco completed processing in 1988. Selena Harmon reprocessed the collection and revised the finding aid in November 2015.

Selena Harmon
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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