Louie T. Kesterson Photograph Collection
1950-1984 and undated
KC Manuscript Collection 469

Archives of the City of Kingsport
400 Broad Street
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

Title: Louie T. Kesterson Photograph Collection

Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KMMC or KCMC) 469

Physical Description: 1 box

Creator: Louie T. Kesterson

Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport

Provenance: The Louie T. Kesterson Photograph Collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport by Mary Hamilton in September 2010.

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 2011.
This collection should be cited as:

Louie T. Kesterson Photograph Collection, 1950-1984 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 469, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.
Louie T. Kesterson owned and operated Kesterson Photography on Main Street. A lifelong resident of Kingsport, Kesterson died in 2004.

The Louie T. Kesterson Photograph Collections contains photographs taken by Kesterson while employed as a professional photographer. The majority of the collection is unidentified and undated. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order based on subjects.

Box 1
1. American Legion, carnivals and parades, 1983-1984 and undated
2. Banks, undated
3. Bowling, 1963 and undated
4. Boy Scouts, undated
5. Broad Street Methodist Church, c.1960s and undated
6. Businesses, undated
a. Baylor-Nelms Furniture Company
b. Community Finance and Thrift
c. Diana Shops
d. Earle’s Drug
e. Glidden Paints
f. Jack Anderson Company
g. The Leader
h. Lighting Center
i. Montgomery Ward
j. One Hour Martininzing
k. Paty Building Materials
l. J.L. Supman, O.D.
m. J.L. Supman, O.D.
n. Unidentified grocery store
o. Unidentified Laundromat
7. Cherokee Rod and Gun Club, undated
8. City Recreation, William McHorris (director of City Rcreation), undated
9. Dobyns-Bennett High School, 1950, 1963 and undated
10. Dobyns-Bennett High School, class reunions, undated
11. Downtown Street Scenes, 1966 and undated
12. Duffer-Taylor Tire Service, undated
13. Eagles Club, undated
14. Eastman Cabin, undated
15. Elks, undated
16. First United Methodist, undated
17. Flemings on Gate City Highway, undated
18. Gray Station, undated
19. Dr. Hugh Rule, undated
20. J. Fred Johnson Park, undated
21. Jimmy Quillen, undated
22. Just Married, getaway cars, undated
23. Kesterson Studio, undated
24. Ketron High School, undated
25. Kingsport Community Church of God, undated
26. Kingsport Mall, undated
27. Kingsport Press Strike, undated
28. Mack and Mamie Riddle, undated
29. Mayfair Methodist Church, undated
30. Meadowview Golf Club, undated
31. Moose, undated
32. Musical Groups, undated
33. Porter Wagoner, undated
34. Ridgefields, undated
35. Street Scenes, undated
36. Tennessee Ernie Ford, undated
37. Texas Steer, 1955 and undated
38. Tri-Cities Airport, undated
39. Unidentified Houses, undated
40. Unidentified (people and groups), undated
41. Unidentified (places), undated
42. VFW, undated
43. West View Missionary Baptist Church, undated


Paul Fleming at Fleming's in Gate City.


Adwin Dexter at a trophy table for the Kingsport PBA Tournament.…


A food truck vendor at the 1983 American Legion Carnival.


Image of a parade making its way down Center Street.


An image of the American Legion Carnival at Dobyns-Bennett High…

Cherokee Rod and Gun Club

Members of the Cherokee Rod and Gun Club.

Unidentified Group of Women

Unidentified Group of Women pose for a photo.

Duffer-Taylor Tire Service

Unidentifed men look through boxes of automobile parts in front…

Texas Steer

Employees of the Texas Steer Drive-In. The Texas Steer Drive-In…