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Washington County Historic Structures Survey Project Papers

 Collection — other: Boxes 1-9
Identifier: AppMs-0286

Scope and Contents

The Washington County Historic Structure Survey Project Papers consist of survey forms, photocopies of selected photographs, and 9 computer discs containing an information database that was 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.


  • 1983-1986


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


3.25 linear feet

3.25 linear feet

Language of Materials



The records are arranged into two series as follows: Series 1, Survey Forms and Related Records, 1983-1986, and Series 2, Computer Discs, 1983-1986. Note: The data from the earlier survey is not contained on the discs.

Technical Access Requirements

The computer discs are 3.5 inch IBM-compatible floppy disks. The archives does not have equipment capable of reading these discs. These discs are copies of the originals (not held by the archives, whereabouts unknown) which were done in DB Masters format on an Apple 2E computer.

Method of Acquisition

The computer disc copies of the Washington County Historic Structures Survey Records were donated to the Archives of Appalachia October 1, 1986 by Dr. Dale Royalty, associate professor, Department of History, East Tennessee State University. After the completion of the survey, the manuscript survey forms, photographs, and negatives were transferred to the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC), Nashville, Tennessee for microfilming. The photographs and negatives remain in the possession of THC, while the manuscript survey forms were returned to Royalty, who in turn donated them to the archives in October 1989.

Processing Information

The collection was opened to researchers in October 1989. Melissa Garant, Scott Schwartz, Ed Speer, and Becky Tuthill completed processing in 1990.

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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