The McFadden Collection contains over 200 rare and annotated titles by and about women, collected by Dr. Maggie McFadden, Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at Appalachian State University. The genesis of the collection stemmed from Dr. McFadden's teaching and research at Appalachian State, which started when she was hired in 1975.
The collection's strengths center on nineteenth-century women. Of note are nineteenth-century "Women Worthies" books, which are collections of biographical sketches of women famous for their travel, their hospitality (the Blue Stockings), their rule (the queens), their knowledge (the women astronomers and scientists, the women artists). Another concentration in the collection is research material that Dr. McFadden gathered for her work on nineteenth-century transatlantic connections that women were making by means of religion, women's rights, travel and immigration, and abolition of slavery, for her book, Golden Cables of Sympathy: The Transatlantic Sources of 19th Century Feminism(1999).