Richard H. Alvey Collection, 1938-1964

Richard H. Alvey Collection, 1938-1964

KC Manuscript Collection 10

Archives of the City of Kingsport
Kingsport, Tennessee

The Richard Alvey collection consists of correspondence, copies of news clippings, aerial photographs, published copies of Wings Over Kingsport 1938 and 1964, and 135 4×5 negatives.  All materials relate to Alvey’s two books of aerial photography.

Richard Hayes Alvey (d. 1983) was well known in Kingsport due to the popularity of his two books of aerial photography, Wings Over Kingsport, published in 1938 and 1963.  The second version of the book features both 1938 and 1963 photos of the same scenes.  The book’s text was a collaborative effort with daughter, Elizabeth, and wife, Catharine.

A native of Maryland, Alvey attended Carnegie Tech.  He came to Kingsport from Charleston,West Virginia in 1937 and was employed by Kingsport Lumber and Supply and Tennessee Eastman Company.  After retiring from TEC in 1963, he decided it would be an excellent idea to complete a second book—25 years later.

People often asked him how he could take the very same scene 25 years apart.  He would answer by saying that “the first time up I put an ‘“X”’ in the sky.”

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes.  However, some restrictions exist concerning the duplication of negatives.  The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

This collection should be cited as:

Richard H. Alvey Collection, 1938-1964.  KC Manuscript Collection 10, Archives of the City ofKingsport,Tennessee.

Elizabeth Alvey donated the collection on 17 September 1993.

Martha A. Egan processed this collection in 1993.
Jeff A. Jenson developed the finding aid in December 2005.

After checking the OCLC and RLIN national databases in December 2005, it has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Richard Alvey available elsewhere.


Alvey, Richard Hayes.

Wings Over Kingsport.



Box 1

1. Correspondence, 1938-1944

2. News Clippings, 1938-39 and 1964

3. Book Cover, Photographs and Negatives, 1938

4. Wings Over Kingsport, 1938

5. Wings Over Kingsport, 1963

6. Negatives and Prints, Miscellaneous, undated

Box 2

1. Negatives, 1938 and 1963