Sullivan County

Sullivan County

Sullivan County was formed in 1779 from Washington County

(Acts of North Carolina 1779, Chapter 29)

The county seat is Blountville.

There was a fire at the Sullivan County courthouse in 1863.


Selected Published County Histories
  • Adventure II, Flatboats 'Round the Bend, and Journey II, Footsteps of the Past  (Aiken,  1979) [name index]
  • Between the States: Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia During the Civil War (Phillips, 1997) [name index]
  • Bristol (Stone & Haskins, 2005)
  • Downtown Kingsport (Wright, 2011)
  • Early Years on Bays Mountains in Sullivan County, Tennessee (Spoden, 1975)* [name index]
  • Entering a New Century : Sullivan County, Tennessee, 1895-1905 (Groseclose & Marshall, 1986)* [name index]
  • Families and History of Sullivan County, Tennessee [Vol. 1 1779-1992; Vol. 2. 1779-2006 ] (Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1992) [surname index]
  • Foundations of Faith in Sullivan, 1777-1935 (Sullivan County Historical Society, 1986)
  • Hidden History of Bristol (Phillips, 2010)
  • Historic Sites of Sullivan County (Sullivan County Historical Commission and Associates, 1977) [surname index]*
  • Historic Sullivan: A History of Sullivan County, Tennessee, With Brief Biographies of the Makers of History (Taylor, 1988)* [name index]
  • Kingsport Heritage: The Early Years 1700-1900 (Spoden, 1991) [name index]*
  • Kingsport, Tennessee: A Planned American City (Wolfe, 1987) [name index]
  • Memoirs of Homer H. Smith (Smith, 1992)
  • Scenes From the Bluffs: A Bicentennial Picture History of Bluff City and Piney Flats, Tennessee (Bluff City United Methodist Church, 1976)
  • Sullivan County (Tennis, 2008)
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee (Porter, 2003)*
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee: Pictorial History (Sullivan County Genealogical Society, 1998) [surname index]*
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Veterans History (2001) [alphabetical sections with surname index]

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources: Sullivan County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  


Published Local Records
  • 1830 and 1840 Sullivan County, Tennessee Censuses (Hunt, 1997) [name index]
  • 1850 Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Hunt, 1997) [surname index]
  • 1860 Sullivan County, Tennessee Census (Hunt, 1997) [surname index]
  • 1870 United States Federal Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Holston Territory Genealogical Society, 1994)* [surname index]
  • 1880 Census, Sullivan County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1992)* [alphabetical]
  • Carter County, Tennessee, Greene County, Tennessee, Hawkins County, Tennessee, Johnson County, Tennessee, Sullivan County, Tennessee, [1891 enumeration of male voters] (Reed, 1992)
  • Cemetery Records of Sullivan County, Tennessee [2 vols.] (Burow, 2007) [surname index in vol. 1]
  • Church Minutes [New Bethel Presbyterian Church] (WPA, 19??)
  • First Land Owners of Sullivan County, Tennessee (Vineyard, 1974) [name index]
  • Kingsport, TN Polk City Directory [2007-2018, 2020]
  • Marriage Records of Sullivan County, Blountville, Tennessee, Unbound Records, 1861-1870 (WPA, 1937) [bride index & groom index]
  • New Bethel Sesquicentennial, 1782-1932; Comprising an Account of the Sesquicentennial of the New Bethel Presbyterian Church, Sullivan County (New Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1932)
  • Rhea Papers from the Collection of Mrs. Charles R. Hyde of Chattanooga, Tenn. [court records] (WPA, 1939)
  • Sullivan County, Tenn., Deeds [vol. 1 1775-1789; vol. 2 1787-1793; vol. 3 1793-1795] (Willis & Sellers, 1998-)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Administrators' Bonds and Letters, March 1875 - July 1904 (Hunt, 1997)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Cemeteries (Sherman, 1991)* [surname index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Death Records [vol. 1 1908-1918; vol. 2 1919-1925] (Nikazy, 1994-)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book [vols. 1-2 1775-1790 & 1784-1796;  vols. 3 & 4 1795-1802 & 1802-1807;  vol. 5 1807-1808, 1834-1838; vol. 6 1809-1815] (WPA, 1936-1938)* [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book 1-2, 1775-1795 : abstracted from the original records (Edwards, 1994) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Deed Book 8, 1819-1820; 1837-1840 (Hayes, 1995) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee Deed Book 10, 1824-1835 (Hayes, 1995) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Bonds, 1880-1899 (Hunt, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1863-1893 (Hunt, 1997)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Marriage Volume 1, 1899-1906 (Hunt, 1999)* [alphabetical]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, New Bethel Presbyterian Church Records (WPA, 19??)
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Tombstone Records (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Sullivan County, Tennessee, Will Book, no. 1, 1830-1870 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee Historical Records from Indian & Revolutionary Times up to 1883, Consisting of History of Indians, Revolutionary soldiers, War of 1812  [2 vols.] (McGhee, 1956?) [name index]


Local Records on Microfilm

An inventory of microfilmed Sullivan County records is available on our website.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1863
  • wills from 1838
  • deed index from 1781
  • chancery court minutes from 1852
  • county court minutes from 1861
  • circuit court minutes from 1879
  • tax books from 1877


The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives:

  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (A-E)  (#28, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (F-Mc)  (#29, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (M-S)  (#30, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1781-1930 (T-Z)  (#31, 1 reel)*
  • Wills -- 1838-1915  (#27, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Sullivan County  (Record Group #107, Roll 80,  1 reel). Roll includes Deed Books  (1775-1815 & 1834-1838),  Will Book #1 (1830-1870),  Marriage Records [unbound] (1861-1870),  New Bethal Church Minutes (undated),  New Bethal Presbyterian Church Records (undated),  Tombstone Records (undated), and Rhea Papers from the Collection of Mrs. Charles R. Hyde of Chattanooga, TN (undated).*


Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers were published in Blountville,  Bluff City,  Bristol,  Kingsport and Union.  Scattered early issues are available from 1857, and a complete run begins in 1944.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at the Library and Archives is available on our website.


Selected Manuscripts Material
  • Clayton Collection, 1836-1884 (Microfilm Manuscript #1297, 1 reel)*
  • First Presbyterian Church (Bristol, Tenn.) Records, 1858-2009 (Microfilm Manuscript #2029, 11 reels)*
  • Greene, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington Counties Cemetery Records, ca. 1780-1960 (Microfilm Manuscript #320, 1 reel)*
  • John Rhea Letters, 1805-1831 (Microfilm Manuscript #49, 1 reel)*
  • Margaret Travis Gray Genealogical Materials: Gray - King Lineage, 1886-1994  (Microfilm Manuscript #1776, 1 reel)*
  • N. J. Phillips Scrapbooks, 1887-1909 (Microfilm Manuscript #879, 1 reel)*
  • Rhea Family Papers, 1769-1859 (Microfilm Manuscript #792, 1 reel)*

Search for Manuscripts Material in our Catalog 


Census Records
  • Census on microfilm for Sullivan County:  1830-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1830-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Sullivan County census records in book form:  1830,  1840,  1850,  1860,  *1870,  *1880


Additional Research Aids for Sullivan County

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Library and Archives.

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Sullivan County Formation Act


"An Act for securing the rights of such persons in the county of Washington as lie between the river Holstein and the line lately run by the commissioners of this state and the state of Virginia, as the dividing line between said states; and for dividing the said county of Washington into two different counties, an for other purposes."

I.  WHEREAS the boundary line between this state and the state of Virginia hath never, until lately, been extended by actual survey further than to that part of Holstein [sic] River that lies directly due west from a place well known by the name of Steep-Rock, and all the lands westward of the said place, lying on the north or northwest side of the said River Holstein, hath, by mistake of the settlers in that part of the county, been held and deemed to be in the state of Virginia, owing to which mistake, the said settlers have failed to repair to the proper offices to enter and secure their respective lands and improvements by the time required by law, in order to their having the preference of entry;  And whereas by the line lately run by the said commissioners of Virginia and this state, it appears that great numbers of good subjects have fallen into this state, who were before reputed to be in Virginia, and it is suggested that sundry persons have thereupon suddenly entered the lands and improvements of said settlers: For remedy whereof,

II.  BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NORTH-CAROLINA, AND IT IS HEREBY ENACTED BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE SAME,  That the said settlers and inhabitants, lying between the river Holstein [sic] and the boundary line lately run between Virginia and this state, shall have a further time of preference to all others allowed for entering their respective lands, plantations and improvements, until the first day of May next ensuing;  and that all entries made, or which shall be made, by any person or person whatsoever, for the improvements, plantations, or claims of others, where they have any time before the said first day of May been actually settled, and all proceedings thereon shall be null and void, and law to the contrary notwithstanding.

III.  AND whereas by the great extend of the said county of Washington, and the great number of inhabitants therein, it becomes highly necessary that the said county should be divided into two distinct and separate counties, by a line beginning at the Steep-Rock; thence running along the dividing ridge that divides the waters of the Great Canawee and Tennessee, to the head of Indian Creek; thence along the ridge that divides the waters of Holstein[sic] and Wataga [sic], to the mouth of Wataga [sic];  thence a direct line to the highest part of the Chimney-Top Mountain at the Indian boundary;  And that all the part of said county of Washington which lies northwardly of said dividing line, shall be erected into a new and distinct county by the name of Sullivan County;  and that all that other part of said county which lies southwardly of said dividing line, shall continue and remain a distinct county by the name of Washington.

[The reminder, except the eleventh section, unnecessary to be inserted.]

XI.  AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That where any inhabitant of Sullivan County, hereby erected, already hath or shall make an entry for lands with the Entry-Taker of Washington County, for which warrant of survey shall be executed by the first day of January next, the Entry-Taker for said county is hereby required to make out and direct the warrants for such surveys to the proper surveyor of Sullivan County.



Taken from The First Laws of the State of North Carolina (Cushing, 1984)

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Sullivan County Formation Act

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Sullivan County in General
  • 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.

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

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)


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  • 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.

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