William Highsmith Collection
1934-1938 and undated
KC Manuscript Collection 176

Archives of the City of Kingsport
Kingsport, Tennessee

The William Highsmith collection consists of a letter along with twenty-four black and white photographs, eleven individual negatives, and 8 segments of negatives depicting Kingsport, Tennessee during the mid to late 1930s.  Images show various scenes in Kingsport including Holston Valley Community Hospital, Rotherwood, the intersection of Broad and Center streets following a large snowfall, high school parades, a view of downtown taken from Cement Hill, and the cannon that once sat at Church Circle.  Negatives are generally of the printed images, but there are a few others such as additional shots showing the removal of Broad Street’s median.   The letter is from Mead Corporation to Mr. William Highsmith.  Highsmith was living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was looking for summer work which Mead no longer offered.

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.

This collection should be cited as:
William Highsmith Collection, 1934-1938 and undated.  KC Manuscript Collection 176, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

William Highsmith donated this collection in 1991.

Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in December 2006. Brianne Johnson revised the finding aid in May 2008.

Photograph Collections–Tennessee–Kingsport.
Kingsport (Tenn.)–Pictorial Works
1. Letter and Envelope, 18 May 1934
2. Photographs and Negatives, 1936-1938 and undated


A photo of a parade along Broad Street. Part of the Strand Theatre…

Key to Kingsport

Unidentified men standing in front of the Clinchfield Railroad…


People gather to watch a parade on the 100 block of Broad St…

American Legion Pool

Image of the American Legion Pool.

Rotherwood Mansion

View of the Rotherwood Mansion. Rotherwood is located off of…

Freels Drug Store

Freels Drug Store was located at 252 Broad Street.

Broad Street Construction

Road Construction on Broad Street in front of Clinchfield Drug…


An unknown group marching in a parade.

Broad Street Methodist Church

A view of the Broad Street Methodist Church from Church Circ…


The DBHS Band marching in a parade down Broad Street.