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Appalachian Studies Web Resources

Appalachian Studies Association
Publishes Journal of Appalachian Studies. Lists service, funding, and research links, plus discussion lists and course syllabi. Headquartered at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

Digital Collections

Appalachian State University. Digital Collections
Sound recordings, oral histories, civil war letters, and images. Thirty-three collections include: Appalachian Ethnicity Resources, Oral History Interviews, ASU course catalogs and student newspaper, historic photos, Blue Ridge Views News Videos, Jack Guy Folk Music Recordings, Jefferson Post, Moonshining in Burke County, Romulus Linney Collection, Yesterday's Harvest: Rural Life in Appalachia, and W. Amos Abrams Folksong Collection.

Berea College. Berea Digital
Featured online material: Audio and Video, Traditional Music Videos, Yearbooks, Letters, Photos.

Digital Library of Appalachia
Contents are drawn from special collections of 28 Appalachian College Association libraries and consist of audio clips of traditional music, photographs, and a variety of documents. Collections: Cultural Environment, Daily Life and Customs, Education, Literature, Music, Natural Environment, Politics and Government, Religion and Beliefs, Visual Arts and Handcrafts, Work and Occupations.

Digital Public Library of America
Search engine and portal to the holdings of numerous libraries, archives, and museums. Indexed by: image, text, sound, physical object, timeline, location, language, subject, contributing institution. Partner institutions include: Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, NC Dept of Cultural Resources, US Govt Printing Office (GPO), Kentucky Digital Library, Smithsonian, HathiTrust, and more.

Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)
Take a virtual trip through this 469-mile national park. Historic maps, photographs, documents, oral histories, postcards, and other materials. Explore by dates, location, subject, GeoBrowse, and interactive maps. Scenic “Overlooks” tab opens to histories and informative sidebar maps, images, and references. An “Education” tab links to K-12 and higher ed lesson plans. Project advisor, Anne Mitchell Whisnant.

Kentucky Digital Library
Online archives from Kentucky colleges, universities, libraries and historical society repositories, including books, newspapers, journals, photographs, maps, oral histories, yearbooks, athletic publications, audio, and more, 1887-2012.

University of Tennessee. Digital Collections
Fifty two print and photo collections grouped under headings: Great Smoky Mountains Regional Collections, Student Publications, Tennessee Regional and Historical Collections, and University Publications.

West Virginia & Regional History Center. Digital Exhibits (WVU Libraries)
Twelve collections including: West Virginia History on View (50,000 photographs), Clarysville Civil War Hospital, George Bird Evans, Jerry West, Rush Dew Holt Political Cartoons, Arch Moor Jr. & Shelley Moore Archives, Congressman Nick Joe Rahall II, Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, International Association for Identification, Francis H. Pierpont Civil War Telegram Series, Storer College Digital Photographs, USS West Virginia Photographs. See also, Collections:

Western Carolina University. Digital Collections
Collections: Cherokee Phoenix, Cherokee Traditions, Civil War Collection, Craft Revival, Great Smoky Mountains, Horace Kephart, Picturing Appalachia, Stories of Mountain Folk, Travel Western North Carolina, WCU Herbarium, WCU: Making Memories, WCU Oral History Collection.

Films and Media

Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY
Film, theater, music, radio.

Hollow: An Interactive Documentary
By Elaine McMillion. Explore the rural communities of McDowell County, West Virginia, through this interactive documentary and warm portrayal featuring images, music, interviews, and the stories of over 30 residents.

Index to Bibliographies of West Virginia and Appalachian Films (from AppLit)
By Steve Fesenmaier, West Virginia Library Commission.

Looking at Appalachia
By Roger May. This crowdsourcing project, launched by documentary photographer May, takes a look at Appalachia 50 years after the 1960s War on Poverty through photos taken by people who live and work there. Approximately 300 images. See also May’s blog,, with its series of portfolios.

Southern Mountaineers Filmography, 1904-1995
by J.W. Williamson, Appalachian State University.

Literature and Language

Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Quarterly of the Appalachian South (1973--  )
Poetry, short stories, criticism, and featured authors -- much of it full-text online, with photographs, new books list, and access to previous issues. Links to regional authors, literary news and events.  Indexed by Project MUSE database.      

Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review   (1972--  )
“…an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly featuring field research, interviews, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films, and recordings.”  Indexed by EBSCOhost’s America: History and Life database.

Resources for teachers of Appalachian literature for children and young adults.  Lesson plans, study guides, links, articles, authors, bibliographies, fiction and poems. Produced at Ferrum College, Va.

Journal of Appalachian Studies (1995--  )
“…a refereed journal published twice per year…. It is the official journal of the ASA, a multi-disciplinary organization for scholars, teachers, activists…. The Journal of Appalachian Studies supersedes earlier publications of the ASA, including Proceedings and the Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association.”  Indexed by EBSCOhost’s Academic Search database.

Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine  (1984-- )
Published twice per year, each issue is themed and includes articles, personal essays, fiction, poetry and photography.

Still: The Journal
Online literary journal founded in 2009 by Silas House (fiction editor), Jason Howard (nonfiction editor), and Marianne Worthington (poetry editor).  Each issue contains an interview and multi-media presentation by Appalachian artists.  Published three times per year: October, February, and June.  Links to other writers, musicians, and projects.

Magazines, Online

Appalachia Magazine
Annual journal (1996--2008) of the Appalachian Regional Commission documenting local economic development projects in the thirteen-state region.

The Old-Time Herald
Celebrates the love of old-time music (1987-- ), which shares origins, influences and musical characteristics with roots music across America, highlighting the Southeastern tradition.   Sound clips.


Appalachian Regional Commission Maps
Forty maps covering: economic status, education, geography, income, poverty, unemployment.

Online Encyclopedias

Appalachian English (dictionary)
Includes an online Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English, MP3 sound transcripts of native speakers, annotated bibliography, full-text articles, and links to other sites.

e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia
Charleston: West Virginia Humanities Council, 2010--  .
Thousands of articles on WV’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

Encyclopedia of Alabama
Birmingham: Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia
Athens: Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press.
“Articles, images, sound, and moving image material as well as links to other Web sites related to the history, culture, and life of the state.”  Includes a link to the Digital Library of Georgia [primary sources].

Raleigh: State Library of North Carolina.
7,000 articles and 7,400 images. Browse by topic, location, image.

Ohio History Central: An Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History
Columbus: Ohio Historical Society.
Indexed by location (Southeast Ohio), topic, media, time period, category.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
Search by category, image gallery, media gallery, map gallery.

Encyclopedia Virginia
Charlottesville: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Research Centers

See also: ASA’s directory of Appalachian Research Centers

Appalachian College Association
The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 35 private, four-year colleges spread across central Appalachia in KY, NC, TN, VA, and WV, collectively serving over 54,000 students. The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to serve the people of Appalachia.

Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.
Federal office that dispenses funds and works with states to create opportunities for economic development.  Regional data, research reports, maps, and articles from Appalachia Magazine.

Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Home of the the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, an M.A. degree program for Appalachian Studies, and the quarterly Appalachian Journal.

Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University
A hub of scholarly, educational, public service, and artistic projects addressing the needs and interests of the Appalachian region.  Also home to the bi-annual, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine.

Eastern Kentucky University Center for Appalachian Studies
Includes tabs for Appalachian Studies events, Appalachian Studies minor, classes offered.

Loyal Jones Appalachian CenterBerea College, KY
Major center for Appalachian Studies.  Dynamic web site with LINKS to “Web Resources,” and tabs for research bibliographies; issues; awards; education; environment; community development; music and dance.  Also home to the quarterly, Appalachian Heritage

Northern Appalachian Studies: Resources
“Northern Appalachia” includes one fifth of all the counties in the Appalachian Region and ranges across five states: MD, NY, OH, PA, and WV. Research centers are maintained at California University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA).

Radford University Appalachian Regional Studies Center
Tabs for:  resources, events, curriculum, programs, links

University of Kentucky Appalachian Center
Tabs for:  research, maps/data/reports, Appalachian Studies, news/events

More Links and Directories

CVA: Center for Virtual Appalachia
Portal to online information includes access to government, commercial, educational, and private sites with links to maps, art, music, literature, religion, crafts, and events.

Hillbilly Highway: Appalachia and America
Course syllabus for Dr. David Whisnant's 1997 Junior Seminar on Appalachian Studies (AMST 63), University of North Carolina, with links to hundreds of Appalachian-related sites.

Migration and Urban Appalachians
Includes a Bibliography of Urban Appalachian Resources by Phil Obermiller, migration statistics, reports and programs, newsletter and maps, and services offered by the Urban Appalachian Council of Greater Cincinnati.

Research Aids: Pathfinders for 80 Appalachian topics
Good starting point for a wide array of subjects. Books, journals, encyclopedias, internet resources, bibliographies, films, with library subject headings and call numbers for each topic. Maintained by Appalachian State University’s Special Collections; compiled by graduate students.