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Archives of Appalachia

The Center for Appalachian Studies & Services


A Regional Resource


The Archives of Appalachia was dedicated in 1978 in conjunction with the opening of the Institute for Appalachian Affairs by East Tennessee State University's president Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr. Founded on the belief that self understanding begins with an understanding of one's region, the Archives was created to promote an awareness of and appreciation for Appalachia. Foremost among those persons instrumental in establishing the Archives were professors Thomas Burton and Ambrose Manning. Their oral history archives of Appalachian folklore, manners, and customs formed the core of the Archives in the early years.

In 1984, the Archives partnered with the newly established Center for Appalachian Studies & Services to provide a comprehensive resource for the study of Appalachian history and cultural heritage. The Archives continued to strengthen its collections, adding research materials that documented the full spectrum of the Appalachian experience.

In 1998, the Archives moved to its present location in the Charles C. Sherrod Library. This new facility has allowed the Archives to expand its holdings, extend services to new audiences, and initiate a digital preservation program for sound recordings.


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