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Vardy, Tennessee Lantern Slides

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 500-AppMs 802
The collection consists of 72 hand-tinted glass plate positives accompanied by 5x7 color prints of each slide. The prints were created from digital scans of the slides. The photographs were taken in the 1920s and 1930s by the Reverend Chester Leonard. They depict scenes from the Vardy Community in Hancock County, Tennessee.


  • 1920-1938, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.


0.80 linear feet

0.3 cubic feet consisting of 72 lantern slides and 72 prints in two boxes other_unmapped

0.80 linear feet

1.00 Photo CDs


The collection is divided into two series: Lantern Slides and Prints.

Physical Access Requirements

Users may request to view the prints or the digital scans; the lantern slides are restricted due to their fragile status.

Method of Acquisition

Donated by McCurdy Lipsey in November 2009, accession number 2009-092. Dr. Lipsey converted the slides to 35mm film on behalf of Louise Avery of Vardy in 1971 or 1972. The Vardy Church later gave the slides to Lipsey.

Existence and Location of Originals

The Archives has a set of 5x7 prints and a CD of high-resolution JPEG images available for on-site use.

Processing Information

Processing was completed by Selena Harmon in April 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA