Complete with recent additions, AC.103: Helen Matthews Lewis Papers, 1924-2011, undated are available for research in the Dougherty Reading Room. The collection features materials related to life and career of Helen Matthews Lewis, widely recognized as the "Grandmother of Appalachian Studies." Lewis' lifetime of work focused on social and environmental issues not only within Appalachia but in locations around the world. Highlights of the Helen Matthews Lewis Papers include hours of documentary film footage capturing the era of the mid-1970s coal mining in Wales and Appalachia, an extensive collection of historical photographs from Ivanhoe, Virginia, Lewis' personal correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, and a quilt made during the 1987 Pittston Coal Strike.
Image of Helen Lewis from AC.103: Helen Matthews Lewis Papers, 1924-2011, undated.