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Archives of Appalachia

The Center for Appalachian Studies & Services

Appalachian Collections

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The Archives has over 800 collections including organization records and personal papers. The diaries, letters, legal papers, business records, scrapbooks, maps, and memorabilia that make up these collections document all aspects of life in Appalachia.

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The Archives photograph collections reflect the fullness of life in Appalachia. With over 250,000 images, our holdings span the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Sound Recordings

The Archives houses nearly 85,000 sound recordings. Included are unique field recordings that document life in Appalachia, as well as commercial sound recordings that provide comprehensive coverage of bluegrass, country, and old-time music in the region. 


Vertical Files

The Appalachian Vertifcal Files (AVF) contain a wide range of collected materials such as newsletters, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and ephemera related to the region.  



The Archives maintains several serial publications related to the Appalachian region such as Bluegrass Unlimited, Muleskinner News, and Now & Then.  Please ask about issue availability.  

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