Guide to the Senator Jim Sasser Papers relating to the Melungeon Tribes of Tennessee, 1891-1979, undated

Summary Information

Title: Senator Jim Sasser Papers relating to the Melungeon Tribes of Tennessee, 1891-1979, undated
Collection: AC.707
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)
Abstract:

The Senator Jim Sasser Papers relating to the Melungeon Tribes of Tennessee contains various papers as well as a letter about the status of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Tennessee in 1979.

Creator: Sasser, Jim

Biographical/Historical Note

Jim Sasser is an American politician and attorney who served three terms as a United States Senator from Tennessee.

From the excerpt from the Dictionary of American History included in this collection, Melungeons are a people of mixed blood who have long lived in a remote mountain section of Hancock County, Tennessee. Their ethnic background could be Croatan Indian or Cherokee Indian intermingled with English and Portuguese.

Scope and Contents

The following materials are included in this collection: Selected Reference on Melungeons, 1968; Excerpt, Almost White by Brewton Berry, undated; Newspaper clipping from The Washington Post, The Melungeons: A Tennessee Mystery, November 16, 1970; Magazine Article, Sons of Legend, Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 22, No. 16, by William L. Worden, October 18, 1947; Newspaper Clipping, Mysterious Hill Folk Vanishing, New York Times, August 10, 1971; Newspaper Clipping, Suspicion A 2-Edged Sword for Jersey Mountain People, New York Times, June 18, 1970; Excerpt, Visit Sneedville and Learn about Melungeons, Excerpt from the Congressional Record - Extension of Remarks, Hon. James H. (Jimmy) Quillen, Tennessee of the House of Representatives, July 2, 1970; Excerpt, Dictionary of American History, Vol. 4, pg. 301, with definition of Melungeons, undated; Excerpt, The Arena, The Malungeon Tree and Its Four Branches by William Allen Dromgoole, May 1891; and Map showing the general development plan of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, 1976.

Arrangement

The papers in this collection are arranged in one oversize folder.

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

This collection was purchased from Appalachian Mountain Books in 2010 and accessioned as AC.2010.028.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 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.707: Senator Jim Sasser Papers relating to the Melungeon Tribes of Tennessee, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1891-1979, undated Oversize Folder 1