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Appalachian Cultural Museum records

Identifier: AC-500

Scope and Contents

This collection contains official paperwork and correspondence from the Cultural Museum, newsclippings, research materials related to exhibits and projects, photographs of the museum, publicity materials, and posters. Also contained in the collection are historic photographs, paintings, slides, floppy discs, reel-to-reel media, laserdiscs, VHS tapes, audiocassettes, CDs, DVDs, and numerous small artifacts.


  • 1855-2012, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1988 - 2002



The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

The materials are open for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Historical Note

The Appalachian Cultural Museum opened its doors in August 1989. The 13,000 square foot museum housed in University Hall featured over twenty exhibit areas which provided an overview of the history of the Blue Ridge Region. The museum's displays focused on topics including Native American artifacts, Daniel Boone, and the family history of Judith Barber, a Wilkes County woman born into slavery 1822. Permanent exhibits addressed the topics of the natural environment, mountain music, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Jack tales, Grandfather Mountain, mountain families, textiles, handicrafts, moonshining, the Civil War, and early industry. A series of exhibits also focused on tourism, skiing, the Land of Oz resort, and NASCAR racing. The museum was closed in 2006 and the collection of artifacts was dispersed to other regional museums in 2012.


91.7 Linear Feet (79 boxes, 4 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 audiocassette boxes, 4 small boxes, 3 flat boxes, 3 CD boxes, 2 square boxes, 10 shoeboxes, 14 oversize boxes, 1 rolled map, 9 oversize drawers)


Materials in the Appalachian Cultural Museum Records cover the history of the museum from 1989 until its close in 2006. The collection contains materials concerned with the museum administration, correspondendence, exhibits, events, and publicity.


The collection is arranged into six series: Administrative Files, Correspondence, Exhibits, Museum, Audiovisual, and Oversize. Individual subseries are arranged alphabetically except for Series IV: Museum Subseries F: Inventories, ordered by accession numbers, Series V: Audiovisual, organized by media formant, and Series VI: Oversize, arranged by individual object/document size.


B28.2.1 through B28.4.4 and B27.1.1 through B27.1.2. Drawers E2.8, E2.9, E2.10, E2.11, E2.12, and E3.15. Mapcase Drawers F3.8, F3.5, and F3.9. Box 109 is located on A50.5.6. Boxes 122-124 are located in Artifacts Room, 459.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was received from the Cultural Museum and the History Department with transfers beginning in 2006. The last transfer of materials occurred in the spring of 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Trevor McKenzie, July 2013. This collection was processed 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.
AC.500: Appalachian Cultural Museum Records, 1855-2012, undated
Finding aid created by Trevor McKenzie, August 2013.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

218 College Street
Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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