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Public Works Department

As downtown Kingsport was developed, cleanliness and sanitation became an important part of the Kingsport image. Above, Kingsport city workers pose with an early model water tank and street flusher. Below, Roy Onks (left) and Frank Cloud (right) pose in front of the city’s refuse collection truck. Onks, known as the “handy-man” of the Public … Continue reading

Happy Holidays

The Archives will be closed until January 6, 2014. If you need assistance please contact the Kingsport Public Library’s Reference Department (423)224-2539. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Eve in Kingsport Holiday Cards

The Friends of the Archives are once again selling these beautiful Christmas Eve in Kingsport Holiday Cards! They have sold out the last few years so if you want them you better hurry! You can purchase them here at the Kingsport Public Library, The Carriage House, and at Berry’s Pharmacy. They are $8 a pack … Continue reading


The Archives is now on Pinterest! Currently there is only one board, “Women at Work”, but we will be adding boards and pinning on an ongoing basis. If you are on Pinterest be sure to follow us.

Eastman Aniline Explosion Program

The Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport will host their Annual Meeting and Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The meeting is held in conjunction with American Archives Month and welcomes guest speaker Pete Lodal, whose topic will be “The Eastman Explosion.” The event is free and open to … Continue reading

Kingsport Historical Society Talk

Monday, September 9th, Kari Roueche, archives intern, will be giving a talk to the Kingsport Historical Society on the Muriel C. Spoden Collection. The group meets in the Eastman Boardroom at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Building at 9:30 am. The meetings are open to anyone, even if you aren’t a member, so please come … Continue reading

“Kingsport Means Business”

The Kingsport Public Library is partnering with local businesses during the month of September (National Library Card Month) to increase library membership and promote the importance of shopping locally.   The campaign is called “KPL Means Business.”  Customers who show their KPL card to participating businesses during September can take advantage of the discounts or … Continue reading