Documenting Appalachia

Documenting Appalachia is a digital library devoted to the study and exploration of the Appalachian region. Texts, images, audio and video files available through Documenting Appalachia are drawn from the rich resources of Appalachian State University’s W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Developed in collaboration with ASU’s Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian Cultural Museum, and Appalachian JournalDocumenting Appalachia’s collections are chosen with guidance from the Appalachian Studies scholars and librarians who comprise its editorial board. Documenting Appalachia is an ongoing project, and new collections will continue to be added to the digital library. Please send your responses and suggestions to Fred J. Hay (, Librarian of the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection.

Purposes of Documenting Appalachia

  • To provide off-site access to valuable research resources related to the Appalachian region and Appalachian State University; thereby, increasing primary source use and scholarly discussion of Appalachian subjects.
  • To disseminate information about Appalachian culture and history worldwide for broader understanding by students, faculty, and researchers.
  • To increase use of primary resources within the classroom. Students and teachers in regional schools will be able to incorporate Documenting Appalachia materials within their courses in state and local history and culture.

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Copyright and Permissions

We encourage fair use of these materials under current U.S. copyright law and accompanying guidelines. Researchers and students may use the collections of Documenting Appalachia for non-profit and educational purposes. Individuals may reproduce Documenting Appalachia materials (print, download or make copies) without prior permission research, teaching and private study. However, written permission from Appalachian State University’s Belk Library or the rights holder must be obtained and given to the appropriate Belk Library representative before using an item for publishing or commercial purposes. Requests for permission should be addressed to the specific Special Collections unit identified in the “Holding Library” field of the item. In some instances, Belk Library does not have complete information about authors, publishers, or other persons associated with the materials in their collection. Special Collections appreciates hearing from anyone who may have additional information about any of the items in the collection and from those who may wish to donate Appalachian resources to Appalachian State University.