Guide to the Second Union: A Melungeon Gathering Papers, 1997-1999, undated

Summary Information

Title: Second Union: A Melungeon Gathering Papers, 1997-1999, undated
Collection: AC.580
Extent: One folder located in ASCS Box 17.11 on A52.1.4 and the oversize folder is in ACSC OVERSIZE Box 1 on A52.1.5

This collection is comprised of brochures and papers describing the Second Union of the Melungeons at Clinch Valley College, Wise, Virginia on July 9-12, 1998. Also included are four black & white maps of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties plus a map of Southwest Virginia.

Creator: unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

The First Melungeon gathering was held in August 1997, with more than 600 individuals traveling from across the United States and from as far away as Turkey to the Clinch Valley College campus in Wise, Virginia. It attracted state and national media attention.

Scope and Contents

The items in this collection pertain to the Second Union of the Melungeons, held July 9-12, 1998 at Wise, Virginia. There is a Schedule of Events, a biographical list of Second Union presenters, Fast Facts about the Clinch Valley College, and four maps of the Southwest end of Virginia, Lee, Scott, and Wise Counties.


The items are 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 donor of this collection may have been Pat Beaver around 2002. Accession number AC.2002.032

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.580: Second Union: A Melungeon Gathering Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1997-1999, undated ACSC_Box 17, Folder 11
Maps, Virginia Counties, undated ACSC_Box Oversize 1