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James Agee Film Project Photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0471

Scope and Contents

The James Agee Film Project Photographs consist of a number of historical photographs and negatives from the northeastern area of Tennessee that were donated to or copied by the film project from local Tennessee families and businesses. The images document life in the region during the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Included are images of Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County showing East Tennessee families, residences, businesses, agriculture, landscapes, buildings, social and cultural activities.


  • 1875 - 1956
  • Majority of material found in 1950-1951
  • Other: Date acquired: 1995-07-11


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.


2.50 linear feet (22 glass plate negatives, 434 black and white negatives, 456 black and white prints)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in three series, as follows: Series 1, Administrative Files, undated; Series 2, Negatives, 1875-1956 and undated; and Series 3, Prints, 1876-1956 and undated

The project originally assigned an alphanumeric filing arrangement to the images (ex.: A1; B1, etc.). The images have been arranged as much as possible in this order sequential order. However, because of gaps and missing numbers in the sequence, a new alphanumeric numbering system was assigned to each image in order to arrange images in consecutive numerical order. For example, the image identified as “A1” is now listed as “JA-1 (A1)”. Original negatives for which there were no corresponding prints were scanned and printed. These post-donation prints are found in Box 6.

Physical Access Requirements

Users may request to view the copy prints or the digital scans; the glass plate negatives and original prints are restricted due to their fragile status.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Ross Spears and Dale Moore, of Johnson City, Tenn., on behalf of the James Agee Film Project.

Processing Information

Processed by Brianne Johnson and opened for research February 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