Agriculture has a long history in the Appalachian Region dating back to prehistoric times. Farms in the Appalachian Region have historically been subsistence based, and their history is a more narrow focus, which is the subject of this pathfinder. A variety of fields of study are relevant to this topic, but the purpose of this document is to remain focused on farms and farming in a historical context. Southern Appalachia is the geographical focus, including Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, West Virginia, East Tennessee, Northern Georgia and Alabama, and Eastern Kentucky.
A good introduction to the history of Farming in Appalachia can be found in Auchmutey, Jim. "United States: The South." Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Solomon H. Katz. New York: Scribner, 2003. p. 465-469. ASU APP COLL GT2850.E53 2003
Abramson, Rudy & Haskell, Jean, Ed. Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. ASU APP COLL F106 .E53
Auchmutey, Jim. "United States: Pioneer Food." Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Ed. Katz, Solomon H. New York: Scribner, 2003. P. 465-469. ASU MAIN REFERENCE GT2850.E53 2003 and available online through library catalog
Clark, Thomas D. "Agriculture." Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Charles Wilson Reagan and William Ferris, Eds. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989. p. 5-7. ASU APP COLL and MAIN REF F209.E53 1989
Dethloff, Henry C. "Agriculture." Encyclopedia of Southern History. David C. Roller and Robert W. Twyman, Eds. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979. p. 11-16. ASU APP COLL and MAIN REF F207.7 .E52
Melosi, Martin V. "Environment - Agricultural System." Encyclopedia of Southern History. David C. Roller and Robert W. Twyman, Eds. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979. p. 319-321. ASU APP COLL and MAIN REF F207.7 .E52
Schapsmeier, Edward L., Ed. Encyclopedia of American Agricultural History. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975. "Pioneer and Rural Life" Index, p.438. ASU REFERENCE S441.S36.
Bryant, Ron D. Kentucky History: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000. "Agriculture" p. 58-64. ASU APP COLL Z1287.B79 2000
Burch, John R. Bibliography of Appalachia: More than 4,700 Books, Articles, Monographs and Dissertations, Topically Arranged and Indexed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009. "Agriculture" p. 5-7. ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 B87 2009.
Edwards, Everett Eugene. References on the Mountaineers of the Southern Appalachians. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture Library, 1935. ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 E28 1935a
Forbes, Harold M. West Virginia History: a Bibliography and Guide to Research. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 1981. ASU APP COLL Z1349.1.F6 W6
Graves, Glenna Horne. A Selected Bibliography on (agri)culture and Modernization Relating to the Appalachian South. Lexington, KY: G.H. Graves, 1988. ASU APP COLL Z5075.U6 A6 1988b
Reda, Kimberly Jane, and Robert O. Burton. A List of References Related to Small Farms and Family Farms. [Morgantown]: Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, West Virginia University, College of Agriculture and Forestry, 1984.
Agricola (Available through Belk Library Databases)
America: History and Life (Available through Belk Library Databases)
Dissertation Abstracts Online (Available through Belk Library Databases)
JSTOR (Available through Belk Library Databases)
Agricultural History. 1927-present. Available online through ASU Catalog.
Appalachian Journal. Boone, N.C. Vol. 1, 1974 - present. ASU APP COLL F216.2.A66
Journal of Appalachian Studies. Morgantown, W. Va.: Appalachian Studies Association, 1995-present (Available online and bound Vol.1 - present) ASU APP COLL F106.J74
Mountain Life and Work. Berea, KY.: Berea College, 1925-1988 ASU APP COLL GR103.M5
West Virginia History. Charleston, W. Va.: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1939- present. Available Online and bound Vol.1-Vol. 58 (some volumes incomplete)
Agricultural Sustainability in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
A Cultural History of Crop Production on Appalachian Farms
The History of Agriculture in Central and Southern Appalachia
Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians
Sustainable Agriculture in Appalachia/West Africa: A Comparative Study
Traditional Heirloom Vegetable Varieties of Appalachia and Southeast China
Compiler: Bill Schultz, Jr., 3 November 2009