History and Development of the Appalachian Regional Commission

Scope: 

Because the development of the Appalachian Regional Commission was such an involved and often controversial process, there are myriad resources available that detail the evolution and proceedings of the agency.  This document is designed as an introduction to the literature outlining how the history of poverty in Appalachia and years of governmental proceedings led to the development of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  A more exhaustive research will call for an in-depth look at governmental policies and specific statistical data available regarding individual counties located in the Appalachian Region.

Introductory Text: 

Newman, Monroe Oscar. The Political Economy of Appalachia; A Case Study in Regional Integration. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1972. ASU App
Coll HT392.5 A7 N48

Walls, David S., and John B. Stephenson.  Appalachia in the Sixties:  Decade of Reawakening.  Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 1972.  ASU App Coll HC107 A13 W35

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant:

  • Appalachian Development Program
  • Appalachian Mountains - Bibliography
  • Appalachian Mountains – Periodicals
  • Appalachian Region - Bibliography
  • Appalachian Region - Economic conditions
  • Appalachian Region - Periodicals
  • Appalachian Region - Social conditions
  • Appalachian Region, Southern - Bibliography
  • Appalachian Region, Southern - Economic Conditions
  • Appalachian Region, Southern - Periodicals
  • Appalachian Region, Southern - Social Conditions
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Appalachian Regional Commission - Periodicals
  • Economic Assistance, Domestic - Appalachian Region
  • Poverty - Appalachian Region
  • Regional Planning - Appalachian Region
  • Southern States - Bibliography
  • Southern States - Encyclopedias           

Also Relevant:

  • Appalachian Region - Economic policy
  • Catalogs, Union - Appalachian Region, Southern
  • Cumberland Mountains - Periodicals
  • Economic Assistance, Domestic - United States
  • Kentucky - Civilization - Encyclopedias
  • Mountain Whites (Southern States) - Periodicals
  • Poor - Southern States – Bibliography
  • Southern States - History - Periodicals
  • Tennessee - Civilization - Encyclopedias
  • Tennessee - History - Encyclopedias
  • Tennessee, East - Encyclopedias
  • Tennessee, East – History
  • United States - History - Periodicals
  • West Virginia - Biography
  • West Virginia - History
  • Whites (Southern States) - Bibliography

 

Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 

Appalachian Regional Commission
Appalachian Regional Development Program
Appalachian Regional Development Project
Poverty
Appalachia - Economic Conditions
Appalachia – Politics and Government
Appalachia -Social Programs
Economics – Appalachia
Regional Development

Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F106
  • GR103 M5
  • HA37 A137
  • HC106.5 L44
  • HC107 A127
  • HC107 A13
  • HC107 A137
  • HC107 K4
  • HC107 T3
  • HT392.5 A7
Books: 

Ballanger, Judith K.  The Appalachian Experiment, 1965-1970.  Washington, DC:  Appalachian Regional Commission, 1972.  ASU App Coll HT392.5 A7 A66 1972

Bradshaw, Michael.  The Appalachian Regional Commission:  Twenty-Five Years of Government Policy.  Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, 1992.  ASU App Coll HC107 A127 B73 1992

Levitan, Sar A.  Federal Aid to Depressed Areas:  An Evaluation of the Area Redevelopment Administration.  Baltimore, MD:  John Hopkins Press, 1964.  ASU App Coll HC 106.5 L44

Rothblatt, Donald N. Regional Planning: The Appalachian Experience. Lexington, MA: Heath Lexington Books, 1971. ASU App Coll HT392.5.A7 R68

Salatino, Anthony J.  Will Appalachia Finally Overcome Poverty?  Kuttawa, KY:  McClanahan Publishing House, c1995.  ASU App Coll HC107 A127 S237 1995

Whisman, John D.  The Appalachian Development Program.  reprinted from Labor Law Journal, v. 15.  Chicago, IL:  Commerce Clearing House, 1964.  ASU App Coll HC107 A137 W34

Whisnant, David E.  Modernizing the Mountaineer:  People, Power, and Planning in Appalachia.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian Consortium Press, [1981] c1980.  ASU App Coll HC107 A127 W48 1981

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Abramson, Rudy and Jean Haskell. Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville, TN:
University of Tennessee Press, 2006. p. 1569-1571. ASU App Coll F106.E53 2006

Comstock, Jim.  The West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia.  Richwood, WV:  Comstock, 1976.  Vol. 1, Pp 111-129.  ASU App Coll F241 W64 1976

Kleber, John E.  The Kentucky Encyclopedia.  Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky, c1992.  Pp. 24-26.  ASU App Coll F451 K413 1992

Stokely, Jim and Jeff D. Johnson.  An Encyclopedia of East Tennessee.  Oak Ridge, TN:  Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 1981.  Pp. 10-16.  ASU App Coll F442.1 E53

Van West, Carroll.  The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.  Nashville, TN:  Rutledge Hill Press, c1998.  Pp. 21-22.  ASU App Coll F436 T525 1998

Wilson, Charles Reagan, William Ferris, Ann J. Abadie, and Mary L. Hart.  Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.  Chapel Hill, NC:  University of North Carolina Press, c1989.  Pp. 1390-91, 1407-08.  ASU App Coll F209 E53 1989

Bibliographies: 

Appalachian Bibliography.  Morgantown, WV:  West Virginia University Library, 1972.  Vol.1, Pp. 28-90.  ASU App Coll Z1251 A7 A6 1972 v. 1, v. 2

Fisher, Steve. A Selected Bibliography on Appalachian Political Patterns, actors and issues. 1977. ASU App Coll Z1251.A7 F57

Fisher, Steve. A Selective Bibliography on Appalachia, with an emphasis on Political Economy. 1981. ASU App Coll Z1251.A7 F57 1981

Fisher, Steve.  “A Selectively Annotated Bibliography of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).”  Appalachian Journal.  Summer 1981, Pp 300-307.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian State University. ASU App Coll F216.2 A66

Flynt, J. Wayne and Dorothy S. Flynt.  Southern Poor Whites:  A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources.  New York:  Garland Publishing, c1981.  ASU App Coll Z1251 S7 F6 1981

Ross, Charlotte T.  Bibliography of Southern Appalachia.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian Consortium, 1976.  Pp. 7-9, 190-92.  ASU App Coll Z1251 A7 B5x

Journals: 

Appalachia:  Journal of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Washington, DC:  Appalachian Regional Commission.  Multiple frequencies:  Bi-Monthly, September 1967-Fall 1986; Quarterly, Summer 1987-Summer/Fall 1995; Three months a Year, January/April 1996.  ASU App Coll HC107 A137 A3

Appalachian Journal.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian State University.  Semi-Annual, Autumn 1972-Spring 1974; Quarterly, Autumn 1974-.  ASU App Coll F216.2 A66

Journal of Appalachian Studies. Morgantown, WV: Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University. Biannual, Fall 1995-. ASU App Coll F106.J74

Mountain Life and Work (formerly Southern Mountain Life and Work.  April 1925-October 1926).  Berea, KY:  Berea College.  Quarterly, April 1925-Summer 1965; Monthly, December 1970.  ASU App Coll GR103 M5

Glen, John M.  review:  “The Appalachian Regional Commission:  Twenty-Five Years of Government Policy.”  Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.  1992.  Pp. 212-213.  Frankfort, KY:  The Society.  ASU App Coll F446 K43

Hansen, Niles M. A Review of the Appalachian Regional Commission. 1969. ASU App Coll HN79.A13 H15

Menzel, Donald C.  review:  “Too Little But Not Too Late:  Federal Aid to Lagging Areas.”  American Political Science Review v.72.  September 1978. Pp. 1072-1073.  Washington, DC:  American Political Science Association.  ASU Periodicals

Annual Report/The Appalachian Regional Commission.  Washington, DC:  Appalachian Regional Commission.  Annual, 1965-1999.  ASU App Coll HC107 A13 A3

Carnathan, Ralph Douglas.  Experiment in Regional Federalism:  Implementation of the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Thesis:  University of Tennessee, 1973.  ASU App Coll MicF 168

President’s Appalachian Regional Commission.  Appalachia:  A Report by the President’s Appalachian Regional Commission.  Washington, DC:  Appalachian Regional Commission, 1964.  ASU App Coll HC107 A13 A29 1964

Websites: 

Appalachian Regional Commission website: http://www.arc.gov

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Sara E Harris November 27, 2001

Updated by: 

Updated: Bill Schultz, 6 October 2009