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Center for Appalachian Studies records

Identifier: UA 07

Scope and Contents

The Center for Appalachian Studies Papers includes historical papers from the Appalachian Collection, the Appalachian Consortium, and Appalachian Studies. Partial segments of directors' papers are included, as well as records of grants, sponsored festivals, oral history projects, specialized studies and projects, and coursework. The papers span four decades and are divided into sixteen series, some with several subseries for easier access and searching options.


  • 1942-2004, undated



With exception of some Welsh visitors' guides and articles, the language used in this collection is English.

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

The Center for Appalachian Studies is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina that was established in 1978. Its faculty and administrators are charged with the development, coordination, and facilitation of curricula and programs dealing with the Appalachian region. It encourages community members to understand the social and cultural implications of their choices as permanent or part-time residents. The programs supported by the Center invite international participation to understand the special needs of mountain regions, culturally and environmentally.

There are currently three concentrations for Master of Arts degrees in Appalachian Studies: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Music: roots and Influences, and Sustainable Development. There is also a Graduate Program offering an On-campus Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies, an Online Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies, and a Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies.


19.5 Linear Feet ((31 manuscript boxes, 4 half-size manuscript, 2 shoeboxes, 1 small and 1 medium flats) )


The records of the Center for Appalachian Studies, located at Appalachian State University, gives some history of the Center, its functions, its projects, and key people in its operations. The Center's records gives evidence of the activities that seek to encourage to study and invest in the region and its social, economic, and cultural development.


This collection has been arranged into sixteen series, most with subseries for better opportunities for research. The series with subseries are listed below:

Series I: Appalachian Collection Subseries A: General Subseries B: Eric Olson Subseries C: Student Assistants

Series II: Appalachian Consortium

Series III: Appalachian Studies, Center for Subseries A: General Subseries B: Appalachian Cultural Center/Museum Subseries C: Correspondence Subseries D: Coursework Subseries E: John C. Campbell Folk School Subseries F: Sponsored Festivals

Series IV: Appalshop Film Project

Series V: Articles / Papers

Series VI: Various Topics

Series VII: Dr. Patricia Beaver

Series VIII: Conferences, Meetings, Workshops and Related Papers

Series IX: Grants Subseries A: National Endowment for the Humanities, Various Subseries B: Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Subseries C: Other Grant Opportunities Subseries D: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Summer Seminar 1988: Appalachia: American Myth and Reality Subseries E: Participants' NEH Applications and Papers, 1988

Series X: National Collegiate Honors Council Appalachian Culture/Honors Semesters Subseries A: Appalachian Culture Semester, Spring 1980 Subseries B: Appalachian Culture Semester II, Summer 1983 Subseries C: Appalachian Culture Semester, Spring 1985

Series XI: Oral History

Series XII: Town of Boone and Watauga County, North Carolina

Series XIII: Publications / Newsletters / Articles

Series XIV: Research

Series XV: Dr. Carl A. Ross

Series XVI: Audiovisual

Acquisitions Information

Most of these papers were transferred from the office of the Center for Appalachian Studies and the Appalachian Studies Program.


This collection's previous identifier was AC 688. As it is a university entity, the records are under the auspices of the University Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, October-November 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.

Center for Appalachian Studies Records
Processed by Anita Elliott and Virginia Johnson
November 18, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository