Southwestern Virginia, Inc. Collection
AC 024

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Southwestern Virginia, Inc. Collection
ID
AC 024
Date [inclusive]
1925-1937
Extent
9.0 Linear feet
Location
Boxes 1-6 located in compact shelving, Level 1. Oversize folders 7-8 located in map case in room 534.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Southwestern Virginia, Inc. Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Scope and Contents

Foundation and Administration papers consist of correspondence, reports, and official papers of Southwestern Virginia, Inc.’s officers and committees, 1925-1937.

The Presidential Correspondence contains letters to and from the organization’s president, John Preston McConnell. Prominent correspondents are the two Secretaries of SWVA Inc., Irving Lewis Speare and Homer K. Bowen. Frequent topics include administration; finances; promotion for the region and the organization; road projects; and SWVA Inc. meetings and celebrations.

Executive Secretary papers contain the correspondence of Irving Lewis Speare (1925-July 1927) and Homer K. Bowen (August 1927-1937), much of it with John Preston McConnell. Letters most frequently cover the day-to-day administration of SWVA Inc., as well as plans for various projects that the organization undertook.

The Board of Directors papers consist mostly of letters from John Preston McConnell and Secretaries Speare and Bowen to various board members; notifications for board meetings; correspondence about resignations and appointments; meeting minutes; addresses to the board; reports; and correspondence between members.

The Legislative Committee was authorized by the United States Chamber of Commerce to consider state and national legislative issues. Related papers consist of a handwritten list of committee members and correspondence between John Preston McConnel, Homer K. Bowen, and various Board members about committee appointments. The Broadcasting Committee papers consist of two letters between John Preston McConnell and Homer K. Bowen about the committee’s purpose and a list of members. Papers of the Speaker’s Bureau include speeches delivered by John Preston McConnell and others promoting Southwest Virginia and Southwestern Virginia, Inc.; and two letters about the Bureau and speeches given before it.

Financial Papers include correspondence and records of membership quotas from the various areas of Southwest Virginia; letters asking for support; the official audit of books for August 1926-April 1927 and April 1927-July 1927; financial report for 1933-1934; and the proposed budget for 1926-1927. Receipts and Guests Lists include receipts for Southwestern Virginia, Inc. membership; receipts for organization expenses; and attendance lists for meetings and a 1927 dinner given by the organization. Time Cards are from 1927 recording the hours worked by Secretary Irving Lewis Spear and his assistant Minerva Allison.

Circular Letters are primarily from John Preston McConnell and are addressed to Board of Directors members, Executive Committee members, influential people of the region, and potential members of Southwest Virginia, Inc. The Monthly Letter was apparently a news bulletin and report regularly printed and distributed to members of the organization, although this folder contains only two copies of Vol. 1 No. 6. Papers related to the organization’s “official” song consist of a letter from the composers Lillian Smith and Beverly T. Gilmer introducing the song to John Preston McConnell, and the lyrics to “Call of Southwest Virginia.”

Project Committee and Projects Papers include correspondence, literature, and reports about the various projects undertaken by Southwestern Virginia, Inc.

Papers of the Dairy Development Committee include correspondence about appointments to the committee; correspondence about committee projects and accomplishments; a speech given by Harry Roberts about the importance of dairying in Southwest Virginia; a copy of the 1929 “Report of the Dairying Development Committee to the Executive Committee” and a detailed agricultural report for Southwest Virginia counties showing the acreage devoted to different crops and the yield produced, 1925-1926.

Papers of the Freight Rates Committee, formed to pursue better freight rates for Southwest Virginia farmers, include a copy of the official coal rates complaint the committee gave before the Interstate Commerce Commission against the Norfolk & Western Railway Company; and assorted correspondence pertaining to the legal case. The Fishburn-Chapman Controversy started when Homer K. Bowen made remarks during the coal rates case that were considered offensive by the Roanoke Times and Times-World Corporation. The subsequent correspondence trying to repair relations between Secretary Bowen and President McConnell of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., and Junius P. Fishburn and W. Powell Chapman of the Roanoke Times continued for four months, from February 17 to July 2, 1931.

The Roads Committee dealt mainly with the allocation of road funds to various areas of Southwest Virginia. Papers consist mostly of correspondence between John Preston McConnell and committee members regarding committee meetings, fund allocation, and road routes.

Papers pertaining to the Good Will Tours organized by Southwestern Virginia, Inc. include correspondence about the tour organization; newspaper clippings, brochures, a press release, and other publicity materials; and a post-tour questionnaire filled out by dozens of attendees.

The Highway Projects represented among the highway papers include Federal Highway No. 9, the Shenandoah-Smokey Mountain Parks Highway, Route 23, the Appalachian Way, the Appalachian Scenic Highway, the Lee Highway, the Black Bear Trail, and the Eastern National Parks-to-Parks Highway. Papers consist mostly of correspondence about routes, funds, and tourism; newspaper clippings; and literature. Included are many papers about opening celebration of the Lee Highway. See also the Newspapers and Oversized Documents folder and the Newspaper Clippings folder.

John Preston McConnell became actively involved in the State and National Parks movement soon after the organization’s founding. Included in his papers are leaflets and newspaper clippings about State Parks, a December 1925 issue of The Outlook: An Illustrated Weekly of Current Life with a feature about national parks in the Southern Appalachias; and correspondence with the State Commission on Conservation and Development and the National Conference on State Parks. See also the Newspapers and Oversized Documents folder and the Newspaper Clippings folder.

Southwestern Virginia, Inc. was active in promoting local festivals, including the Historical Pageant of 1926, the 1930 Dickenson County Celebration in Clintwood, Va.; the 1931 Smyth County Centennial in Marion, Va.; the 1937 Rhododendron Festival in Norton, Va.; and the White Top Mountain Festival in Abingdon, Va. They also directly organized several festivals, including the Annual All Southwestern Virginia Celebration that ran from 1930-1933; the Dogwood Festival of Bristol, Va., beginning in 1935; and the 1934 Historical Pageant of Progress, in President McConnell’s words “by far the most stupendous undertaking during the life of Southwestern Virginia, Incorporated.” Papers for each include correspondence about planning, invitations, and post-celebration reflections; and festival programs. See also the Newspapers and Oversized Documents folder and the Newspaper Clippings folder.

Papers pertaining to the Mountain Empire Magazine include the initial publication contract between Southwestern Virginia, Inc. and the News Publishing Company, and correspondence between John Preston McConnell, the publishers, and interested citizens.

Other correspondence covers projects including the development of local heritage syllabi for public schools; the promotion of industrial potential surveys for Southwest Virginia counties conducted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1929; the placement and content of Virginia Historical Highway Markers; the involvement of local service clubs; natural resource development; meetings with the Boards of Supervisors in Southwest Virginia Counties; and promotion of a Biological Station at Mountain Lake.

Publicity papers include Pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and press releases promoting the organization and accomplishments of Southwestern Virginia, Inc.; correspondence and contracts related to the organization’s publicity; letters from John Preston McConnell to people outside the region promoting Southwest Virginia and Southwestern Virginia, Inc.; and literature about regional attractions such as Giant Caverns in Narrows, The Appalachian Hotel, and the town of Pulaski. Biographies include brief articles about local figures and topics. See also the Newspapers and Oversized Documents folder and the Newspaper Clippings folder.

Miscellaneous Items include literature about the Roanoke Booster Club, Historic Land Marks of Virginia, and Bank of America; Leaflets about Transportation and Business; a directory of nation-wide Chamber of Commerce members and presidents; and several photographs of a parade float. See also the Newspapers and Oversized Documents folder and the Newspaper Clippings folder.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Custodial Note

These papers were originally part of the John Preston McConnell Personal Papers Collection and were arranged into a separate collection in Spring 2013.

Processing Note

Physical processing and finding aid by Katherine Okie, Spring 2013.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Foundation and Administration 

Folder 1: Certificate of Incorporation 

Folder 2: Bylaws 

Folder 3: Presidential Correspondence, 1925-1926 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 1925-1926 

Folder 4: Presidential Correspondence, 1927 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 

Folder 5: Presidential Correspondence, 1928 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 

Folder 6: Presidential Correspondence, 1929 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 

Folder 7: Presidential Correspondence, 1930-1931 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 

Folder 8: Presidential Correspondence, 1932-1937 Letters to and from John Preston McConnell 

Folder 9: Executive Secretary, 1925-1926 Letters to and from Irving Lewis Spear 

Folder 10: Executive Secretary, 1927 Letters to and from Irving Lewis Spear (to July 1927) and letters to and from Homer K. Bowen (from August 1927) 

Folder 11: Executive Secretary, 1928 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Box 2: Administration 

Folder 1: Executive Secretary, 1929 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 2: Executive Secretary, January - June 1930 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 3: Executive Secretary, July - September 1930 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 4: Executive Secretary, October - December 1930 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 5: Executive Secretary, January - March 1931 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 6: Executive Secretary, April - July 1931 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 7: Executive Secretary, August - December Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 1931 

Folder 8: Executive Secretary, 1932 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Box 3: Administration 

Folder 1: Executive Secretary, 1933 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 2: Executive Secretary, 1934 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 3: Executive Secretary, 1935 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 4: Executive Secretary, 1936 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 5: Executive Secretary, 1937 Letters to and from Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 6: Executive Secretary Reports: Annual reports from 1927, 1928, 1930, and 1936; Meeting minutes from 1930 

Folder 7: Executive Committee, 1925-1927 Notices to committee members, reports, meeting minutes, correspondence between members, issues to be considered 

Folder 8: Board of Directors, 1926-1927 Meeting notifications and responses, meeting minutes, correspondence between members 

Folder 9: Board of Directors, 1928 Meeting notifications and responses, meeting minutes, correspondence between members 

Box 4: Administration and Project Committees 

Folder 1: Board of Directors, 1929 Meeting notifications and responses, meeting minutes, correspondence between members 

Folder 2: Board of Directors, 1930 Meeting notifications and responses, meeting minutes, correspondence between members 

Folder 3: Board of Directors, 1931-1937 Meeting notifications and responses, meeting minutes, correspondence between members 

Folder 4: Board of Directors Miscellaneous Items List of board members, announcements memorandum 

Folder 5: Legislative Committee, 1929 Handwritten list of committee members, Correspondence about committee appointments 

Folder 6: Broadcasting Committee, 1929 Two letters between John Preston McConnell and Homer K. Bowen 

Folder 7: Speaker's Bureau Correspondence about the bureau; Speeches delivered promoting Southwest Virginia and Southwestern Virginia, Inc. 

Folder 8: Finances, 1925-1934 Membership Quotas, Audits, Annual Budgets, Fundraising, 

Folder 9: Receipts and Guest Lists Membership receipts, various receipts, Meeting attendance counts, Invitation lists 

Folder 10: Time Cards, 1927 Filled out by Irving Lewis Spear and Minerva Allison 

Folder 11: Circular Letters, 1925-1936 Directed to organization directors and supervisors, influential people of the region, and potential members 

Folder 12: Monthly Letter Two copies of the pamphlet "A Monthly Letter to Members of the Regional Chamber, Vol. 1 No. 6" 

Folder 13: "Official" Song Lyrics to "Call of Southwest Virginia," Letter from the composers Lillian Smith and Beverly T. Gilmer 

Folder 14: Dairy Development Committee, 1929 Committee report to the Executive Committee, correspondence between members, speech about the importance of dairying for the region given by Harry Roberts, Detailed agricultural report for the Southwest Virginia counties 1925-1926 

Folder 15: Freight Rates Committee, 1927-1934 Official complaint about coal freight rates, Papers pertaining to the Class Rates Case, Correspondence between committee members, literature about transportation and freight 

Folder 16: Fishburn-Chapman Controversy, 1931 Correspondence between John Preston McConnell, Homer K. Bowen, W. Powell Chapman, and Junius P. Fishburn about Bowen's statements at the coal case, which Fishburn had considered offensive 

Box 5: Project Committees and Projects 

Folder 1: Roads Committee, 1926-1932 Correspondence between members, Meeting resolutions, Letters about the allocation of funds 

Folder 2: Good Will Tour Committee of 1926 Correspondence, Newspaper clippings and literature, Press release, Questionaires (filled out) 

Folder 3: Good Will Tour Committee, 1929 Questionaires (filled out), Various correspondence 

Folder 4: Highway Projects - General Correspondence, maps, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Federal Highway No. 9, the Shenandoah-Smokey Mountain Parks Highway, Route 23, and other local roads 

Folder 5: Highway Projects - Appalachian Way Correspondence and literature about the Appalachian Way highway, including many letters from W. G. Coutts of Big Stone Gap, Va 

Folder 6: Highway Projects - Appalachian Scenic Highway Correspondence and Literature 

Folder 7: Highway Projects - Lee Highway Correspondence and Literature about the road's construction and opening celebration 

Folder 8: Highway Projects - Black Bear Trail 

Folder 9: Highway Projects - Eastern National Park-to-Park Highway Correspondence and Literature 

Folder 10: State and National Parks Correspondence and Literature 

Folder 11: Celebrations and Festivals Correspondence and literature about local festivals, including the Historical Pageant of 1926, the 1930 Dickenson County Celebration in Clintwood, the 1931 Smyth County Centennial in Marion, the 1932 Virginia State Fair, the 1937 Rhododendron Festival in Norton, and the White Top Mountain Festival in Abingdon 

Folder 12: Annual All Southwestern Virginia Celebration, 1930-1933 Correspondence and Program 

Folder 13: Dogwood Festival Correspondence: planning the festival, invitations, reflections 

Folder 14: Historical Pageant of Progress, 1934 Correspondence and literature pertaining to "by far the most stupendous undertaking during the life of Southwestern Virginia, Incorporated." 

Box 6: Projects, Publicity, and Miscellaneous 

Folder 1: The Mountain Empire (Magazine). Contract between Southwestern Virginia, Inc. and the News Publishing Company, correspondence about the magazine 

Folder 1-A: 7 issues of The Mountain Empire magazine: 1) June 1932 (Vol. 1, No. 2) ; 2) September 1932 (Vol. 1, No. 3); 3) January 1933 (1932-1933) (Vol. 1, No. 4); 4) April 1933 (Vol. 2, No. 1); 5) August 1933 (Vol. 2, No. 2) 6) Winter 1934 (Vol. 2, No. 3) ; and 7) Spring 1935 (Vol. 3, No. 1) 

Folder 2: Education Efforts Correspondence about creating a local history syllabus, Information about the High School Oratorical Contest 

Folder 3: Industrial Surveys Correspondence, industrial prospects reports 

Folder 3-A: Two Industrial Surveys commissioned by Southwestern Virginia, Inc. 1) Montgomery County and City of Radford; 2) Smyth County 

Folder 4: Miscellaneous Projects Correspondence about: Historical markers, Service clubs, Natural Resources, County Board of Supervisors Meetings, and the Mountain Lake Biological Station 

Folder 5: Publicity Produced by Southwestern Virginia, Inc. Pamphlets, Newspaper clippings, and Press Releases 

Folder 6: Publicity Correspondence and Contracts 

Folder 7: Promotional Correspondence Letters promoting Southwest Virginia and Southwestern Virginia, Inc. 

Folder 8: Other Southwest Virginia Publicity Pamphlets and Newspaper clippings about Southwest Virginia attractions 

Folder 9: Biographies and Articles of Local Interest: "Dr. Smith as an Educator," "Aunt Lindy Lark: A Friend of the Hungry," "Dr. Abe: The Sage of Copper Creek," "Captain Hale: A Dreamer of Dreams and Seer of Visions," "Interesting Characters of the Old Days," "Retardation of the Appalachian Region" 

Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings Clipped from local newspapers but not related directly to Southwestern Virginia, Inc. 

Folder 11: Miscellaneous Items 

Oversize Folder 1: Newspapers and Oversized Documents 

Poster: (from Crawford’s Weekly): Lakes-To-Gulf Good Roads Edition: Ashland- Natural Tunnel Asheville Highway 

Poster: “Welcome to Mrs. Roosevelt; Success to 3rd Annual White Top Festival” 

Poster: “Washington County: County Seat, Abingdon, Formed 1777” Facts and “Production Statistics” 

2 enclosures – 1. Roanoke Times “Says Roanoke Needs Good Auto Camp As Well As Good Roads: Mrs. J. W. Stephens Tells Value of Touists [sic] Camps Based on Six-Months Trip During Which She Visited Many of Them Throughout the West” 2. Roanoke Times (Sunday Morning, May 3, 1925) “Southwest Part of Virginia is Rich in Mineral: Millions of Dollars Added Annually to Wealth of This Section – Book Published in 1881 Details Facts; Itemized List of Resources to Be Found in the Various Counties;" “Virginia Hotel Men Planning to Develop Big Tourist Traffic: Definite Program to be Developed; State Chamber of Commerce to Co-operate – Will Study Needs; Hot Springs Man Issues The Call; Taking Care of Summer Visitors and Motorists to be Discussed.” 

Southwest Times (Sunday, April 24, 1927, full issue) Relevant articles: 1. “Wytheville Again Host To Thousands of Loyal Citizens of Southwest: Preparedness Enables Town To Care For Large Crowd Without Confusion; Dr. McConnell Re-elected President – Wallner Chosen First Vice President" 2. “Annual Report Of Secretary Of Southwestern Virginia, Inc.” 

Atlanta Journal (Sunday Morning, August 7, 1927) Relevant articles: 1. “Three Georgia Notables in Canadian tour: Mayor Ragsdale Enters Car In Journal’s Tour; 3 Other Names Added: Bismarck Moore, George W. West, Thad Huckabee and H. E. Wofford Bring Total to 42” 2. “Will Represent Albany in Tour” 

Southwest Virginia Enterprise (Tuesday, May 7, 1929, full issue) Relevant articles and images: 1. Image - “Will Take Part In Annual Celebration - Some of the 600 Radford State Teachers College girls who will take part in the Southwest Pageant and the May Day Festival features of the Fourth Annual Celebration of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., May 18th on the V. P. I. campus.” 2. Image - “President of Southwestern, Va., Inc. – Dr. J. P. McConnell, President of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., who will bring by special train the entire student body of the Radford State Teachers College of more than 600 girls to Blacksburg for the Fourth Annual Celebration, May 18th.” 3. Image - “Where Fourth Annual Celebration of Southwestern Va., Inc., Will be Held – a bird’s eye view of the Miles Athletic Stadium of V. P. I., where on May 18th the Fourth Annual Celebration of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., will be held.” 

Southwest Virginia Enterprise (Tuesday, August 12, 1930, full issue) Relevant articles: 1. “Eggleston Blue Grass Trail Celebration Draws Large Crowd: J. P. McConnell Chief Speaker – Persident [sic] of Southwestern Virginia, Inc., Delivers Fine Address. Invitation Extended To Hold Next Annual Trail Meet at Bland.” 2. “Virginia’s Historical Markers Receive Wide Praise.” 

Bristol Herald Courier (Friday Morning, May 15, 1931) Relevant articles: “Speakers At Southwestern Virginia, Inc. Celebration At Emory Tomorrow: Dr. J. N. Hillman, Dr. J. P. McConnell, N. M. Argabrite; Expect Thousands At Southwest Exercises: N. M. Argabrite, Vice President of American Gas and Electric Co., Will Be Guest Speaker Of Emory Celebration.” 

Enclosure with Report of H. E. Jones, Director of Publicity Southwestern Virginia, Inc. 1. Bristol News Bulletin (Friday Afternoon, Nov. 18, 1932)“Semi-Annual Meeting S. W. Virginia, Inc., Board Of Directors Underway Here: Dr. J. P. McConnell Presiding Over Business Session; Several Matters To Be Disposed Of” 2. “Jones Reports On Publicity Work Of Southwestern Va.: Proposes Establishment of Tourist Bureau in Washington; Cites Value of Park Highways.” 

Enclosure with Homer E. Jones Business Card: 1. Bristol News Bulletin (Friday Afternoon, Nov. 18, 1932) “Jones Reports On Publicity Work Of Southwestern Va.: Proposes Establishment of Tourist Bureau in Washington; Cites Value of Park Highways.” 2. Bristol Herald Courier (Saturday Morning, November 19, 1932) “Regional Chamber Will Aid Aireline: Southwestern Virginia Directors Also Call For Support Parks Highway” 

Poster: Good Will Tour 

Oversize Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Southwest Times (April 10, 1927) “How About It?” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Southwest Virginia Enterprise (Tuesday, May 12, 1931) “’Faith In Southwestern Virginia’ Week Begins: Southwestern Va. Celebration Expected To Be Huge Event This Year; Best Orators and Musical Talent To Be On Display; More Color and Variety Will Be Featured Than at Any Previous Celebration” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Roanoke Times “The Radford Celebration” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Roanoke Times “Record Throng Gathers At Wytheville For Session of Southwestern Virginia Inc.:Dr. J. P. McConnell Outlines the Work of Regional Association; First President Declares Every Effort Has Been Made to Promote the Development of Human and Material Resources Found in the Great ‘Mountain Empire.’" "Dr. J. P. M’Connell Re-elected Head; Board of Directors Chosen to Represent Cities and Counties of Southwest; Byrd and Trinkle Speak; The Newly Chosen Directors Guests of Wytheville Rotary Club at a Supper” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Roanoke Times (Vol. XCI. No. 143) “McConnell Again Heads S.-W. Va. Inc.; Carson is Speaker: Regional Chamber Meets at Radford, Conservation Leaders See Millions in Development of Tourist Trade, Bowen is Reelected, May Festival and Shrine Drill Add Color to Program at College” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Roanoke Times (June 14, 1930) “Officers Are Re-elected By Southwestern Va., Inc.: Traffic Bureau Plan Approved; Directors Authorize Establishment of Office With Expert In Charge; Reports Are Submitted; Dr. McConnell and Secretary Bowen Are Given Vote Of Thanks” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Bristol Herald “Southwestern Va., Dairy Committee Makes Report: Nothing to Cause Alarm Is Seen in Slight Decline in Price Level of Nation’s Products” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Southwest Virginia Enterprise (Friday, February 20, 1931) “Pres. Butterworth of the National Chamber of Commerce Requests Permission To Make Public Pres. John Preston McConnell’s Letter To Him” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Southwest Times (May 29, 1928) “Too Much Wytheville” 

Southwestern Virginia, Inc.: Enclosures with letter from J. L. Addington to John Preston McConnell: 1.Roanoke Times (May 26, 1928) “Too Much Wythville” 2. Wythe County News (Friday, May 25, 1928) “A Neighborhood Paper Jealous” 3. Coalfield Progress (Wednesday, May 23, 1928) “Time For a Revival” 

Southwest Virginia: Radford News “History of Radford, by Annie Sue Anderson, Chapter I: Location, Chapter II: Antecedent History of Radford” 

Southwest Virginia: “Virginia Tour Success Seen: More than 35 of the 45 Businessmen Invited Have Already Accepted, Governor Positively Will Be With Party, Two Palatial New Buses Have Been Christened ‘Virginia’ and ‘Carolina’” 

Southwest Virginia: Appalachia Independent (Wednesday, March 26, 1930) 1. “Publicity For Appalachia: Publicity For Appalachia. Hotel Owners Sponsoring It Chamber of Commerce in Hearty Accord. Middlesboro’s Big Get. Proposed New Highway Through Appalachia – Daniel Boone Trail” 2. “Appalachia and Big Stone Gap Boosters Visit Lynch” 

Highways: Kingsport Times (Thursday, October 8, 1925) “Movement Started for Lakes to Gulf Highway Thru Here: Booster Meeting Held in Wise, Va., and Publicity Club is Formed – Projcet [sic] Launched By Local Clubs” 

Highways: Enclosure with Nov. 26, 1925 letter to John Preston McConnell from W. G. Coutts: “Town of Wise to Take Active Interest In Tourist Route: Leading Citizens of Wise Forming Association to Support Efforts to Establish North-to-South-Highway By Way of Pound Gap and Natural Tunnel” 

Highways: Reprint from Appalachia (Virginia) Independent (December 14, 1927) “The Appalachian Way and What It Means To Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia, By Chas. F. Bowden, Secretary-Manager The Appalachian Way Association” 

Highways: Johnson City Chronicle (Thursday, March 8, 1928) 1. “New International Highway Promoted By Kiwanis: Kiwanis Backs Interstate Meet on Good Roads; Delegates and Highway Men from Va., Ky., and N. C., at John Sevier, Yesterday; All Pledge Support To Highway Building; Several Big Associations Represented; Speeches of James A. Summers and R. A. Marvel Highlights” 2. “That New Highway Association” 

Highways: Post, Big Stone Gap Virginia (April 18, 1928) “May Go Into Highway System: Road Between Coeburn and Scott County Line Recommended by Supervisors” 

Highways: Post, Big Stone Gap Virginia (June 11, 1930) “Wise Elated Over Routing of Federal 23: Road Leaders of This Section See Importance of Securing Federal Highway; Kentucky and Tennessee Pleased” 

Highways: “Noted Highway Men To Meet In Convention Here: Black Bear Trail Convention To Hold National Meeting Here At George Washington Hotel June 1 to 3, President Alderman is Principal Speaker, Governors Day To Be Signalized By Invitations to Many Chief Executives of Various States.” 

Highways: “Highway Needs Are Under Study: Commission Thinks Wytheville Hearing Most Productive of Series, Differ on Diversions, Youell and Port Authority Ask For Hearings Which Are to Be Granted” 

Highways: “Skyline Scenery Thrills Visitors: Governor and Party Reach Hoover Camp on Park Inspection Tour; Fish on Rapidan; Peery Goes to Washington in Interest of Scenic Drive Project” 

Parks: Shenandoah Herald (January 18, 1929) “A National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains” 

Parks: “Park Future UP To People: William E. Carson Convinced State and Nation Doing Their Full Part; Would Mean Blot On State If It Fails; Profiteering Real Estate Operators Will Be Dealt With By Officials” 

Parks: “Officials Tour Parks This Week: Gov. Peery and Party Begin Swing Around State at Seashore Monday; To View Progress; Group to Spend Wednesday and Thursday at Hungry Mother and Douthat” 

Miscellaneous: Roanoke Times “Liberalize Terms of U. S. Grants to Cut Relief Costs: Only 55 Per Cent Must Be Repaid, Interest Lowered to 3 Per Cent – Hope to Reduce Federal Projects, Country is Divided, Hopkins Designates 307 Areas – Roanoke Put In Virginia District Five”