Joseph Heller Collection, 1947-1999 and undated

KC Manuscript Collection 502


Title: Joseph Heller Collection

Collection Number: Kingsport Community Manuscript Collection (KCMC) 502

Physical Description: 5 folders

Repository: Archives of the City of Kingsport


Provenance: Joseph Heller Collection was donated to the Archives of the City of Kingsport in December 2010.

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 Brianne Wright and opened for research in March 2013.


This collection should be cited as: Joseph Heller Collection, 1947-1999 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 502, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Biographical Note

Joseph Heller was a local businessman and musician. He owned Joseph’s Loan Office. The store, previously named the Kingsport Barter Exchange was established in 1933. Renamed Joseph’s MusicCenter, the store reportedly sold Maybelle Carter her first autoharp. Heller was instrumental in forming the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra and the Kingsport Community Band.


The collection contains information about the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra and Joseph’s Musiccenter. Included are newsclippings, a postcard, and photographs.


1. History of the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, 1947-1972

2. Joseph’s Musiccenter newsletter, 1998

3. Newsclippings, 19571999 and undated

4. Photographs 1957-1958 and undated

5. Postcard, undated