Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources > Sullivan County

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Adventure II, flatboats "Round the bend", & journey II, footsteps of the past. Compiled & edited by Leona Taylor Aiken. Kingsport, Sullivan County Hist. Soc., 1979. 251 pp.

Ahern, R.L., Jr., & R.F. Hunt, Jr., eds. "The Boatyard store, 1814-1825. " THQ 14 (1955), pp. 257-277.

Allred, Charles E. Effect of industrial development on agriculture. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1939. 50 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #97)

Allred, Charles E. Effect of industrial development on population change. Knoxville, TN Ag. Exp. Sta., 1939. 49 pp. (its Rural research series monograph #96)

Allred, Charles E. & J.C. Fitch. Effects of industrial development on rural life in Sullivan County, TN.  Knoxville, UT Div. Extension, 1928. 45 pp. (UT Record, v. 5 #3)

Anderson, Paul F. The history of educational development in Sullivan County, TN. UT thesis, 1936. 91 pp.

Barkley, Anna M. Local history stories for third grade, Washington & Sullivan counties, TN. ETSC thesis, 1952. 83 pp.

Barnes, Thelma G. Adventures in education, Sullivan County, 1773-1983. N.p., Sullivan County Retired Teachers Assn., 1985. 292 pp.

Begley, Benjamin C. Vascular flora of Warrior's Path State Park, Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1987. 52 pp.

Biographical directory, TN General Assembly, 1796-1969 (Sullivan County, Preliminary # 38-A). Nashville, TSLA, 1973. 76 pp.

Burton, Thomas G. "Sir Hugh in Sullivan County. " TN Folklore Soc. Bull. 31 (1965), pp. 42-47.

Chase, Lewis. Changes in social & economic status of the people in Sullivan County for a thirty year period. UT thesis, 1936. 100 pp.

Churches & institutions of Sullivan County, TN. Milligan College, 1994. 295 pp. (Restoration Movement term papers by Milligan College students enrolled in "Reformation of the Nineteenth Century," taught by Dr. Henry E. Webb)

Clayton, LaReine W. "The Irish Peddler-boy & Old Deery Inn. " THQ 36 (1977), pp. 149-160.

Entering a new century: Sullivan County, TN, 1895-1905. Blountville, Sullivan County Hist. Soc., 1986. 160 pp.

Families & history of Sullivan County, TN. Compiled by Holston Territory Gen. Soc. Waynesville, NC, Walsworth Pub., 1992. (vol. 1, 1779-1992)

First TN-VA Dev. Dist. Potential industrial areas in Sullivan County, TN. Johnson City, First TN-VA Dev. Dist. in cooperation with TVA, 1970. (unp. maps)

First TN-VA Dev. Dist. Water & sewer plan, Sullivan County, TN. N.p., 1970. 61 pp.

Flood insurance study: Sullivan County, TN, unincorporated areas. Rev. June 16, 1993. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1990. 40 pp.

Fuller, Hugh E. Joseph Ketron & his Kingsley Seminary, Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1953. 56 pp.

Glenwood Baptist Church Centennial Comm. History of Glenwood Baptist Church, 1887-1987. N.p., the church, 1987. pp.

Goodspeed's history of east TN (Sullivan County, pp. 912-921, 1300-1312). Goodspeed, 1887.

Green, Marion. Facilities for developmentally disabled adults in Sullivan County: a statement of need. ETSU thesis, 1979. 48 pp.

Hamer, Marguerite B. "John Rhea of TN. " ETHSP 4 (1932), pp. 35-44.

Harkrader, Charles J. Witness to an epoch. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1965. 279 pp.

Hasbrouck, Clara H. A study of the feasibility of combined school & public libraries in Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1975. 54 pp.

Health profile: Sullivan County, TN. Johnson City, ARCHA Health Systems Agency, Inc., 1981. 22 pp. (reprinted 1986)

Henderson, Archibald. "The treaty of Long Island of Holston, July, 1777. " NC Hist. Rev. 8 (1931), pp. 55-116.

Historical Records Survey, TN. A summary of special legislation relating to the government of Sullivan County. Nashville, the survey, 1940. 19 pp. (its Special publication #4)

Hist. Soc. of Washington County, VA. Addresses. Abingdon, VA, n.p., 1945. 33 pp. (the Society's Bulletin #12, History of Sullivan County, TN by V.C. Harwood.)

Holland, Charles D. Grade A milk producers in Sullivan County, TN. Problem A: Characteristics of Sullivan County Grade A milk producers & their farms; problem B: Management practices of Sullivan County Grade A milk producers; problem C: Factors influencing dairy management practice adoption by Sullivan County Grade A milk producers. (three related special problems in lieu of thesis. UT, 1965. 140 pp.)

Hunt, Raymond F., Jr. "The Pactolus Ironworks. " THQ 25 (1966), pp. 176-196.

Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 37 pp.

Jordan, Douglas F. "A Clovis point from Sullivan County. " TN Arch. 12 (1956), pp. 15-16.

Ketron, Albert C. A brief account of the life & work of Prof. Joseph H. Ketron. N.p., 1950.

La Rue, Ronald R. Ephemeroptera of Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1968. 36 pp.

Lay, Elery A. An industrial & commercial history of the tri-cities in TN/VA. N.p., Lay Publications, 1982. 132 pp. (first published as the author's thesis, George Peabody College, 1960)

McNutt, Charles H. An archaeological overview & management plan for the Holston Army Ammunition Plant, Hawkins & Sullivan counties, TN. Walnut Creek, CA, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, 1984. 1 vol.

Malone, Willie J. Buck Van Huss, the legend. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1988. 145 pp.

Marshall, Martha. Saga of the Vikings of TN High School. N.p., East TN Print, 1983. pp.

New Bethel Church (Sullivan County, TN). The New Bethel sesquicentennial, 1782-1932; comprising an account of the sesquicentennial of the New Bethel Presbyterian Church, Sullivan County, TN, & various other matters pertaining thereto. Bristol, King Print. Co., 1932. 110 pp.

Newsletter. No. 1, June 1977-. (frequency varies). Sullivan County Hist. Soc. (issues for July-Sept. 1977 called The Kettle)

Ng, Paul T. Evaluation & ranking of environmental qualities of potential public housing sites in Sullivan County & Washington County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1979. 59 pp.

Phillips, Ricky A. The breeding birds of Meadowview Marsh, Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1989. 58 pp.

Piper, Harry M. & Jacquelyn G. Piper. "40SL29: archaeological data from a shallow disturbed site in Sullivan County, TN. " TN Anthrop. 5 (1980), pp. 95-121.

Piston, William G. Carter's raid: an episode of the Civil War in east TN. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1989. 77 pp.

Pitts, John A. Personal & professional reminiscences of an old lawyer. Kingsport, Southern, 1930. 381 pp. (first published as weekly articles in Nashville Citizen Appeal, beginning June, 1929, excluding last chapter)

Plan for the development of Observation Knob Country Park, Sullivan County, TN. Blountville, Sullivan County Plan. Comm., 1954. 24 pp.

Preston, Thomas W. Historical sketches of the Holston Valley. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1926. 186 pp.

Price, Prentice, ed. "Two petitions to Virginia of the north of Holston men, 1776, 1777. " ETHSP 21 (1949), pp. 95-110. (the area includes Sullivan County)

Ramsey, Thomas R., Jr. The raid. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1973. 183 pp.

Report on Boone & South Holston Reservoirs: Washington, Sullivan & Carter counties, TN [&] Washington County, VA, EPA region IV. Corvallis, Environmental Research Laboratory, 1976. 76 pp.

Richards, Joyce M. A study of the nongraded cooperative teaching programs at Miller Perry School, Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1967. 81 pp.

Sanders, Catherine R. A study of the folklore of Sullivan County. ETSU thesis, 1976. 90 pp.

Smith, Homer H. Memoirs. Blountville, King, 1948. 121 pp. (reprinted 1992 by Blountville Bicentennial Comm.)

Soil survey, Sullivan County, TN. Washington, D.C., US GPO, 1944, 1953, 1994.

Spoden, Muriel M. The early years on Bays Mountain in Sullivan County, TN. Kingsport, the author, 1975. 46 pp.

Spoden, Muriel C., comp. Historic sites of Sullivan County by the Sullivan County Hist. Comm. & Associates. Kingsport, Kingsport Press 1976. 233 pp.

Sullivan County Hist. Soc. Foundations of faith in Sullivan, 1777-1935. Blountville, the society, 1986. 186 pp.

Sullivan County Hist. Soc. Treasures of Sullivan. Blountville, Sullivan County News, Inc., 1982. pp.

Sullivan County Ind. Dev. Agency. Sullivan County industrially in upper east TN. Blountville, n.p., 1970. 43 pp.

Sullivan County, Bristol & Kingsport public schools: a survey report. Nashville, Div. Surveys & Field Services, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1973. 342 pp.

Sullivan County, Kingsport, Bristol public schools: digest of survey report. Nashville, Div. Surveys & Field Services, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1973. 68 pp.

Sullivan County, TN, 1779-1979. Blountville, Sullivan County Board of Commissioners, 1979. 23 pp.

Taylor, Oliver. Historic Sullivan: a history of Sullivan County, TN, with brief biographies of the makers of history. Bristol, King, 1909. 330 pp. (various reprints available)

TN Dept. Emp. Sec. The labor market in tri-cities area. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1952. vol. 1, 1952- (no more published?)

TN Dept. Transportation [county maps ] issued periodically.

TN Taxpayers Assn. A report of the survey of the finances & management of the government of Sullivan County, TN: prepared for the county court of Sullivan County & for the taxpayers of Sullivan County. Nashville, the association, 1934. 135 pp.

TN Valley Authority. Ind. Div. Agricultural-industrial survey of Sullivan County. Knoxville, TVA, 1934. var. pp.

Thomas, Helen W. A survey of library services in the county schools of Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1958. 54 pp.

Tri-City Area Ind. Comm. Potential industrial areas in Sullivan County, TN. Blountville, the commission, 1977. 41 pp.

US Geol. Survey [topographic maps ] issued periodically. Quadrangles: Church Hill, Kingsport, Indian Springs, Blountville, Bristol, Holston Valley, Shady Valley, Laurel Bloomery, Lovelace, Sullivan Gardens, Boone Dam, Bluff City, Keenburg, Carter, Doe.

US Soil Conservation Service. Flood hazard analyses, Cedar Creek & tributaries, Sullivan County, TN. Nashville, Soil Conservation Service, 1977. 13 pp.

US Soil Conservation Service. Soil resources for Sullivan County, TN. N.p., Sullivan County Regional Plan. Comm., 1970. 49 pp.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US. VA-TN. Patton-Crosswhite Post no. 6975, Bristol. "We honor": World War II memorial booklet of Bristol area war veterans. Bristol, n.p., 1951. 52 pp.

Whetsell, Jean R. Cedar-oak succession in the Great Valley, Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1978. 42 pp.

Williams, Samuel C. "Fort Robinson on the Holston. " ETHSP 4 (1932), pp. 22- 31.

Williams, Samuel C. "Shelby's Fort. " ETHSP 7 (1935), pp. 28-37.


Stevens-Wade, Georgene. A follow-up study of former graduates of Tri-Cities State Technical Institute, Blountville, TN. UT thesis, 1980. 133 pp.


Bluff City

Bluff City United Methodist Church. Council on Ministries. Scenes from the bluffs: a bicentennial picture history of Bluff City & Piney Flats, TN. N.p., 1976. 256 pp.



Border; the magazine of Bristol. V.1, May 1941-. (monthly; irregular May-Nov. 1941; publication suspended Dec. 1941-1946)

Bristol Historical Assn. The passing years: history in pictures, Bristol, VA/TN. Bristol, the association, 1993. 179 pp.

Bristol, TN. First National Bank. The First National Bank of Bristol. Bristol, King Print. Co., 1927. 16 pp.

Bristol (TN-VA) Chamber of Commerce. Bristol, TN-VA: a good place to live. Bristol, n.d. 24 pp.

Bristol (TN-VA) Chamber of Commerce. A pictorial prospectus ... prepared by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce for the convenience of those searching for "a small city with a great destiny." Bristol, King Print. Co., 1947. 96 pp.

Bristol VA-TN: a pictorial history. By the Bristol Hist. Assoc. (1st ed.) Bristol, the association, 1985. 178 pp.

Cold Springs Presbyterian Church, Holston Valley, Bristol, TN, 1841-1991. Bristol, the church, 1992. 204 pp.

Flood insurance study: city of Bristol, TN, Sullivan County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1982. 22 pp.

Harrison, Ann S. A long communion: history of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, TN-VA, 1820 to 1976. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1979. 213 pp.

Holland, Carl W. Educational facilities & economic development of Bristol, 1930-1950. ETSU thesis, 1956. 78 pp.

Isaacs, J.J., comp. The city of Bristol, TN, its interests & industries. Compiled under the auspices of the Board of Trade; also a series of comprehensive sketches of representative business enterprises. Bristol, King, 1915. 88 pp.

Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 37 pp.

Kearfott, Clarence. Blue John remembers. Bristol, Bristol Hist. Assoc., n.d.

Labor market trends, Bristol; a newsletter. Vol. 1, 1946-. (bimonthly). Virginia State Employment Service.

Loving, Robert S. Double destiny: the story of Bristol, TN-VA. Bristol, n.p., 1955. 232 pp.

New Bethel Presbyterian Church. The New Bethel sesquicentennial 1782-1932. Bristol, King, 1932. 110 pp.

Phillips, V.N. Bristol TN/VA: a history 1852-1900. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1992. 479 pp.

Preston, Thomas W. The story of Bristol. Bristol, King Printing Co., 1940. 40 pp.

Preston, Thomas W. Historical sketches of the Holston Valleys. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1926. 186 pp.

Profiles of change, Bristol, TN. Detroit, R.L. Polk & Co., Urban Statistical Division, 1975. 3 vols.

TN Dept. Education. Bristol city schools survey report. Nashville, the dept., 1975. 70 pp.

Van Cleve, Dorothy. History of the First Presbyterian Church, Bristol. ETSU thesis, 1959. 58 pp.



Ahern, L.R. Notes of historical sites in & around Kingsport, TN. To accompany the guide map by R.F. Hunt. Kingsport, n.p., 1952. 6 pp.

Alvey, Richard H. Wings over Kingsport: TN's planned city & its industries as viewed from the sky.  Kingsport, the author, 1938. 60 pp. (aerial photographs)

Ayers, Edward L. "Northern business & the shape of Southern progress: the case of TN's 'Model City'. " THQ 39 (1980), pp. 208-222.

Bennah, Handerson W. City of Kingsport developer's guide. Kingsport, Planning Dept., 1990. 55 pp.

Clark, Joe. Back home, Kingsport, TN. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1965. pp.

Counce, Paul A. Social & economic history of Kingsport before 1908. UT thesis, 1939. 96 pp.

Flood insurance study: city of Kingsport, TN, Sullivan County. Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1979. 28 pp.

Flood insurance study: city of Kingsport, TN, Sullivan & Hawkins counties. (Rev. June 4, 1990.) Washington, D.C., FEMA, 1990. 32 pp.

Haden, Ben. Kingsport, TN; a modern American city developed through industry. Kingsport, Rotary Club, 1963. unp.

Holly, John F. The social & economic effects produced upon small towns by rapid industrialization.  UT thesis, 1938. 228 pp.

Hoover, Dave. Dobyns-Bennett football: the Sprankle years, 1921-1934. Johnson City, Overmountain Press, 1987. 55 pp.

Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol MSA, 1980-1987: an economic analysis. Nashville, TN Dept. Emp. Sec., 1988. 37 pp.

Jones, Billy M. Magic with sand: a history of AFG Industries, Inc. Wichita, KS, Wichita St. U., 1984. 172 pp.

Kenny, Maxine. "I'm afraid for the children": a report on health & industrial pollution in upper East TN. Photos & text by Maxine Kenny. N.p., 1979. 11 pp. (prepared for a public health forum, Apr. 6 & 7, "Health & pollution: is there a Kingsport solution?," planned by the Kingsport Environmental Health Study Group)

Kingsport, TN. Public Welfare Comm. Directory of organizations & agencies in Kingsport. Kingsport, n.p., 1950. 86 pp.

Kingsport: past, present & future. Kingsport, Rotary Club, 1977. 87 pp.

Kingsport tomorrow: vision 2017. Kingsport, n.p., 1990. pp.

Kingsport, today's proud heritage. Kingsport, Rotary Club, 1986. 153 pp.

Kingsport Press, Kingsport, TN. Bookmakers to America. Compiled for those who visit the plant of Kingsport Press. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1948. 62 pp. Kingsport Press, Kingsport, TN. Elbridge Woodman Palmer. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1953. 4 pp. (Press piper, Vol. 19, no. 11)

Long, Howard. Kingsport: a romance of industry. Kingsport, Sevier, 1928. 304 pp.

Nicks, Roy S. City-county separation in TN: a case study of Kingsport & Sullivan County. UT thesis, 1957. 127 pp.

Nicks, Roy S. Kingsport & annexation. Prepared by Roy S. Nicks, et al. Knoxville, UT Bureau of Public Administration, 1956. 153 pp.

Petro, Sylvester. The Kingsport strike. New Rochelle, NY, Arlington House, 1967. 238 pp.

Piquet, John A. Kingsport, city of industries, schools, churches & homes. Kingsport, Rotary Club, 1937. 234 pp. (second edition: Kingsport, the planned industrial city. Text for second edition revised by Joseph H. Sears. Kingsport, Rotary Club, 1946. 349 pp.)

Ramsey, Thomas R., Jr. The Battle of Kingsport. Illustrated by Georgia P. Neely. Kingsport, Kingsport Press, 1972. 53 pp.

Reynolds, Elaine. The doctor we knew as cousin Lem. Kingsport, n.p., 1979. 118 pp.

Rozendaal, John H. Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church. Kingsport, the church, 1982. 37 pp.

Spoden, Muriel C. Kingsport heritage, the early years 1700-1900. Kingsport, Spoden Assoc., 1991. 388 pp.

Spoden, Muriel C. Kingsport, TN: historical map of Long Island of the Holston. Kingsport, n.p., 1969. 1 map.

Stevenson, C. "Contrast in perfect towns: Norris & Kingsport, TN, Federal show case & industry yardstick town. " Nation's Business (Dec. 1937), pp. 18-20.

"Test tube love seat, Kingsport, TN. " Time (Feb. 26, 1940), pp. 74.

The war cry. No. 387, Aug. 18, 1934. Atlanta, GA, Salvation Army, 1934. (issue devoted to the industrial development of Kingsport, TN)

Whitman, W. "Three southern towns: Kingsport: they planned it. " Nation (Jan. 21, 1939), pp. 88-90.

Wilson, Mary A. The symphony orchestra at Kingsport, TN. ETSU thesis, 1964. 119 pp.

Winkle, Karl F. An occupational survey of selecting industries in the Kingsport area of Sullivan County, TN. ETSU thesis, 1967. 82 pp.

Wolfe, Margaret R. Kingsport, TN: a planned American city. Lexington, U. Press of KY, 1987. 259 pp.


Long Island

Bernard, Patricia A. "The rise & decline of a working class community: Long Island, TN, 1925-1986. " ETHSP 58 (1986), pp. 112-140.

Spoden, Muriel M. The Long Island of the Holston: sacred island of the Cherokee nation. Nashville, TN American Revolution Bicentennial Comm., 1977. 32 pp.


Netherland Inn

Benthall, Joseph L. Archaeological investigations at the Netherland Inn complex: National Register of Historic Places, Kingsport, TN, 1973, season I. Nashville, TN Hist. Comm.; Kingsport, Netherland Inn Assoc., 1973. 86 pp.

Day, Marie & W. Calvin Dickinson. "The Netherland Inn. " ETHSP 60 (1988), pp. 67-77.

Netherland Inn Association Newsletter. v. 1, Sept. 1970-. (monthly)

Preston, Thomas W. "The Netherland Inn at old Kingsport. " ETHSP 4 (1932), pp. 32-34.


Piney Flats

Bluff City United Methodist Church. Council on Ministries. Scenes from the bluffs: a bicentennial picture history of Bluff City & Piney Flats, TN. N.p., 1976. 256 pp.

Piney Flats United Methodist Church. History of Piney Flats United Methodist Church. Piney Flats, the church, 1983. 86 pp.


Rocky Mount

Barringer, Bugs. Rocky Mount, a pictorial history by Bugs Barringer, et al. Norfolk, VA, Donning, 1977. 171 pp.

Building Conservation Technology, Inc. Stabilization & restoration recommendations, Rocky Mount, capital of the US territory south of the Ohio River, Piney Flats, TN. For the Rocky Mount Historical Assoc. & the TN Hist. Comm. by Building Conservation Technology. Washington, D.C., Building Conservation Technology, 1976. 26 pp.

Chandler, Walter. Dedication of Rocky Mount, first capitol of the Territory South of the River Ohio: Oct. 29, 1961. N.p., 1961. 6 pp.

DeFriece, Pauline M. Rocky Mount, the Cobb-Massengill home (built 1770- 1772): first capitol of the Territory of the US west of the Allegheny Mountains & south of the River Ohio (1790-1792). Bristol, King Print Co., 1961. 15 pp. (reprinted in THQ 25 (1966), pp. 119-134)

Newsletter for the Rocky Mount Historical Association. (irregular)



Netherland, Frank R. A history of Ross Silk Factory & other events of Rotherwood, TN. N.p., the author, 1968. pp. (reprinted 1988 by East TN Print. Co., 80 pp.)

Ross, Frederick A. Story of Rotherwood, from the autobiography of Rev. Frederick A. Ross, D.D.  Edited & compiled by his son, Charles C. Ross. Knoxville, Bean, Warters & Co., 1923. 35 pp.