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Appalachian Council for the Arts

This collection documents the activities of an arts organization that promotes the arts in upper East Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

Broadside Television

Includes videotape recordings related to such topics as apple-butter making, basketry, broom making, craft festivals, the Foxfire program, musical instrument making, quiltmaking, sled making, toy making, weaving, and woodcraft.

Helen Bullard

An Appalachian artist, Bullard's collection documents her artistic activities and her research for the book Crafts and Craftsmen of the Tennessee Mountains. Material relates to such crafts as doll making, folk art, jewelry making, pottery, textile decoration, weaving, and woodcarving. Collection is a microfilmed copy of the Bullard materials at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Beverly Burbage

This collection documents the life and artistic work of Charles F. Decker and the pottery he produced in Washington County, Tenn.  The collection is the result of Burbage's research on Decker and his family.

Thomas G. Burton

Includes manuscript material, photographs, audio and video recordings related to such subjects as blacksmithing, clothes making, doll making, dulcimer making, food preservation, Iron Mountain stoneware, log cabin construction, molasses making, quilting and quilting bees, wine making, and woodworking. Restriction: Recordings may not be duplicated without the written permission of the donor.

Burton-Manning Collection

This extensive folklore collection includes recordings of Appalachian residents explaining various handicraft work and early crafts such as coopering, log cabin construction, weaving, the making of clothes, furniture, folk toys, and musical instruments. Restriction: Recordings may not be duplicated without the permission of the donor.

Charles R. Gunter, Jr.

Collection Includes audio recordings of Appalachian residents explaining such topics as dulcimer making, early food preparation, lye soap making, maple syrup and molasses making, roof shingling, and woodworking.

Joe Jennings

Includes files on Cherokee crafts in the twentieth century.

Johnson City Press Newsclippings

Includes clippings on the arts, the Arts Council of Johnson City, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Kenneth Maynard Murray

Includes photographs Murray took in the region of craftsmen and women involved in such activities as blacksmithing, coopering, handicrafts, molasses making, quilting, and various farm work. Restriction: Photographs may not be published without the permission of Kenneth Murray.

David Larry Nave

Includes manuscript material, slides, and video recordings of area residents discussing or demonstrating such activities as bee keeping, food preparation, herb gathering, quilting, and toy making.

Sing Along with Appalachia

Collection consists of photographic prints and negatives focusing on aspects of life in the southern mountains, especially in that area now a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many of the images show life there in the 1930's. Subjects examined include blacksmithing, carding wool, coopering, food preparation and storage, molasses making, quilting, rifle making, soap making, tanning leather, yarn weaving, and woodworking. Restriction: Photographs may not be published without the permission of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Aikens, Gene . Our mountain craftsmen. 1969. TT139.S74

Alvic, Phyllis. Weavers of the Southern Highlands. NK8912.A49 1993

Barker, Garry. The handcraft revival in Southern Appalachia, 1930-1990 . HD2346.U52 A1273 1991

Bullard, Helen. Crafts and craftsmen of the Tennessee mountains. TT24.T2 K73 1976

Caldwell, Benjamin H. Tennessee silversmiths. NK7112.C35 1988

Eaton, Allen H. Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands. 1937. NK814.E2

George, Phyllis. Kentucky crafts: heartfelt and handmade. 1989. NK835.K4 G46

Goodrich, Frances L. Mountain homespun. 1989 (facsimile, 1931 ed.).TT848.G665

Horwitz, Elinor Lander. Mountain people, mountain crafts. TT23.2.H67 1974

Irwin, John Rice. Baskets and basket makers in Southern Appalachia. 1982.TT879.B3 I78

Jones, Michael Owen. Craftsman of the Cumberlands: tradition and creativity. 1989. NK2715.J57

Kesler, Sally. Weaver's hornbook: tale of what is weaving where. TT848.K47 1949

Lampbell, Ramona and Millard. O, Appalachia: artists of the southern mountains. 1989. NK811.L36 1989

Law, Rachel Nash. Appalachian white oak basketmaking: handing down the basket . TT879.B3 L395 1990

Ramsey, Bets. The quilts of Tennessee: images of domestic life prior to 1930. 1986. NK9112.R36

Schnacke, Dick. American folk toys: how to make them. TT174.S36 1974

Southern Highland Handicraft Guild. Crafts in the Southern Highlands. 1958. NK1410.N5 S5

Stephenson, Sue H. Basketry of the Appalachian mountains. 1977. TT879.B3 S74

Tangerman, E. J. Whittling and woodcarving. NK9704.T36 1962

White, Betsy K. Great Road style: the decorative arts legacy of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. NK1410.V8 W49 2006

Wilson, Kathleen Curtis. Textile art from southern Appalachia: the quiet work of women. TT699.W55 2001


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