Ella P. Buchanan Papers
Scope and Contents
The Ella P. Buchanan Papers document Mrs. Buchanan’s family and personal life, as well as that of some of her illustrious ancestors in the Sevier, Brown, Pierce, and Embree families. With documents spanning across three centuries (1785-1999), the collection provides a rich source of research material for local and family history of Washington County and Tennessee.
The collection includes correspondence, legal documents, scrapbooks, account books and ledgers, genealogical files, publications, photographs, memorabilia, and printed ephemera.
In the personal and family papers, one can document Brown, Sevier, Pierce, and Embree family history; study the operations of Brown’s Mill’s 19th and 20th century milling operations; and learn the nature of school teaching in a rural community in the early and mid-20th century. From the correspondence of Emmetta Humphreys one can find Sevier family history and much related to a long and contentious lawsuit between the descendants of John Sevier and the federal government over land once owned by Sevier. In addition to family Bibles, the series of publications include many rare and unique books on Tennessee history and on 19th century religious, educational, and medical practice. The series of photographs portray Mrs. Buchanan’s family and friends, school and nature scenes, vacations, home life and help to illustrate life in 20th century East Tennessee.
Note: There is a variant in the spelling of “Pierce,” which is sometimes found spelled as “Pearce” in the documents and photographs. For all purposes in the finding aid, “Pierce” is used synonymously with “Pearce.”
- 1785-2002; undated
- Buchanan, Ella Pierce, 1921-2003 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The Ella P. Buchanan Collection is open for research in the Archives of Appalachia.
19.00 linear feet (2 oversized folders, 1 photograph album, 1,268 photographic prints, 144 negatives, 20 tintypes)
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged into four series, as follows: Series 1, Personal and Family Papers, 1785-2002 and undated; Series 2, John Sevier Estate Case Records, 1890-1929 and undated; Series 3, Publications, 1793-1993 and undated; and Series 4, Photographs, 1896-1999 and undated.
Method of Acquisition
Mrs. Ernestine Renfro, Jonesborough, Tenn., executrix for the Ella P. Buchanan estate, donated the papers of Mrs. Buchanan to the Archives of Appalachia on January 6, 2004.
The following books have been cataloged and placed in Special Collections:
Down on Cherokee; Embree Footprints, vols. 1-5; Old Limber or The Tale of the Taylor’s; First Families of Tennessee; Holston Annual; Washington County Deeds; Singing Wheels.
Dusty Hibbs, Adrienne Marrah, Samantha James, Brianne Johnson, and Ned Irwin processed the collection.
- Brown, Byrd
- Brown, Jacob
- Brown, John Jacob
- Humphreys, Emmetta
- Pierce, Louisa Brown, 1883-19883
- Sevier, John, 1745-1815
- Agriculture--Appalachian Region Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Brown family
- Buchanan, Ella Pierce, 1921-2003
- Cooking Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Embree family
- Flour mills -- Tennessee, East Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Medicine Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Negatives (photographic) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Personal papers Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Pierce family
- Sevier family
- Tennessee--History Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Tintypes Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Washington County (Tenn.)--History Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Ned Irwin
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