Friends of the Archives

Help Preserve Kingsport’s Past

By joining the Friends of the City of Kingsport Archives you have a unique opportunity to take an active role in preserving your community’s history. Our support group invites you to visit the Archives, located on the lower level of the Kingsport Public Library, meet the City Archivist, and learn how you can help further our mission.

For more information, please call 423-224-2559.

How You Can Help

  • Donate Historical Materials
  • Join the Friends of the City of Kingsport Archives
  • Visit the Archives

The Friends of the Archives, a winner of the John. H. Thweatt Archival Advancement award presented by the Society of Tennessee Archivists, provides volunteer hours for special events and financial support to the archives.

College scholarship internships are available for 160 semester hours.

FOA Membership Application

Yearly Membership Rates

Individual – $10.00
Family – $15.00
Sponsor – $25.00
Patron – $50.00
Benefactor -$100.00

Items to Purchase

My Boys by LeRoy Sprankle – $5.00

This book chronicles Coach LeRoy Sprankle’s own story of the early sports programs of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee

“This is a book that contains some stories that are so unbelievable . . . that everyone who grew up in Kingsport, or knows someone who did absolutely MUST have.”

Downtown Kingsport by Brianne Wright – $21.99

Kingsport, the “Model City,” was the first American city in the 20th century that was privately financed and professionally planned. Chartered in 1917, it was also the first city in Tennessee to adopt a city manager form of government. Kingsport’s location on the Clinchfield Railroad played a significant role in the development of the city, but it was the early visionaries and leaders who embraced the city’s potential and transformed it. City planner John Nolen, expanding on existing city plans, created a unique physical design and layout with areas zoned specifically for industrial, residential, commercial, and spiritual development. Downtown Kingsport, anchored by the iconic Church Circle on one end and the historic train depot on the other, was the heart of industrial and economic growth. Take a cruise down Broad Street from its early beginnings to the modern era.

Author Bio: Images of America: Downtown Kingsport showcases images from the Archives of the City of Kingsport. The Archives, opened in 1994, is the first municipal archive in Tennessee. Author Brianne Wright, a graduate of the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University, is employed as the archivist for the City of Kingsport.

* All Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Archives *