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Ridley Wills East Tennessee Postcard Collection

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: 500-AppMs 847

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.


  • 1906-1996, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.


1.9 linear feet (1325 postcards in 3 card file boxes)

0.67 linear feet

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.

Related Materials

The Mildred S. Kozsuch Papers, AppMs 289 and the W.B. "Pat" Watson Collection, AppMs 457 contain regional postcards as well.

Other Descriptive Information

Dates are taken from postmarks and are not indicative of publication dates.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jen Bingham in September 2015.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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