Collection of Kingsport Publications, 1917-1999

KC Manuscript Collection 281

The collection consists of various publications transferred from the Kingsport Public Library Children’s Department and the Palmer Room.  The materials include promotional pamphlets, tourist maps, informational booklets, city annual reports, and other Chamber of Commerce publications.  There are also files related to the Mead Corporation, Holston Valley Community Hospital, and Dobyns-Bennett High School.  Miscellaneous files include Fun Fest and First Night programs.

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:
Collection of Kingsport Publications, 1917-1999.  KC Manuscript Collection 281, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

This collection was donated in 2003.

Karen V. Ankabrandt, Archives Intern, developed the finding aid in January 2008.


Dobyns-Bennett High School (Kingsport, Tenn.)

Holston Valley Community Hospital (Kingsport, Tenn.)

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

Kingsport Council of Garden Clubs

Mead Corporation



1. Booklets

  1. “The Story of a City,” by Robert St. John, 1944

b. “Some Facts About Kingsport, Tennessee,” 26 May 1925

2. Mead Corporation Publications

  1. Souvenir Booklet, undated

b. “Paper Making at Mead in Kingsport” (2 copies), undated

3. Holston Valley Community Hospital

  1. 1959 Report

b. First 50 Years Retrospective booklet, 1985

4. Dobyns-Bennett High School booklet, (2 copies) 1967

5. “Kingsport Business” magazine, November 1984

6. Fun Fest Programs and Schedules, 1997-99 and First Night Program, 1997

7. Fun Fest Program, 1990

8. Kingsport Memorial Tree Fund, undated

9. Kingsport “The Quality City” land use plan, May 1988

10. Rotherwood Showhouse, 26 April-10 May, 1998

11. Miscellaneous Kingsport Maps and Chamber of Commerce Brochures, undated

12. Miscellaneous

  1. “This is Your County,” information on Sullivan County, c. 1946
  2. “State of Tennessee, Its Counties and Major Cities,” 1933

c. “Tennessee, Current and Historical Facts,” 1948

13. Miscellaneous

  1. “Kingsport, Tennessee: Founded for a Purpose” brochure, undated
  2. Kingsport City-County Building Dedication, 5 May 1963
  3. “A Family Close Up,” published by the City of Kingsport, c. 1955

d. “Kingsport- Its History and Traditions,” c. 1966

14. Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 1997 Annual Report and 1998 Plan of Work

15. Kingsport Council of Garden Clubs, Members and Officers, 1953-54

16. City of Kingsport Annual Reports, 1947-55

17. City of Kingsport Reports, 1956-61

18. City of Kingsport Reports, 1972, 1974-75, and 1994

19. Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, “The Record” Annual Report, 1950

20. Kingsport Treasures, 1986

21. “Kingsport, Tennessee: Keys to a Bright Future, 1917-67”

22. List of Kingsport Mayors, 1917-95; Series of Company Profiles on Kingsport Industries, undated, and Unidentified Newspaper, undated