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Jack Jeffers photography collection

Identifier: AC-850

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of over 700 photographic prints, two baskets, and digital images on CD, primarily depicting the Appalachian region. Subjects include landscapes, people, animals, and the logging railroad. Many of the photographs are matted and framed. Scenes of Virginia, especially the Shenandoah Valley, and West Virginia compose the majority of the images. North Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania are also featured.


  • 1969-2011, undated


The materials are in 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.

Copyright of the photographs was transferred by the donor to Appalachian State University upon donation in 2011.

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.

Biographical Note

Jack Jeffers is a fine arts photographer who spent almost forty years documenting the people and landscapes of the Appalachian region. According to his 2012 biographical sketch, "His is a poetic and classic view of rural America, and he portrays the land in a traditional and representational genre. Each of Jeffers' museum-quality images is a projection of his artistry and vision of the world." He designed and authored the 1984 publication, Appalachian Byways: A Photographic Documentary.


112.75 Linear Feet


The Jack Jeffers Photography Collection contains over 700 matted photographic prints, many framed, of the Appalachian region. The majority of photographs were taken in Virginia and West Virginia.


This collection is divided into eight series based primarily on the geographic region in which the images were photographed. Series include: Series 1: Appalachian Region; Series 2: North Carolina and Tennessee; Series 3: Other States and Regions; Series 4: Pennsylvania; Series 5: People; Series 6: Various; Series 7: Virginia; and Series 8: West Virginia.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated in 2011 by Jack Jeffers and accessioned as AC.2011.044.

Processing Information

Processed and finding aid completed by Virginia Johnson and Cynthia Harbeson, August 2014. 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.

Jack Jeffers photography collection
Virginia Johnson and Cynthia Harbeson
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository