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Elizabethton Star Negative Collection

Identifier: AppMs-0125

Scope and Contents

The Elizabethton Star Negative Collection contains 4 x 5 and 2½ x 2½, black and white safety film negatives of pictures taken by the staff photographers for the Elizabethton Star newspaper. Five glass negatives have been kept with the collection.

The negatives date from 1956 to 1968. The newspaper also kept in its files a few copy negatives made from older pictures which preserve earlier scenes in Elizabethton.

The negatives concern the following subjects: news events; scenes of the city and surrounding area including buildings, landmarks, city streets, and the countryside; commercial and industrial activities such as store fronts and interiors, merchandise displays, and manufacturing operations; sporting events; recreational activities; school and church activities; and individual and group portraits. Nearly half of the collection is classified as group portraits. Engagement and wedding pictures were not included in the collection. Negatives of the construction of Carter County Hospital and of prints used in an issue featuring the history of Elizabethton have been maintained as a separate series.


  • 1956-1968


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


14.00 linear feet (28 boxes)

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The collection is comprised of 8 Series, with 3 Subseries in Series 8: Series 1, News Files, 1956-1968; Series 2, Commerce Files, 1956-1968; Series 3, Building, Street and Scene Files, 1956-1968; Series 4, Sports and Recreation Files, 1956-1968; Series 5, School and Church Files, 1956-1968; Series 6, Individual Portrait Files, 1956-1968; Series, 7 Group Portrait Files, 1956-1968; Series 8, Miscellaneous Files, 1956-1968, Subseries 8.1, Miscellaneous Files, 1956-1968, Subseries 8.2, Miscellaneous-History Files, undated, Subseries 8.3, Miscellaneous-Hospital Files, July 1959.

Arrangement is chronological, except that negatives dated 1961-June 1965 and 1968 were received at a later date and were filed after the 1967 negatives. Undated negatives were placed at the end of both groups of negatives received. Once arranged the negatives were assigned individual numbers with series initial and negative number (i.e. A1).

Method of Acquisition

The Elizabethton Star Negative files were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by B. Frank Robinson, President of Elizabethton Newspapers, Inc. on August 17, 1982.

Processing Information

Norma Myers completed processing and the collection was opened for research in May 1984.

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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