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Johnson City Sister Cities Program Records

Identifier: AppMs-0328

Scope and Contents

The Johnson City Sister Cities Program Records document the activities of this local organization to promote cultural understanding between Johnson City and its’ sister city of Guaranda, Ecuador and, in doing this, to promote a broader understanding and interaction between the American people and people in other countries in the world. Travel of representatives between the two cities, student exchange programs, and the development of the Guaranda Friendship Garden in Johnson City are among significant issues documented in the collection. Collection material includes correspondence, awards, reports, memoranda, financial records, publications, minutes of board meetings, scrapbooks, memorabilia, photographs, and a 16mm color film documentary about Guaranda.


  • 1963-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


20.00 linear feet (21 boxes, 1 oversized folder, 1 folder, 1 Betamax tape/1 DVD copies of 1 16 mm film)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


The collection is organized in five series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1963-1997 and undated; Series 2, Scrapbooks, 1964-1981; Series 3, Publications, 1965-1989; Series 4, Memorabilia, 1963-1982 and undated; Series 5, Visual Materials, 1964-1985 and undated.

Method of Acquisition

The Johnson City Sister Cities Program Records were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Robert Patton, president, and Carl Bolton, Johnson City, Tenn., on November 5, 1988. Additional material was transferred from the Reece Museum, ETSU, on November 11, 1988. Patton donated additional material on December 7, 1989, January 23, 1990, and February 27, 1990. Dr. Henry Antkiewicz, Department of History, ETSU, donated additional materials from the estate of Burt F. Wyandt, Johnson City, Tenn., on June 25, 1999.

Richard and Susan Wyandt Webb donated Burt Wyandt's drawings of the Guaranda Friendship Garden on June 15, 2022, accession 2023-004.

Processing Information

Mary Dykes, Allison Wilson, and Ned Irwin completed processing the collection in March 2008.

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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