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Celo Community collection

Identifier: AC-346

Scope and Contents

This collection consist of items about the Celo Community, located in the Black Mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina. The documents detail the origins of the community from its residents' perspectives during the 1950s and the 1960s. Items include "Notes from Memory by Arthur E. Morgan and Griscom Morgan on the Beginnings of Celo Community in North Carolina," "About Celo Community," "Celo Community Today" newsletter, and a broadside advertising the community.


  • 1950-1966


Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Historical Note

In 1937, Arthur E. Morgan, William Regnery, and Clarence Pickett founded the Celo Community as an utopian community experiment in Yancey County, North Caroilna. It was chartered as a non-profit land-holding corporation which had a summer camps, schools, and a health center. Many of its early members were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers).

Missing Title

  1. Celo Community
  2. Collective settlements -- North Carolina -- History
  3. Utopias -- United States -- History -- 20th century


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Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. The accession number is AC.2000.023.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, September 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, September 2006.

Celo Community collection
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley, updated by Kim Sims
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository