Blue Ridge Glass – McDowell Photograph Collection, 1931 and undated

KC Manuscript Collection 523



Title: Blue Ridge Glass – McDowell Photograph Collection

Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KCMC) 523

Physical Description: 3 folders

Creator: Unknown

Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport


Provenance: The Blue Ridge Glass – McDowell Photograph Collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport by Kathleen MacMurray in August, 2011.

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 Kari Roueche and opened for research in August 2013.


This collection should be cited as:

Blue Ridge Glass – McDowell Photograph Collection, 1931 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 523, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.


The McDowell Photography was located in downtown Kingsport on Broad Street during the 1950s. The Blue Ridge Glass Corporation was first organized in 1925 and located on Horse Creek Road near East Sullivan Street through the 1940s and 1950s. Joseph H. Lewis was the vice president and general manager. The photographs were found among item’s in the Saint-Gobain archives in Pennsylvania, a corporation that once had a presence in Kingsport.



The Blue Ridge Glass – McDowell Photograph Collection consists of seventy-three images of various subjects. The majority of the images are of etched art glass. Several of these have photographer’s notes on the verso concerning distance and f-stop settings. The second most commonly covered subject in the collection is of the construction progress of a manufacturing facility that included kilns. The donor thought these might by of a Blue Ridge Glass facility.



Art Deco Glass

Glass Manufacturing



The photographs are grouped by subject in no particular order.


page 1- plant construction

page 2- plant construction

page 3- plant construction

page 4- plant construction, landscapes

page 5- Blue Ridge Glass parade entry, Folger Shakespeare Library, interiors

page 6- interiors, etched art glass

page 7- etched art glass

page 8- etched art glass

page 9- etched art glass

page 10- etched art glass