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Archives of Appalachia

The Center for Appalachian Studies & Services


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Appalachian-Scottish Studies

>Includes materials relating to Scottish folklore, Appalachian and Scottish folk music, folk dance, Jack tales and storytelling from presentations, lectures, and course work as part of the studies program.


>Nearly 600 recordings of folk music and culture, including spirituals, folk tunes, sermons, bawdy and political songs gathered between the 1930's-1950's.

Broadside Television

>Collection includes videotape documentaries on a variety of Appalachian topics, including regional politics, environmental issues, economic development, traditional arts and crafts, and religion.

Thomas G. Burton

>Contains personal papers, photographs, and audio/video tapes related to serpent-handling, Jack tales, folk music and medicine, food preservation, and storytelling.


>Consists of nearly 400 audio and/or video recordings related to the folklore and culture of the region, including folk music, religious worship, storytelling, and oral narratives of family and Appalachian history.

Dante History Project

Documents community life and traditions of  Dante, Va. Includes oral interviews and images collected by members of the community.

Documenting Community Traditions

>Documents life in Vardy, Hancock Co., Tenn. The oral interviews, photographs, and printed material were collected by ETSU students for a class on documenting the history and culture of a community.

Charles R. Gunter, Jr.

>Consists of audio recordings of interviews conducted with residents of the region regarding such topics as midwifery, farming, musical instrument making, and horse trading.

Joseph Sargent Hall

>Includes Hall's research on the life and language of the people of the Great Smoky Mountains. Hall documents folk beliefs, folk remedies, storytelling, music, and dialect. Includes field notebooks and recordings.

John A. Jones

>Consists of nearly 100 almanacs (1849-1929) produced by a variety of companies and touching on such topics as farming, health, patent medicines, and literature.

Barbara McDermitt

>Consists of audio recordings of McDermitt field trips with storytellers Frank Proffitt, Jr., Hattie Presnell, Ray and Stanley Hicks, reports of the trips, and photographs of tellers.

Michael Montgomery

>Consists of taped interviews of residents of White Pine, Tenn., 1977-78.  While a number of local topics are discussed, Montgomery's research interests are speech inflection, pattern, and usage.

David Larry Nave

>Consists of video recordings, manuscripts, and slides depicting Appalachian residents demonstrating toy making, quilting, and old-time country music.

Ron D. Vance and Barbara H. Wicksham

Documents life in the highlands of East Tennessee and western North Carolina. Includes audio recordings, transcripts, and subject files compiled during the making of " History of the Highlands According to the People Who Lived It."


Becker, Jane S. Selling tradition: Appalachia and the construction of an American folk, 1930-1940. F217.A65 B43 1998

Blaustein, Richard. The thistle and the briar: historical links and cultural parallels between Scotland and Appalachia. F217.A65 B58 2003

Burton, Thomas G. Beech Mountain man: the memoirs of Ronda Lee Hicks. GR55.H556 B87 2009

Cavender, Anthony P. A folk medical lexicon of south central Appalachia. 1990. PE2970.A6 F64

Cavender, Anthony P. Folk medicine in southern Appalachia. GR108.15 .C38 2003

Cavender, Anthony P., and Ted Olson. A Tennessee folklore sampler: selections from the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, 1935-2009. GR110.T4 T457 2009

Duncan, Barbara R. Living stories of the Cherokees. E99.C5 C55 1998

Evans, Mari-Lynn. The Appalachians: Americas first and last frontier. F106.A59 2004

Gainer, Patrick W. Witches, ghosts and signs: folklore of the Southern Appalachians . 1975. GR110.W4 W57

Harkness, David James. Indian legends of the southern mountains: a bicentennial publication. 1976. E59.F6 H4

Isbell, Robert. Ray Hicks: master storyteller of the Blue Ridge. F264.B38 I78 2001

Kephart, Horace. Our Southern highlanders. F217.A65 K46 1913

Mathes, Charles Hodge. Tall tales from Old Smoky. 1952. GR108.M38

Montell, William Lynwood. Ghosts along the Cumberland: deathlore in the Kentucky foothills. 1975. GR110.K4 M66

Montgomery, Michael. Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. PE2927.G7 M66 2004

Mooney, James. Myths of the Cherokee; and sacred formulas of the Cherokees. E99.C5 M764 1982

Murray, Kenneth Maynard. Footsteps of the mountain spirits: Appalachia - myths, legends and landscapes of the Southern Highlands. GR108.M87 1992

O'Donnell, Kevin. Seekers of scenery:travel writing from southern Appalachia, 1840-1900. F217.A65 S44 2004

Olson, Ted. Blue Ridge folklife. GR110.V8 O47 1998

Price, Charles Edwin. The infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee. BF1473.B37 P74 1994

Rehder, John B. Appalachian folkways. GR108.R48 2004

Rhea, Carolyn McQueen. Sketches and legends of upper East Tennessee . GR110.T2 R5 1932a

Sheppard, Muriel. Cabins in the laurel. 1935.

Thacker, Larry D. Mountain mysteries: investigating the mystic traditions of Appalachia. GR108.15 T43 2007

Vande Brake, Katherine. How they shine: Melungeon characters in the fiction of Appalachia. PS286.A6 V36 2001

White, Betsy Tice. Mountain folk, mountain food: down-home wisdom, plain tales, and recipe secrets from Appalachia. TX715.W55 1997

Wigginton, Eliot. Foxfire. The nine volumes in this series (1972-1986) are very useful in studying various folklife topics. F291.2.F

Whismant, David E. All that is native and fine: the politics of culture in an American region. F217.A65 W47 1983

Williams, Michael Ann. Great Smoky Mountains folklife. GR108.W585 1995

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