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Robert A. Helm Collection

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-5
Identifier: 500-AppMs 612

Scope and Contents

The Robert A. Helm Collection consists of papers documenting railroad and coal operations, primarily those of the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway, in Southwest Virginia in the mid to late 20th century. The papers were collected by Robert A. Helm over a number of years while researching his book The Clinchfield Railroad in the Coal Fields. Most of the company records were originally maintained at Clinchfield offices at Dante and St. Paul, Va. The collection includes company correspondence, reports, blueprints, maps, photocopies of aerial photographs, and industrial data.


  • 1946-1986


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


2.50 linear feet

5 boxes other_unmapped

5.00 Boxes


The collection is arranged in one series of subject files, alphabetically by topic.

Method of Acquisition

The Robert A. Helm Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Robert A. Helm, Jonesborough, Tenn., on June 13, 2002.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Ned Irwin and Rachel Renfro and opened for research in December 2005.

Ned Irwin and Rachel Renfro
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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