Agriculture and Land Use
Mountain farms, gardening, ginseng, absentee landowners.
Broad studies, academic programs, bibliographies.
Archaeology and Physical Anthropology
Prehistoric, pre-European (For Cultural Anthropology/Ethnology, see: Social Conditions)
Architecture, Historic Buildings, Historic Sites
Homes, outbuildings, significant structures and landscapes, guidebooks
Arts and Crafts
Wood and stone carving, quilting, weaving, basketry, chair making and woodworking, pottery, photography, painting, glass artistry, and more.
Significant figures, obituaries and tributes.
Civil War, Military
Wartime impact and involvement.
Coal, Industry, Labor, Railroads, Transportation
Includes lumber, iron & steel, oil & gas, hydraulic fracturing (fracking), automobile, chemical, hydroelectric, nuclear, glass, textile, livestock, mining, and tourist trade industries; labor unions and strikes; highways, canals and river transportation.
Description and Travel, Recreation and Sports
Car trips, hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, hunting and fishing, white water rafting, mountain climbing, guidebooks, sports teams.
Economic Conditions, Economic Development, Economic Policy, Poverty
Includes Appalachian Regional Commission programs, community action efforts, unemployment, housing, and hunger.
Secondary, higher and adult education; illiteracy; mission and settlement schools.
Environment, Geology, Natural History, Rivers, Parks
Conservation, pollution, mountains, forests, streams, wild flowers, wildlife, state and national parks, guidebooks.
Ethnicity and Race, African Americans, Immigrants, Native Americans
Includes Cherokee, Melungeon, and Latino studies, segregation and slavery, immigrant settlers and laborers, black miners, Jews.
Legends, ghosts and witches, superstitions, storytelling and jack tales, rhymes and riddles.
Frontier and Pioneer Life, Pre-Industrial Appalachia
Colonial and settlement eras, seventeenth to mid-nineteenth century history, Indian Wars.
Health and Medicine
Folk medicine, mental illness, drug abuse, midwifery, herbalists and granny doctors, diet and nutrition, black lung, AIDS, cancer, rural clinics, and obstacles to community health care including cultural and language barriers.
Literature, Language, Dialect
Fiction (including “local color” period), creative nonfiction, short stories, essays, poetry, drama, book reviews, author interviews, children’s and adolescent literature, fictional memoirs, classic reprints, and language/dialect studies.
Mass Media, Stereotypes
Television, radio, internet, movies; hillbilly stereotypes (including noble savage, mountain maid), satire, and misrepresentation; Hatfield and McCoy feuding image, cartoons (Snuffy Smith, Li'l Abner); and popular television series (The Waltons, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry RFD, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dukes of Hazzard, Justified, and more recent reality shows including Moonshiners, Snake Man of Appalachia, Buckwild, Appalachian Outlaws, and the drama, Outsiders).
Migration, Population, Urban Appalachians
Primarily studies of out-migration to cities such as Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Akron, and Baltimore, especially post-World War II; treatment of those populations as an underclass. Also in-migration (e.g., Florida retirees) to Appalachia. For Latino Studies, see: Ethnicity and Race. For Immigrants, see also: Coal, Industry; and Ethnicity and Race.
Ballads, shape note singing, bluegrass, gospel, country, old-timey, families and artists, dulcimer and fiddle, square dancing and clogging.
Politics and Government
Local, state, and federal; legislation; elections; party loyalties and boundaries; appropriations (e.g., ARC); programs and policies.
Church denominations; Primitive Baptists; Holiness Churches, and snake handling; religion in schools; missionary workers; circuit riders; revivals .
Social Conditions, Social Life, and Customs
Includes study of values, attitudes, identity, social activism, structure and change; humor; oral history; memoirs; foodways and recipes; festivals and holidays; feuds and domestic violence; Foxfire series; coal camp life; and more.
Women’s experience as settlers, mothers, miners and miners’ wives, elderly, teachers, missionaries; family role and LGBTQ studies; Mother Jones and other leaders; artists and entrepreneurs.
Doctoral theses indexed in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.