Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport

A brief history-

The Kingsport Archive of History came into being in 1982, the realized dream of Thomas McNeer Jr. who tirelessly worked to create a repository for photographs and documents relating to Kingsport’s history. In 1994, the Kingsport Archive of History became The Archives of the City of Kingsport, a division of the city government within the Kingsport Public Library and Archives. It was decided that a name of the organization that supported the archives should be changed to The Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport.

What we do-

The Friends of the Archives is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting the Archives Division of the Kingsport Public Library. Members work to sponsor exhibits, programs and special events. By joining the Friends of the Archives you have a unique opportunity to take an active role in preserving your community’s history!

Mission Statement-

To support efforts to seek, collect, restore, reserve, exhibit, publish, record any elements of the past which contribute to the history of the City of Kingsport, and the surrounding region, for the educational benefit of the public.