Guide to the Pike County, Kentucky Interviews about Housing Situation after 1977 Flood, 1960-1979, undated

Summary Information

Title: Pike County, Kentucky Interviews about Housing Situation after 1977 Flood, 1960-1979, undated
Collection: AC.507
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains Profile Information on Pike County, Kentucky, and several interviews concerning the housing situation after the 1977 floods in the area. Interviews were with local people and administrators of HUD, disaster and emergency services, and development corporations.

Creator: unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Per a report from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior Paper 1098, the April 1977 flood was the greatest known on Levisa Fork upstream from Pikeville, Kentucky. Poor Fork (home to several interviewees), the main headwater tributary of the Cumberland River crested at 15.88 ft. A portion of this report is located in the control file for this collection.

Scope and Contents

In this collection is a Profile of Pike County, Kentucky which includes tables of population trends, occupational characteristics, family income, educational attainment, employment types, and industry for that county ranging from 1910 to 1976. There is the General Budget Report of 1978-1979 for the Pike County School District.

Interviews of residents displaced by the flood of 1977 along with interviews of county administrators, state assistance offices, and corporate officials spell the devastation of the area and how the residents feel about relocation and government intervention. A letter from a general contractor explains why his company does not want to be involved with rebuilding the area.


It is arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The source of this donation is unknown. Accessioned as AC.2000.030

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.507: Pike County, Kentucky Interviews about Housing Situation after 1977 Flood, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Interviews with County Profile and Budget information, 1960-1979, undated ACSC_Box 15.7