Ridley Wills East Tennessee Postcard Collection
Scope and Contents
Ridley Wills began collecting Tennessee postcards in the 1930s, eventually amassing some 30,000 postcards. In 2015, he began distributing them to regional institutions. The cards in this collection represent landmarks in East Tennessee, especially in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi Counties. There are images of schools, churches, hotels, towns, railroads, scenery and more.
- Creation: 1906-1996, undated
- Wills, Ridley (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply.
1.9 linear feet (1354 postcards in 3 card file boxes)
Language of Materials
The postcards are grouped alphabetically by city, county or subject matter.
Method of Acquisition
Donated by Ridley Wills on April 27, 2015, accession number 2015-017; and on May 29, 2015, accession number 2015-023.
Other Descriptive Information
Dates are taken from postmarks and are not indicative of publication dates.
The collection was processed by Jen Bingham in September 2015.
Genre / Form
- Bristol (Tenn.)
- Bristol (Va.)
- Elizabethton (Tenn.)
- Erwin (Tenn.)
- Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.) -- Pictorial works
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Johnson City (Tenn.) -- Pictorial works
- Johnson County (Tenn.)
- Jonesborough (Tenn.)
- Jonesborough (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Pressmen's Home (Tenn.)
- Roan Mountain (N.C. and Tenn.)
- Watauga Lake (Tenn.)
- Watauga River (N.C. and Tenn.)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description