THE ARCHIVES OF APPALACHIA
A Regional Resource
In 1978, East Tennessee State University President Arthur H. DeRosier, Jr., dedicated the Archives of Appalachia in conjunction with the opening of the Institute for Appalachian Affairs. The Archives was created to promote an awareness of and appreciation for Appalachian culture and history. Foremost among those persons instrumental in establishing the Archives were ETSU professors Thomas Burton and Ambrose Manning. Their Oral History Archives of Appalachian folklore, manners, and customs formed the core of the Archives early earliest collections.
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. Housed in the Sherrod Library, the Archives continued to strengthen its collections to document the full spectrum of the Appalachian experience.
In 1998, the Archives moved to its present location in the newly constructed Charles C. Sherrod Library. In this new facility, the Archives expanded its manuscript holdings, initiated a digital preservation program for unique and rare sound recordings, and extended educational and public services. Though located within the Sherrod Library, the Archives is a unit of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS), a Center of Excellence in the College of Arts & Sciences.