Ellis Binkley Collection, 1939-1952 and undated

KC Manuscript Collection 226

The Ellis Binkley collection consists of various newspaper comics cartoons sent to Kingsport Times-News Executive Editor, Ellis Binkley.  Many nationally recognized comic artists sent the strips on the occasion of Binkley’s retirement.  Most strips are signed and carry additional greeting messages.

Ellis Binkley first came to Kingsport in 1941 as a reporter for the Times-News, eventually rising through the ranks as photographer, city editor, managing editor, political editor, and executive editor retiring in 1973.  During retirement Binkley was associate professor of journalism at East Tennessee State University.  His thirty-year career as a journalist was noted at the local, state, and national levels.

Binkley served two terms as director of the Tennessee Press Association.  He was awarded the Newspaper Man of the Year Award in 1965.  Binkley was also active in many community organizations including the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew, Tri City Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi (a professional organization of journalists), and the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Binkley played with the Kingsport Community Band and served as a Sunday school teacher and department superintendent at Kingsport’s First Baptist Church.

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:

Ellis Binkley Collection, 1939-1952 and undated.  KC Manuscript Collection 226, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Ellis Binkley donated this collection to the city.  In 1995, Bill Ford transferred the materials to the Archives.

Archives staff processed the collection and developed early finding aids.
Jeff A. Jenson provided additional processing and descriptive work during June 2007.

Binkley, Ellis, 1908 October 21-1986 August.
Caricatures and cartoons.