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John Goodin Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0482

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia created or collected by John Goodin. There is a particular emphasis on Goodin’s World War II military service with the United States Army, including correspondence from friends and family at home in East Tennessee. Goodin was also a railroad enthusiast and collected photographs and railroad ephemera, especially that of the Clinchfield Railroad and other Southeastern United States rail lines. Other Goodin family members are represented in the collection, especially Goodin’s father, Thomas Goodin, who was a longtime employee of the Clinchfield Railroad.


  • 1872 - 1999



13.1 linear feet (20 legal-size document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 cassette box, 1 VHS box, 1 roll storage box, 2 oversize folders)

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The material is arranged in eight series: Thomas E. Goodin Materials; Correspondence; Military; Personal; Railroad Memorabilia; Photographs; Audio and Video; and Oversize.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of John Goodin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Goodin and David Goodin donated the papers between 1996 and 2007, accession numbers 1996-013, 1997-011, 1998-032, 2005-117, 2007-041.

Related Materials

Separated Materials

A copy of Tennessee Craftsman or Masonic Textbook, 1972 was cataloged for the Archives of Appalachia book collection.

Copies of the following publications were added to the serials holdings of the Archives of Appalachia: The Jitterbug; Ties: The Southern Railway Historical Magazine; and Whistle Stop.

The following unannotated maps were added to the Archives of Appalachia map collection: "Best of Johnson City" pictorial map, 1992; Carter County, Tennessee General Highway Map, 1969; Erwin, Tennessee street map, 1972; Greene County, Tennessee General Highway Map, 1969; Huntdale N.C.-Tenn. (TVA), 1939; Sullivan County, Tennessee General Highway Map, 1969; Unicoi County, Tennessee General Highway Map, 1969; Washington County, Tennessee General Highway Map, 1969

Processing Information

Nathaniel Skaggs, Jessica Newell, and Jen Bingham completed processing the papers in September 2017.

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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