Agriculture

Farm Scene
The tie between the Appalachian and the land is enduring and deep. Materials on farming and farm life, as well as agriculture's impact on the region, are available in the Archives.
 
Loyd Sizemore Farm
Vardy (Tenn.) Lantern Slides

 



APPALACHIAN COLLECTIONS

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Brabson Family

Includes day books and ledgers regarding agricultural activity and the operation of a rural general store (1860s-70s), as well as land transactions in Washington Co., Tenn.



Broadside Television

Includes the videotape documentary "Hard Row to Hoe" about the changing farm situation in East Tennessee, as well as footage on tobacco growing and harvesting, food cooperatives, the effects of strip mining on farming, soil, nutrition and food preparation, hog killing, the Appalachian District Fair, and the Telford, Tenn., cannery.



Congress for Appalachian Development

Includes government reports on agriculture in Appalachia, as well as material related to the Farmers Home Administration, terraced farming, government farm programs, food programs, crops, and the environment.



David Diehl

Contains an account book (1850-82) recording Diehl's activities as a farmer and cooper in the Pleasant Valley community of Washington Co., Tenn.



Charles Gunter, Jr.

Includes recorded interviews of individuals discussing such topics as farm life in Hawkins Co., Tenn., the making of lye soap, farming techniques and equipment, food preparation and canning, horsetrading, making molasses and maple syrup, hog killing, milling, and the Knoxville, Tenn. farmer's market.



Frederick S. Heiskell

Includes material on the pedigrees of farm animals, farm prices and clippings on agricultural topics in the mid-19th century, and a report on agricultural production in East Tennessee (1857).



Human Economic Appalachian Development Corporation

Papers include material on small farms in Appalachia.



John A. Jones Almanacs

Consists of 93 almanacs (1849-1920) published by a variety of American companies. Topics in almanacs include farming, planting by the signs, health, medicine, folklore, and the weather.



Lewis Family

Includes an account book (1890-95) of the Lewis family store in the Stoney Creek community of Carter Co., Tenn., which contains a listing of accounts for members of the community's Farmers and Laborers Union.



William Henley Nelson Family

Includes business correspondence documenting Nelson's activities as a farmer in Carter Co., Tenn., in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as photographs of the Nelson family farm.



Robert Peplies

Includes lectures, course work, soil surveys, and maps related to such topics as barn types, soil structures, topography, drainage, climate, and vegetation.



Robert M. Shank

Includes Shank's farm account book (1899-1949) documenting his activities as a farmer in Sullivan Co., Tenn., including the purchase and sale of agricultural products.



Stories on the Land

This oral history collection consists of interviews relating to the Rural Resources Stories on the Land Project, Greene County, Tenn. It documents community life, history, social and economic change.



Tobacco Warehouse

Consists of receipts and checks for the sale of tobacco in Johnson City, Tenn., 1929-40. Represented are the Central Tobacco Warehouse, Cozart & Foxworth Tobacco Warehouse, and Farmers & Merchants Warehouse.

 
          
 



SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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Ager, John Curtis
. We plow God's fields: the life of James G. K. McClure. HD1771.5.M38 A73 1991

Arcury, Thomas A. Greater Appalachian Regional Databank (GARD): agricultural change in the Mountain South at the turn of the century. S444.A74 1989

Ash, Stephen V. Meet me at the fair: a pictorial history of the Tennessee Valley Agricultural & Industrial Fair. 1985. T395.5.K6 A83

Barnwell, Tim. The face of Appalachia: portraits from the mountain farm. F217.A65 B38 2003

Beaver, Patricia D. Rural community in the Appalachian south . HN79.N8 B43 1986

Berry, Wendell. The gift of good land. 1981. HD1415.B47

Brehm, Cloide E. Tennessee...facts about soil, climate, rainfall, agriculture, industry, education and other desirable living conditions. 1926. HC107.T2 B73

Clark, Blanche Henry. The Tennessee yeomen, 1840-1860. 1942. HD211.T2 C55

Clark, Thomas Dionysius. Agrarian Kentucky. 1977. F455.C55

Davis, Donald Edward. Homeplace geography: essays for Appalachia. F217.A65 D38 2006

Dunaway, Wilma. The first American frontier: the transition to capitalism in southern Appalachia, 1700-1860. HC107.A127 D86 1996

Duncan, Cynthia M. World's apart: why poverty persists in rural America. HC110.P6 D86 1999

Groover, Mark D. An archaeological study of rural capitalism and material life: the Gibbs farmstead in Southern Appalachia. F443.K6 G76 2003

Hamby, Zetta Barker. Memoirs of Grassy Creek: growing up in the mountains on the Virginia-North Carolina line. F264.G78 H36 1998

Keith, Jeanette. Country people in the New South: Tennessee's upper Cumberland. HN80.D314 1995

Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, vegetable, miracle: a year of food life. S521.5.A67 K56 2007

Lewis, Ronald L. Transforming the Appalachian countryside: railroads, countryside, and social change in West Virginia. HC107.W5 L39 1998

Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture. First and second reports of the Bureau of Agriculture for the State of Tennessee: introduction to the resources of Tennessee by J. B. Killebrew, assisted by J. M. Safford. 1874. S115.A28

Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture. Hand-book of Tennessee: prepared by A. W. Hawkins ... assisted by Henry E. Colton. HC107.T3 A5 1882

West, Carroll Van. Tennessee agriculture: a century of farms perspective / presented by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. S451.T2 W47 1986

Winters, Donald L. Tennessee farming, Tennessee farmers: antebellum agriculture in the Upper South. S451.T2 W56 1994