Mary Porter Collection, c. 1940s-1989 and undated

KC Manuscript Collection 485

Title: Mary Porter Collection
Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KCMC) 485
Physical Description: 3 Boxes
Creator: Mary Porter
Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport

Provenance: The Mary Porter Collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport by Mary Porter in June 2010. Porter donated additions to the collection in 2013 and 2016.
Access/Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Processed by: This collection was processed by Brianne Wright and opened for research in June 2010. The addition was processed by Kari Roueche in June, 2013. In August 2016, after several more additions, the collection was reprocessed and the finding aid reflects this.

This collection should be cited as:
Mary Porter Collection, c.1940s-1989 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 485, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.



1. Advertisements and Brochures, local businesses, undated 1 of 3
a. Bennett and Edwards Insurance
b. First National Bank of Kingsport
c. General Shale
d. George E. Stone Grocery
e. Hecht’s Bakery
f. Kingsport Federal Savings and Loan Association
g. Kingsport Public Library
h. Latimer-Looney Chevrolet
i. Rusco Window Company
2. Advertisements and Brochures, local businesses, 1956 and undated 2 of 3
a. Bennett and Edwards Insurance
b. Bennett and Edwards Insurance
c. First National Bank
d. First National Bank
e. First National Bank
f. First Presbyterian Church, 1956
g. Heritage Federal
h. Kingsport Federal Savings and Loan Association
i. Kingsport Utilities
j. Welcome Service
k. Western Union Telegraph Company
l. Western Union Telegraph Company
3. Advertisements and Brochures, local businesses, undated 3 of 3
a. Atlas Esso Service
b. Backer Bros. Flower Shop
c. Bennett and Edwards Agency
d. Dixie Maid Baking Co.
e. Hecht’s Bakery
f. Hecht’s Sunbeam
g. Hecht’s Sunbeam
h. Howard Office Equipment Co.
i. J. Fred Johnson & Co.
k. Kingsport Utilities
l. Moore and Walker
m. Sobel’s Men’s Wear
o. William A. Wiley, M.D.
4. Balloon and parade photographs, undated
5. Bills, City of Kingsport, 1943-1954
6. Business envelopes, 1945-1971, undated, 1of 2
7. Business envelopes, 1953, 2 of 2
8. Civil defense and fallout information, 1942-61
9. Dobyns-Taylor Jewelry Box, undated


1. “Eastman Chemical Company, 1920-1995” (video), 1995
2. Eastman materials, 1976-77, 1983-84, & undated
3. Eastman newsletters, July 1990, Feb 1975, June 1976
4. First National Bank of Kingsport, checks, c.1940s (slides, 6 Kodachrome)
5. Fourth of July parade, 1955
6. “Homecoming Times,” May-October 1986
7. Kingsport Defense Homes, 1943-44
8. Kingsport Power Company, 1968-1984
9. Marketing materials, local businesses, undated
a. 1st National Bank
b. Heritage Federal
c. Downtowner motor Inns
d. Heck motors
e. Ridgefield Country Club
f. Cheers Funeatery
g. Billy Budds
h. Fabuglas
i. Mr. Gatti’s
j. Ramada
10. Polio and health materials, 1954 & undated
11. Postcards, undated
a. Cherokee Dam
b. Church Circle
c. Dobyns-Bennett High School
d. Holston Valley Community Hospital
e. Kingsport (aerial)
f. Kingsport Inn
g. Tennessee Eastman
h. Tennessee Motor Lodge and restaurant
i. Tri-City Airport
j. Warrior’s Path State Park
12. Sales Tax Chart, 1976
13. Sheet Music, “I Get a Kick out of Kingsport” by Wallace Boyd, Jr., 1989
14. Tennessee State Driver’s Manual & Election Laws, 1965 & undated
15. Tourist brochures, 1948, 1980, 1986, & undated

Materials donated in 2016
16. “This Wonderful Country of Ours,” 1943 (booklet)
17. Tennessee tourism booklets, undated


1. Craft Motors and FunFest souvenirs, 1953 and 1998
2. Dobyns-Bennett High School football programs, October 10, 1958-October 4, 1963
3. Kodak souvenirs, 1980
4. Parade (slides), undated
5. Postcards, Kingsport, undated
6. Postcards, regional, undated