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Johnson City Foundry Site Development Project Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0389

Scope and Contents

The Johnson City Foundry Site Development Project Collection began as a technical practicum for East Tennessee State University students enrolled in Dr. Carroll Hyder's applied research course taught through the Department of Technology. The project evaluated the development potential of the Johnson City Foundry property. The study specifically focused on the issues of rezoning and environmental hazards that may have been generated from the Foundry's production of steel and aluminum between 1907 and 1984. The six-member research team also examined the costs associated with the demolition of the Foundry buildings and land reclamation. Studying Johnson City zoning codes, environmental reports, and demolition bids, the student project concluded in its report that the Foundry property could be redeveloped "cost effectively" for use by either East Tennessee State University or privately operated service companies.

The collection contains correspondence, reports, maps, photographs, miscellaneous publications, a drawing, and a VHS videotape that document both the history of the Johnson City Foundry and Machine Works Company and the activities of the site development project. All of the materials, with the exception of the project report, were collected by the students during the practicum. The photographs illustrate products fabricated by the Foundry, depict construction projects that utilized its steel, and identify company employees and administrators. The videotape portrays scenes of the abandoned facility. The final project report identifies potential uses for the property after the completion of land reclamation.


  • 1943-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1948-1967


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


0.30 linear feet (1 box, 1 videotape, 1 oversized folder)

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The material is arranged alphabetically by title. The videotape and oversized photograph display have been stored separately.

Method of Acquisition

The Johnson City Foundry Site Development Project Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Anthony Patrick on August 15, 1991. Patrick donated additional materials on October 22, 1991.

Processing Information

Heather Edmundson, A.Blackenship, J.Stinson and Scott Schwartz completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers on October 18, 1992.

Heather Edmundson, A.Blackenship, J.Stinson and Scott Schwartz
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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