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William E. Burns Papers

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-2
Identifier: AppMs-0670

Scope and Contents

The William E. Burns Papers consist deeds, memoranda, notes, and other legal documents, correspondence, and business records related to Burns’ law practice involving cases primarily in southwest Virginia and East Tennessee in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the cases documented are property title suits, estate settlements, lawsuits filed against the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, lawsuits over monies owed patent medicine companies, and an estate suit in Johnson City, Tenn., involving lots acquired from the Carnegie Land & Improvement Company. Note: Some of the later cases were apparently ones handled by William E. Burns’ brother, Clarence.


  • Creation: 1889-1945


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


1.00 linear feet

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The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Method of Acquisition

The William E. Burns Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Debra Rose, Bristol, Tenn., on July 26, 2004.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Ned Irwin and opened for research in May 2007.

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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