Guide to the Smyth County, Virginia Lifetime Collection, 1833-1991, undated.

Summary Information

Title: Smyth County, Virginia Lifetime Collection, 1833-1991, undated.
Collection: AC.321
Extent: 6.0 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder, and 1 folder housed in cold storage)

Smyth County, Virginia Lifetime Collection is a compilation of materials related to Smyth County, Virginia. Subject areas include religion, mills and industry, folklife, agriculture, architecture, education, and community events.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Smyth County, Virginia is located in southwest Virginia. It was created in 1832 from Washington and Wythe Counties. Communities include county seat Marion, Saltville, and Chilhowie. Branches of the Holston River divide the county into three fertile valleys. Saltville was a main source of salt, leading to two Civil War-era raids.

Henry Boyd Staley was a merchant of grain products in Marion, Virginia. His grandfather Frank Staley (b. 1807) was a Marion dry good and grocery merchantile owner.

Kenneth Killinger was a Lutheran minister that conducted mission work in Southwest Virginia.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, publications, photographs, and negatives related to life in Smyth County, Virginia from the late 19th to late 20th centuries. Subject areas include religion, mills and industry, folklife, agriculture, architecture, education, and community events.


The collection is arranged in 3 series: Documents, Publications, and Photographs. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection from Bookworm and Silverfish in January 2000. There is not an accession number. It was opened to the public in December, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, November, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, November, 2006; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Trevor McKenzie, 2012. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.321: Smyth County, Virginia Lifetime Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Documents, 1833-1991, undated

Series Description: This series contains documents related to Smyth County, Virginia, community life, religion, agriculture, business, and education. Included are religious tracts from missionary Kenneth Killinger, correspondence and business invoices from the Staley family, First Baptist Church of Marion ledger, a Civil War diary, and County court records.

Sherwood Anderson News Clippings, 1973-1991 Box 1.1
Chilhowie Documents, 1875-1988 Box 1.2
Civil War Diary, 1862-1864  Box 1.3
County Court Records, 1834-1878, undated  Box 1.4
Envelopes, 1883-1941 Box 1.5
D.D. Hull Correspondence, 1869-1888 Box 1.6
Hull and Staley Co. documents, 1885-1914, undated Box 1.7
Kenneth Killinger's missionary pamphlets, ca. 1937, undated Box 1.8
Letters, 1886-1926, undated Box 1.9
Look and Lincoln documents, 1897-1905 Box 1.10
Marion documents, 1877-1986, undated  Box 1.11
Marion Store Ledger, 1892 Box 1.12
Nellie Mae Hayes ledger for parsonage committee, First Baptist Church, Marion, VA, 1938-1939  Box 1.13
Nellie Mae Hayes Ledger Cover, 1938-1939 Box 1.14
Newman School House ledger, 1879-1882 Box 1.15
Rhea Quarry shipments, 1889-1905 Box 1.16
Ryburn and Buchanan ledger, 1913-1917 Oversize 4
Ryburn and Buchanan Staple and Fancy Groceries account statements, 1913-1920 Box 1.17
Saltville documents, 1868-1975, undated Box 2.1
School documents, 1879-1894, undated Box 2.2
Smyth County documents, 1833-1982, undated Box 2.3
Smyth County maps, 1884-1979, undated Box 2.4
Staley family, 1869-1937, undated Box 2.5
F. P. Staley documents, 1866-1903 Box 2.6
Henry B. Staley correspondence, 1893-1928, undated Box 2.7
Charles B. Thomas correspondence, 1864-1913, undated Box 2.8

Series II: Publications, 1839-1939, undated

Series Description: This series contains farmer's almanacs, religious almanacs, and the 1921 Marion Cookbook.

Almanacs, 1846-1893, undated Box 2.9
Cookbook, 1921 Box 2.10
Newspapers and Ephemera 1878-1982, undated Drawer E2-4, Oversize 1

Series III: Photographs, undated

Series Description: This series contains photographs and negatives pertaining to Smyth County community life from the late 19th to late 20th century. Photographs include farm life, Marion College for Women, Stuart and Staley family photographs, Marion downtown, early automobile wreck at Glade Spring, Sherwood Anderson's Ripshin Manor, and Saltville mill photographs.

Broad Ford, pre-1927  Box 3.1
Chilhowie, ca. 1910s, undated  Box 3.2
Kenneth Killinger, undated Box 3.3
Marion, ca. 1950s, undated  Box 3.4
Marion College for Women group shots (negatives), undated Box 3.5
*COLD STORAGE* Ripshin, Sherwood Anderson House, undated Cold_Storage Box 2.10
*COLD STORAGE* Ripshin, Sherwood Anderson House, undated Cold_Storage Box 2.10
Saltville photographs, ca. 1912 Box 3.6
Smyth County, ca. 1900s, undated Box 3.7
Staley family, undated Box 3.8
Stuart family, undated Box 3.9
*COLD STORAGE* Stuart family photographs, undated Cold_Storage Box 2.10
Unidentified negatives, undated Box 3.10
Unidentified photographs, undated Box 3.11
Wreck near Glade Springs, July 3, 1916 Box 3.12