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Appalachian State University Websites

The Backlog Blog:  The blog was founded to document the processing of collections for an NHPRC grant from the Library of Congress of W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection manuscripts. The blog ended in 2017.

Appalachian Journal:  Appalachian Journal, founded in 1972, is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly featuring field research, interviews, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films, and recordings dealing with the region of the Appalachian mountains.

Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University: The Center for Appalachian Studies, an interdisciplinary program of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, was established in 1978 to coordinate and promote academic programs, public programs, and research activities on the Appalachian Mountain region. 

Non-Appalachian State University Websites

Wise County Historical Society (Virginia) published the Appalachian Quarterly.

Appalachian Studies Association (ASA): “Our mission is to encourage study, advance scholarship, disseminate information, and enhance communication between Appalachian peoples, their communities, governmental organizations, and educational institutions.” The site contains research resources, regional services and activism, and a teaching and learning section that includes course syllabi with reading lists.

Appalachian Studies Bibliography 1994–2016: Cumulates the “Annual Bibliography” sections of the Journal of Appalachian Studies (begun in 1995). This site appears courtesy of the Appalachian Collection, WVU Libraries. Includes books and book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, and selected government documents, newspaper articles, and conference papers. Movies and musical recordings are not included.

Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY: A media arts and cultural center located in the heart of the Central Appalachian Coalfields, that produces and presents films and videos, recordings, theatrical performances and festivals celebrating the culture and voicing the concerns of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. The site highlights various divisions of Appalshop including:

  • American Festival Project
  • Appalshop Center -- Houses a gallery, theater, conference room, WMMT’s on air studio, an audio studio, film and video production suites and offices.
  • Appalshop Film and Video Releases
  • The C. B. Caudill Country Store and History Center
  • The Community Media Initiative -- Provides technical assistance that addresses the unique needs of organizing groups: “building the capacity of groups to sustain new technology skills, leveraging resources, creating models that are effectively shared and spread, and creating a place for strategic discussions about the relationship between technology and grassroots organizing ... allowing those whose voices have traditionally gone unheard to have an outlet.”
  • June Appal Recordings -- Appalshop’s record label specializing in traditional music from the Appalachian Mountains including Old Time Music, Bluegrass, Blues, and Contemporary Appalachian Music.
  • Roadside Theatre -- A professional touring theater company “whose unique, experimental, dramatic form draws from the musical and storytelling traditions of its mountain home.”
  • Voices from Home -- A two-year celebration of Appalshop’s 30th anniversary.
  • WMMT 88.7, Mountain Community Radio -- The voice of Central Appalachia “with an eclectic mix of music and information reflecting the richness and diversity of the region.”

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA: The Blue Ridge Institute & Museum was established by Ferrum College in the early 1970s to document, interpret, and present the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. The site has links to:

  • Current Gallery Exhibits
  • Teaching Materials
  • Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Heritage Archives

Department of Appalachian Studies,  East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. The site has links to:

  • Appalachian Scottish and Irish Studies
  • Archives of Appalachia
  • Bluegrass and Country Music Program
  • Encyclopedia of Appalachia
  • Governor’s School for Tennessee Heritage
  • Reece Museum
  • Now & Then Magazine
  • Upcoming Events and Special Exhibits

Digital Library of Appalachia, Appalachian College Association Central Library: It provides online access to archival and historical materials related to the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region. The contents of the DLA are drawn from special collections of Appalachian College Association member libraries. 

Highlander Research and Education Center: Since its founding in 1932 as the Highlander Folk School, the Center “has been dedicated to eliminating poverty and winning the right to genuine and meaningful democratic participation for all people ... by providing support to grassroots individuals and organizations working to address the profound inequities that are so deeply rooted in the political and economic structures and culture of Southern communities.”

Journal of Appalachian Studies: A multi-disciplinary publication for scholars, teachers, activists, and others whose work focuses on the Appalachian region, the Journal of Appalachian Studies is the official journal of the American Studies Association (ASA).

Melungeon Heritage Association: Based in Wise, VA, the MHA is dedicated to continuing research and writing, telling the story of the Melungeon people and continuing to put together the mosaic of their past. The site contains links to other genealogy and reference sites.

SAMAB: Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere: “Promotes environmental health, sustainable economic use, and cultural values across the Southern Appalachians. Solutions for critical regional issues will be achieved through multiple collaborations, information gathering and sharing, integrated assessments, and demonstration projects.”