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Washington County Historic Structures Survey Project Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0286

Scope and Contents

The Washington County Historic Structure Survey Project Papers consist of survey forms and photocopies of selected photographs compiled between 1983 and 1986 during the Washington County Survey Project. Several types of important information for each building were recorded during the survey including historic name, common name, name and address of the current owner, date of construction, source of construction date, present and original uses of the structure, construction details, building plan, and architectural style.

In addition to these records, there are 186 survey forms, maps, and photocopies of newsclippings that were collected during a previous survey of Washington County buildings. The survey forms are arranged alphabetically by reference to where the geographic location appears on U. S. Geological Survey topographic quadrangle maps, then alphabetically by street/address name within the geographic location. The documents of the previous survey are located at the end of the collection and are arranged sequentially by survey number. This earlier survey documented many of the oldest homes and structures in Jonesborough, Johnson City, and Washington County such as the Chester Inn and DeVault Tavern.


  • 1969-1973; 1983-1986; undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.33 linear feet (9 containers)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dale Royalty, associate professor, Department of History, East Tennessee State University, donated nine 3.5-inch floppy disks of survey data on October 1, 1986. These disks were later found to be corrupted and were disposed of. Royalty donated the manuscript survey forms to the archives in October 1989 after the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC), Nashville, Tennessee microfilmed them and the accompanying photographs and negatives.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original photographs and negatives remained in the possession of the Tennessee Historical Commission after they microfilmed the completed survey forms.

Existence and Location of Copies

Circa 1989, the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC), Nashville, Tennessee microfilmed the survey forms and the accompanying photographs and negatives.

Processing Information

The collection was opened to researchers in October 1989. Melissa Garant, Scott Schwartz, Ed Speer, and Becky Tuthill completed processing in 1990. The finding aid was revised by Marie Tedesco in 1991. The collection was later reprocessed by student workers under the supervision of Norma Riddle.

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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