Hugh L. White Collection


Hugh L. White Collection


The Hugh L. White Collection, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of over six hundred photographic prints and negatives, most taken between 1900 and 1920. The collection documents the timber industry in southern Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century and depicts logging techniques and lumber mill practices. It also documents the railroads and the railway systems of the area.

Of interest are images of Butler, Tennessee. The town was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1948. This collection has images that pre-date the flooding. Also included are many photographs of Hugh White and his wife, Eliza. The Whites traveled a great deal during the early part of the century and those travels, especially to Havana, Cuba, and New Orleans, are documented in this collection.


White, Hugh L.


Hugh L. White Collection, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University


1900 - 1920, undated


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603 images






ETSU Archives of Appalachia: AppMs-0707

Collection Items

Baseball team
inscription: "Summer 1905"

Hugh and Eliza White with unidentified couple on porch
inscription: "Did you ever see anything more?"

Dining room
inscription: "Those pictures are not [or 'art'][?] perminent [sic]. They were put up before I decided to use that room for a dining room & were not taken down when the picture was taken, when we just settled"
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