Digital Collections

The Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections repository includes digitized manuscript collections, photographs, oral histories, audio recordings of ballads and folk songs, and more. The material is scanned from collections housed within the Special Collections Research Center.  

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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.