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Appalachian Studies Resources

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The Appalachian Center. "A multi-disciplinary institute created in 1977 to link University of Kentucky resources with Appalachian communities in programs of Research, Instruction, and Service."

The Appalachian College Association. The ACA "is a consortium of 37 private liberal arts colleges spread across the central Appalachian mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively the colleges serve approximately 42,000 students. The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of Appalachia through higher education and related services....Six research universities in the region (University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee, West Virginia University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech) are affiliated with the ACA. See web site for links to member colleges and Appalachian Studies Resources, Appalachian College Association Virtual Center. Includes links to web sites by ACA faculty, database of Appalachian Studies Teaching Resources, Field Trips, Writing Nature in Southern Appalachia, Women's Studies, and more.

Appalachian Literature Online Resources. Robert Love Taylor, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. ENGL 213-01: Studies in American Literature, Spring 2002.  

Appalachian Regional Commission Site Index. “The Appalachian Regional Commission was established by Congress in 1965 to support economic and social development in the Appalachian Region. The Commission is a unique partnership composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a presidential appointee representing the federal government.”

Appalachian Resources On the Web, prepared by Shepherd College, WV.  Links to Research Centers, Archives, and Academic Programs, Cultural Preservation, Environmental Issues, Organizations, Publications, Multicultural Appalachia, West Virginia, Music, Instrument, Performers, Literature, Events.

Appalachian Studies Association
. Information on annual conferences, awards, and Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Appalshop. "Appalshop is a media arts and cultural center located in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in the heart of the Central Appalachian Coalfields.  Appalshop produces and presents work that celebrates the culture and voices the concerns of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. Appalshop began in 1969 as a War on Poverty program to train mountain young people in media production skills."  Appalshop programs include Roadside Theater and June Appal Recordings. See also Facebook page.

The Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA. Web site contains online folklife exhibits and information on the BRI's farm museum, archives, gallery exhibits, lesson plans related to October folklife festival, and other resources.

Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. East Tennessee State University. Johnson City, TN. The "Center for Appalachian Studies and Services documents and showcases Appalachia's past, celebrates its cultural heritage, and promotes an understanding of the influences that shape its identity."

Center for Virtual Appalachia (CVA)Based at Morehead State College, "The Library of Appalachia is a collection of articles, reports, and books; multimedia; and links referencing life in Appalachia. Library entries are categorized into 526 categories, spanning a vast array of subject matter.."

Introduction to Appalachian Co
llection, West Virginia U. Libraries. Contains links to Appalachian Studies resources at WVU and elsewhere, including detailed bibliographies of Appalachian materials.

John C. Campbell Folk School. Brasstown, NC.

KYLIT: A Site Devoted to Kentucky Writers
. "This site is devoted to the study of both native Kentucky writers and those who have chosen Kentucky as their home. It is a collaborative effort, started by one dedicated class and their teacher [George Brosi], and now maintained by the English Department at Eastern Kentucky University."

MountainLit. "Welcome to MountainLit, a website sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Library in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Its purpose is to serve as a vehicle for the collection and dissemination of information about past and present West Virginia authors and their writing. It is a work-in-progress designed for teachers, scholars, librarians, students, and readers. Writer and literary historian Phyllis Wilson Moore is serving as the project's consultant."

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. University of Tennessee Press and Tennessee Historical Society, 1998. Online edition, 2002.

WVU Libraries: Appalachian Bibliography. “The Appalachian Studies Bibliography is compiled by Jo. B. Brown, West Virginia University Libraries, Morgantown, W.Va. The bibliography cumulates the 'Annual Bibliography' sections of the Journal of Appalachian Studies (begun in 1995). It aims to be comprehensive in scope and include all major scholarship for the years indicated.”

Art and Artists

Alternate ROOTS "is an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers we strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services...Alternate ROOTS was founded in 1976 at the Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee in order to meet the distinct needs of artists who work for social justice, and artists who create work by, for, about and within communities of place, tradition, affiliation, and spirit. Originally an acronym for Regional Organization of Theaters South, ROOTS quickly established itself as a thought leader in the field of community-based arts and the only regional collective of artists committed to social and economic justice. In response to the needs of the growing field of community-based arts, ROOTS evolved to a multidisciplinary member-based and artist-driven organization. Member artists develop programs, and ROOTS provides resources for the needs of these socially conscious artists."

Ann W. Olson, Mauk Ridge Photography. Cave Run Arts Association. A northeastern KY photographer who has illustrated books by George Ella Lyon.

Appalachian Arts Center. Southwest Virginia Community College. Richlands, VA. Near the site of the Jack Tales Wall and other fabulous brick sculptures by Johnny Hagerman at SWVCC.

Appalachian Photographers Project. East Tennessee University. "The Appalachian Photographers Project showcases the work of emerging and established photographers who work or live in the area and have created a significant focused body of work. The APP region encompasses nine states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia." Report by on National Public Radio by Claire O'Neill. 15 April 2009.

The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road. 224 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 • 540-482-0005. See also Facebook page.

Becky Kelly. “I grew up in St. Albans West Virginia, on Bellewood Drive. My father was an architect and designed our home. He was very creative, and I'd watch and sometimes help in all the hundreds of projects he had going. From School play sets to art fairs. Dad taught me to paint. Sometimes, I'd go to job site's with him and we would set up easel and watercolor the landscapes and barn scenes. This area was in the Greenbrier, and Lewisburg region. I'm particularly fond of Bear Town, near White Sulfur Springs. I went there way before it was a restricted area, when you could just walk through and sit upon the old fallen trees. I admired the moss covered rocks and immense tangles of roots, that seemed to me to be woven tendrils of time. In St. Albans, above Pennsylvania Avenue, there are many giant rocks. I lived in a house that is still there from birth to about age 8. These are the rocks that I was told were the devils tea table, where little mischievous elves and critters of the night had tea parties and planned trouble. I've several paintings of fairies around the rocky tea tables. I've many works specifically of the Greenbrier River from a camp that my family owned. Spring Creek Station. Most of my art is inspired from this region, How could it not be?” (E-mail to Judy A. Teaford, September 13, 2002). “Once established as a freelancer, Becky also began accepting work from a growing list of publishers anxious to use her illustrations on other products, and in children's magazines. Over the years she has been a frequent contributor to award-winning children's magazines like Ladybug, Spider, BabyBug, Cricket (go to, and Weekly Reader. She has also worked with educational publishers Scholastic, D. C. Heath, Grolier, and Brown, among others. In 1996, Becky was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Educational Press Association of America. Becky's studio was the featured Artist Workshop in the 1998 Feb/March Issue of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion.”  

The Cosmic Possum is the web site of Jane Hicks, "a teacher, poet, and fiber artist from upper East Tennessee." Information and photos from her work are presented as well as her favorite Appalachian poets and her literary quilts.

Green Man Press web site. See Vess, Charles, below.

Jack Tales Wall and other fantastic brick sculptures by Johnny Hagerman at SWVCC. See also Jack Tales Wall page by designer Charles Vess.

Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Floyd, Virginia. Art exhibits, classes and educational programs. See also Facebook page.

KentuckyCycle Home Page by artist Bruce Burris. Creator of a multimedia installation focusing on Eastern Kentucky, Burris is a Delaware native who moved to Lexington, KY. "'Kentuckycycle' is a blatant parody that raises questions including why Appalachians are pictured in the collective consciousness as different from the rest of Kentucky's People and why Appalachia is thought of as a world apart from the one in which the rest of us live. Appalachian people are generally considered disadvantaged, isolated, and somehow stuck in another era. Burris says that this conception--Appalachians being like Jed Clampett's unlucky cousins--underlies marketing ploys, research, journalism, scholarly study, and proposed solutions to social, economic, and political problems." ("Jed Clampett's Unlucky Cousins: Hillbilly Stereotypes and Kentucky Culture" by David Minton, Kentucky Corresponding Editor for Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest, September/October, 1997 )

Kudzu Kabin Designs is the web site of Nancy Basket, descendant of a Cherokee basket weaver from Virginia, living in Walhalla, SC (the western, Appalachian corner of SC). She makes baskets from pine needles and has developed many uses for kudzu, including papermaking. Her work as artist, educator, storyteller, and social advocate are depicted in the web site.

Mark Young, Fine Artist: Oil Paintings. The artist "lives and paints in the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Roanoke, Virginia." Young's Blue Ridge landscapes and other works are displayed on the web site. He paints "portraits, cityscapes, landscapes, figures, still lifes or interiors. The atmospheres of his works are full of light, air and space, reflecting his insight into light, shadow and the handling of color." He "divides his time between painting portraits and painting other works for sale through galleries and directly to collectors."

Rocky Mount Center for the Arts and the Grainery. Rocky Mount, VA. See also Facebook page.

'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network. "Linking the visitor to artisans, farms, galleries, craft venues and other creative points of interest in Southwest Virginia."

Southwest Virginia Artists. Mission: "To connect South West Virginia Artists with the World. A place to find and make direct contact with the best of Southwest Virginia. A place where Artists of all disciplines and abilities can discuss their opinions, ask for technical help, recommend a product, find a tutor, find buddies to paint, sketch, pot, make jewelry or play music with. A place to find art or advertise your own work." Includes lists of area galleries and arts organizations. See also Facebook page.

Vess, Charles. The Green Man Press web site. Winner of many awards for his fantasy art and books, Vess was born in Lynchburg, VA and lives near Abingdon. His web site includes his poster for sixth annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion music fest in his hometown of Bristol VA/TN, a page on The Jack Tales Wall he designed for Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia, and many details about the Shakespearean sculpture he designed for the Barter Theatre and town of Abingdon. He also did The Book of Ballads and Sagas, with contribution by Sharyn McCrumb.

Books and Plays Online

Index to AppLit Fiction and Poems

See also Folklore links and AppLit bibliography Appalachian Folktales in General Collections, Journals, Web Sites.

"Bear Hunting in Tennessee." From Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee (1834) by David Crockett, edited by Angel Price (11/96). Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. This text is introduced by the page Davy Crockett, which says, "A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (1834) is the autobiography most likely to be the actual work of Crockett; edited by Thomas Chilton. Much of the other writing attributed to Crockett was actually penned by ghost writers (presumably due to Crockett's lack of formal education) and was approved by Crockett before publication. 'Bear Hunting in Tennessee' is a story . . . that emphasized Crockett's reputation as a great bear hunter--one of the first mighty hunters in Southwestern humor. Unlike Thorpe's later creation of the mighty hunter, Jim Doggett, Crockett's role is used to further the myth that allowed Crockett to become a legend of the old West within his lifetime and for years to come."  See also David Crockett:  His Life and Adventures below.

Carver, Bill. Excerpts from each of the seven stories in Carver's book, Branch Water Tales, are found at Mountain Voice Publisher is developed and maintained by W. H. Massey of Andrews, NC. "You will find short stories of bootleggers, trains, boyhood adventures, mountain medicine and herbal healing, mad dogs, environmental issues, small town law enforcement, and many of the trials and tribulations and joys and adventures of the mountain folk during a time before four-lanes and telephones, before television and microwaves." Author background and reader reviews are also included. More Branch Water Tales, the newest addition, contains "stories of con men being fed doses of their own doings, of townspeople defending their own against bureaucratic bulldozing, of the love that can develop between a boy and a boy's best buddy. As you read the stories, you will watch with your mind's eye as two young boys from two different worlds share a near-death experience. By the words and deeds of two young lovers you will know the turmoil and thrill of that phase of growing up. You will peek through the pages at the shenanigans of boys daring fate and loosing--and learning. You will help peddle pots and needles from the bed of a wagon that could best be described as a pile of kindling-wood on three wheels. And you will smell the smoke and taste the ashes of a burning forest as firefighters battle to save their timber and their lives."

Coal Creek Rebellion by Jamie McKenzie. "The story begins in 1891. Location: Coal Creek, Tennessee. The State of Tennessee has brought convict labor to Coal Creek to break the miners' union. Fifteen year-old Lent Harris and his family are being evicted from the company house they have occupied for years. Determined to take a stand and resist the eviction order, the family finds itself facing three men with shotguns who underline their final warning by shooting the family's prize rooster. Coal Creek is now Lake City, Tennessee, north of Knoxville, renamed after the TVA built a dam and a lake which covered much of the area."

David Crockett: His Life and Adventures by John S. C. Abbott (New York:  Dodd & Mead, 1874). Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. See also "Bear Hunting in Tennessee" above.

Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Libraries. 2004- . Includes Library of Southern Literature, oral histories (Harriet Arnow Interview, 1976), slave narratives, and other collections, as well as Classroom Resources and Geographic Index.

"Egg Hunt," a short story by Lana Whited, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, is published in the online journal Nantahala.  

Generations: A Three Act Play by Bobby Allen
. “Set in the hills of present day Appalachia, Generations is the story of 3 generations of Williamson women trying to understand each other’s worlds and cope with the differences that those worlds hold.”  (Unavailable 08-29-2005) 

Jacob and Duvall Library of Original Cyber Storybooks. Cherokee tales written by Deborah Duvall and illustrated by Murv Jacob.

Johnson, Paul Brett. Reader's theater scripts for a number of Johnson's original and adapted tales, some of which appear in his picture books, such as Old Dry Frye, Jack Outwits the Giants, Fearless Jack, Bearhide and Crow, The Pig Who Ran a Red Light, and The Goose Who Went Off in a Huff. Other scripts include "Jack and the Talking Mule Hide," "The Hungry Fox," and "The Old Woman and the Talking Catfish." Available with online excerpts at PBJ Scripts for Kids, 2009.

Library of Southern Literature, in Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Libraries. 2004- . See also oral histories section with, for example, Harriet Arnow Interview, 1976.

The Online Books Page
. “The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.” The site contains 16,000+ listings including links to children’s and young adult literature.

The Roanoke Times NIE Serialized Stories
. Part of Newspaper in Education (NIE), the Roanoke Times provides serialized stories for their readers. These stories appear online for a limited time.  They include Spirits of Old Virginia, Secrets on the Wind, Ghost Train Journey, The Dark Road to Freedom, and They Mystery of Roanoke. The NIE site also includes Lesson Plans, many which work back to the serialized stories.

Roberts, Elizabeth Madox. Under the Tree. Volume of poetry about childhood. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1922. Library of Southern Literature, in Documenting the American South. University of North Carolina Libraries. Also available in Project Gutenberg.

A Traditional Music Library by Rod Smith reprints a number of Appalachian music collections, including books by Cecil Sharp and Alan Lomax. It "contains only public domain category folk, traditional and roots music...There are also MIDI files for many of the songs." Music education and reference and dance books are also included. One of the categories is Traditional Children's Songs & Nursery Rhymes.

The Web Book of Regional Science
, based at West Virginia University, contains numerous online books. 

published in online journal Nantahala, Issue 1:01. Nov. 2001. A drama about love and jealousy, revenge and witchcraft in the Blue Ridge Mountains by Rex Stephenson, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA.

Bookstores, Publishers and Sellers

Note: Many of the historical, educational, and recreational sites listed elsewhere have online stores connected with their web sites.

Appalachian Books. Appalachian Mountain Books, George Brosi. Includes list of Award-Winning Appalachian Children's Books.

The Appalachian Connection for Teaching and Learning by Terrie Sypolt, Reference and Information Technologies Librarian, King College. "These presses specialize in books by and about Appalachia.  Click on links to view publishers' catalogs, ordering information and publishing guidelines."

August House: Publishers of Storytelling Guides and Folk-tale Anthologies
." August House is an award-winning publisher of children's books, folktale anthologies for all ages and stories for classroom use in book and audio formats. Our books are used in literacy and Title I programs to build language, critical thinking and writing even skills as they entertain."

Blair Publishing
See John F. Blair, below.

Cedar Creek Publishing: A Virginia Publisher of Virginia Books. Bremo Bluff, Virginia.

Frog Creek Books of Charleston, West Virginia sells used, new, out-of-print, and publisher's overstock.  They have an emphasis on West Virginian and Appalachian books.

Ivy Creek Recordings and Publications. Hickory, NC. Online store with individual pages on a number of Appalachian storytellers and musicians.

John F. Blair, Publisher. "Publishing books on the Southeast since 1954." The web site has a page devoted to Appalachian titles: "The Blue Ridge Parkway. Grandfather Mountain. The Cherokee Nation. The Appalachian mountains are full of history and legend, winding backroads and trails off the beaten path. Explore these beautiful and mysterious mountains with our Appalachian titles."

The Jesse Stuart Foundation: A Regional Press and Bookseller. Ashland, KY.

Marie Stewart Museum and Crafts Shop. Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, KY.

McClain Printing
. Parsons, WV. For annotated bibliography of Appalachian books for sale through McClain Printing, type in "Appalachia" in search box.

North Georgia Book Store: Cherokees
contains Cherokee Links and Cherokee books, among many other topics concerning North Georgia.

The Overmountain Press. Many Appalachian books with summaries; some have author and illustrator information.  “Founded in 1970, The Overmountain Press is primarily a publisher of Southern Appalachian history and non-fiction. Our titles include county histories, Revolutionary and Civil War history, photography, railroad history, regional essays, and Appalachian tall tales. Overmountain is a family-owned business that publishes around thirty new titles each year, including reprints of hard-to-find regional history. In the past couple of years we have ventured into children¹s fiction with picture books set in and about Southern Appalachia. In 2000 we began publishing Southern mysteries under our new imprint, Silver Dagger Mysteries.

University Press of Kentucky gives pages on many Appalachian books. 

University of Tennessee Press publishes many important Appalachian books.

Woodland Press
"is the result of a dream of two southern West Virginians who desired to provide Appalachian authors a venue in which to create, publish and sell their work. Woodland Press was co-founded by Logan County author, F. Keith Davis, who understands the frustration of finding eager publishers without having an established portfolio of existing literary works. Shop our Online Store for current books published by and/or represented by Woodland Press. You may even find a unique craft or artwork hand-made in the Appalachian region."

Children's Literature: General Resources

ABC-Lit: An Index to Children's Literature Scholarship by Lisa R. Bartle.

American Library Association. Web site contains a wealth of material on children's literature awards, censorship, and other topics. Includes link to American Association of School Libraries (AASL), Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Bibliography of Children's Literature Criticism to accompany Perry Nodelman and Mavis Reimer's Pleasures of Children's Literature, 3rd. ed. Compiled by Perry Nodelman.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site contains Appalachia in Children's Literature. This site is devoted to Appalachian children's literature and contains an example of Webbing (a brainstorming activity), Chart of Books on Appalachia, Cynthia Rylant, Nonfiction Reading, Picture Books, and Novels. 

Childlit, "an unmoderated discussion group convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism of literature for children and young adults."

Children's Literature Association. Links page contains valuable links to many kinds of web sites, selected by scholars of children's literature.

Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism. Ed. J. D. Stahl, Tina L. Hanlon, and Elizabeth Lennox Keyser. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006. Companion web site for general anthology, which includes some Appalachian Folklore and Literature selections.

Hendrickson, Linnea. Children's Literature: A Guide to the Criticism (G. K. Hall/Macmillan, 1987). Reprinted online.

International Children's Digital Library: A Library for the World's Children. Many international online books. Created at University of Maryland, 2002.

Kay E. Vandergrift's Special Interest Page. This page leads to detailed sections on the history, study and teaching of children's literature, with a number of reading lists and photos of historic children's books.  The Snow White section provides excellent, extensive resources on fairy tales and variants of "Snow White," including Davenport's Appalachian film Willa.

Library of Congress. The Center of the Book. Kids. Books and Related Info.

Reese, Debbie. American Indians in Children's Literature. "Critical perspectives and discussion of American Indians in children's books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society-at-large." expert on Native American literature and culture.

10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism. The Council on Interracial Books for Children.

Virginia Educational Media Association.

Links in section above checked 4/24/08

Colleges and Universities

The Appalachian College Association. The ACA "is a consortium of [37 in 2007] private liberal arts colleges spread across the central Appalachian mountains in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively the colleges serve approximately 42,000 students. The Association helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of Appalachia through higher education and related services....Six research universities in the region (University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Tennessee, West Virginia University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech) are affiliated with the ACA. See web site for links to member colleges and Appalachian Studies Resources, Appalachian College Association Virtual Center. Includes links to web sites by ACA faculty, database of Appalachian Studies Teaching Resources, Field Trips, Writing Nature in Southern Appalachia, Women's Studies, and more.

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.  Special Collections: “The William Leonard Eury Appalachian Collection (828-262-4041) is a repository for a wide variety of materials related to the Southern Appalachian region.  Located on the second (top) floor of Belk Library, the Appalachian Collection has more than 26,000 volumes of books and periodicals with special strengths in the social sciences and humanities.  The collection also includes maps, audio and video tapes, phonograph records, photographic prints and slides, microfilmed county records, an extensive clipping file, a large set of genealogical resources, and a growing archive of manuscript materials.” The Center for Appalachian Studies, “a department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, coordinates curriculum offerings, projects, and research relating to the Appalachian region.” Appalachian Literature (Unavailable 11-23-2002) contains information about Appalachian authors, storytellers, and musicians.  It was developed by Cece Conway, Professor of English, Appalachian State University; Rachel Powers, Web Designer, Drafting and Design Major; Jinny Turman, Graduate Student in Appalachian Studies; Ashley Icard, English Major; and Cassie Robinson, Appalachian Studies Major. Appalachian State University is also the home of the North Carolina Folklore Society. “The Appalachian Cultural Museum, part of Appalachian State University was created to foster an understanding of the people of the Appalachian Mountains and to serve as a laboratory for new museum ideas. Through exhibits, publications, and special events, the Museum presents the rich traditions of the region. The Museum gives new meaning to life in western North Carolina in a manner that is authentic and non-stereotypical.” Excellent.

Berea College. "The Brushy Fork Institute works to develop strong, ethical leadership in the mountains of Central Appalachia." The Appalachian Center "gives concentrated leadership to Berea's Appalachian activities, works to stimulate student and schoolarly interest, brings together existing outreach programs and guide the creation of new services, relates Berea College's efforts to those of other Appalachian institutions, serves the nation as a source of information about the Appalachian region."

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia. Marshall University, Huntington, WV.  

Eastern Kentucky University Center for Appalachian Studies. "The Center for Appalachian Studies (CAS) at Eastern Kentucky University was created to coordinate and promote a multi-disciplinary approach toward teaching, research and service on issues pertaining to Appalachia." Look for Special Events and Activities.

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, the home of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, “is a hub of scholarly, educational, public service, and artistic projects addressing the needs and interests of the Appalachian region.” The Archives of Appalachia "is part of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services. The three divisions of the Center are the Regional Resources Institute, the Archives, and the Reece Museum. The Archives of Appalachia includes three units concerned with the collection, preservation, and public use of historical materials: Appalachian Collections, a multimedia collection of materials that documents the political, economic, social, and cultural history of Southern Appalachia. University Archives, which includes official records and publications, photographs, personal papers, and audio and video recordings documenting the history of East Tennessee State University. Special Collections, containing books and other published materials concerning southern Appalachian culture, history, and literature."

Emory and Henry College (Emory, VA) hosts a Literary Festival each fall featuring an Appalachian writer (Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker at the 27th annual festival in 2008). The Iron Mountain Review publishes work from each festival. For more information, contact John Lang (

Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV, is the home of the West Virginia Folklife Center, The West Virginia Folk News, Traditions, and Hillchild

Ferrum College is the home of The Jack Tale Players; this web site AppLit; the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum; the Appalachian Cluster, a group of general studies undergraduate courses taught each spring since 1999; and the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, Regional Studies for Liberal Arts Learning: Appalachian Up-Close.

Marshall University, founded in 1837, and the oldest university in West Virginia, is named for U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. "The West Virginia Collection is a regional collection of published materials that deals with West Virginia and surrounding states, particularly Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.  The collection also emphasizes the Appalachian Region, as well as the Civil War. The collection includes books, journals, state documents, newspapers, a vertical file of newspaper clippings and pamphlets, maps, phone books, and microforms." Appalachian Studies Network is "an interdisciplinary network of students, faculty, and community members, who share an interest in Appalachian Studies from whatever view point. This area of study is booming and brimming with new faces and voices every day, and the ASN is here to provide scholars with a social and academic organization they can depend on for contacts, ideas, and overall support." See also Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio The Zanesville campus hosts the Women of Appalachia Conference every fall.

Otterbein College “is a private, independent, coed four-year liberal arts college founded in 1847 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Located in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.”  The Courtright Memorial Library: An Appalachian Bibliography contains several links to Appalachian material.     

Radford University houses the Appalachian Regional Studies Center. “The center is directed by Dr. Grace Toney Edwards, who is assisted by faculty members Jo Ann Asbury, Ricky Cox, Jim Minick, and Ann Moser, and staff member Valerie Sutherland.  The ARSC houses the Appalachian Folklife Archives, where some 400 field collection projects and their accompanying recordings, videotapes, slides and photographs are available for use in the university program.  In addition, the ARSC houses a growing collection of audio and videotapes, record albums and selected print materials . . . . The Appalachian Regional Studies Center is also the home of several programs enhancing the Appalachian experience at Radford University:  the Appalachian Events Committee (AEC), the Selu Living History Museum, the Highland Summer Conference, the Appalachian Teachers' Network (ATN), the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia (ALCA), and Appalachian Arts and Studies in the Schools (AASIS).”  The site includes an extensive list of links including education, folklife and folklore, local interest, music, organizations and community groups, and museums and exhibits in TN, VA, and KY.

Sinclair Community College. Appalachian Outreach/Studies. Dayton, Ohio.

University of Kentucky
Appalachian Center at the University of Kentucky is “a multi-disciplinary institute created in 1977 to link University of Kentucky resources with Appalachian communities in programs of Research, Instruction, and Service.” Now on the site is the Appalachian Heritage and Genealogy including Resources, Message Board, and History.  Appalachian Pages on the Internet provides links to many areas of interest.  The University of KY's Appalachian Center Publications contains six available online publications.

Virginia Tech. Appalachian Studies at Virginia Tech: As well as information about the program, courses, schedules, faculty, and upcoming events, this site includes links to additional Appalachian sites. Appalachian Literature: English 3624, Appalachian Literature, at Virginia Tech. This site, created by Dr. Stephen D. Mooney and his students, contains a hypertext directory indexing pages and research papers (some with original illustrations or photographs) on a variety of authors and Appalachian topics, including folktales and folksongs.  Students essays also include:  Black Lung, Jack Tales, Labor Strikes in the Coal Industry, Women and the Labor Movement.  

West Virginia University is the home of the Regional Research Institute.  The WVU Libraries:  Appalachian Collection covers the 13-state Appalachian Region, with holdings of over 10,000 volumes.  The Appalachian Studies Web Resources contains links to several quality sites.  The Appalachian Studies Bibliography: 1994-1999 is a comprehensive listing of bibliographies covering a wide range of subjects.

West Virginia Wesleyan College site contains Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library West Virginia Authors and West Virginia Children's Authors. Each page offers author biographical information, critical responses, works published, selected biography, and author website (if available). 


AppLit Resources on Appalachian Dialects, by Stephanie Humphries.

Appalachian culture: A thumbnail sketch is by Anthony Roark and Gloriajean Wallace, of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology.  (From American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA] Website)  The authors of this short piece advise that “Clinicians may find it helpful to use the list of ten important pieces of information recommended by Wallace (1996) when detailing key aspects of culture and communication for the Appalachian population.”  They include overview of culture, cultural history, generational status, communication patterns, social organization, time concept, spiritual orientation, health practices, food preferences, and risk factors for communication impairments.

Appalachian English. Web site by Michael Montgomery, editor of Smoky Mountain English. Includes articles, transcripts of "speakers that Joseph Sargent Hall interviewed in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1939," a dictionary for words in the transcripts, a quiz on knowledge of Appalachian vocabulary, and an annotated bibliography with over 500 items.

Coal Region. “This web site is a collection of nostalgia and regionalisms from the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. The region is made up of Schuylkill, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, and Columbia counties, and also the northernmost reaches of Dauphin county.” It includes the CoalSpeak dictionary, famous CoalCrackers, CoalTalk, and a Message Board.

Dr. Kirk Hazen, Department of English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.  Hazen's West Virginia Dialect Project (WVDP) contains Appalachian English Bibliography Part I and Part II.  

Hillbonics: Speak Like A Southern West Virginian "This web site is designed to preserve the speech pattern of southern West Virginia. We are not attempting to ridicule or poke fun at anyone's language use; its purpose is to share the dialectal elements of southern West Virginia. These elements are slowly disappearing from use because of the homogenization of America."  

"I Can Almost See the Lights of Home ~ A Field Trip to Harlan County, Kentucky" by Charles Hardy III & Alessandro Portelli, in The Journal for Multimedia History. Editor's Introduction: "'I Can Almost See the Lights of Home' offers a new mode of thinking about and presenting oral history. Termed an 'aural essay' by joint authors Alessandro Portelli and Charles Hardy III, this extended and pathbreaking audio work explores place, form, time, and the act of historical interpretation; it is an attempt by two oral historians, one from Pennsylvania, USA, and the other from Rome, Italy to create a new aural history genre that counterpoises the voices of subject and scholar in dialogue—not merely the dialogue that takes place in the real time of an oral interview, but the one that occurs as interpretations are created and scholarship is generated. Dialogic elements pervade the work: in the conversations between Portelli and Harlan County residents and in the verbal exchanges between Portelli and Hardy. 'I Can Almost See the Lights of Home' is also an instructional manual on authoring in sound and a manifesto of sorts. It challenges oral historians to truly explore the full dimension of the sources they create and utilize in scholarship—to engage the 'orality' of oral sources. It challenges all historians to consider alternative modes of presenting interpretations, modes that render the very act of interpretation more visible while preserving and respecting the integrity of primary sources." Contents include An Essay-in-Sound, Making an Essay-in-Sound, Field Notes From Harlan County, Script, and Credits. 

West Virginia Dialect Project. West Virginia University. "The West Virginia Dialect Project investigates language variation in the Mountain State."

WCSU Libraries HomePage: Research Guide to Linguistics
(Ruth A. Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University). A comprehensive listing of resources for the study of linguistics. (Unavailable 11-23-2002)

Discussion Lists and Bulletin Boards

Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Discussion Board.  Categories include General Discussions, Bibliographies, and Syllabi.

APPLIT is a moderated list for the discussion of Appalachian Literature in all of its forms, and of Appalachian/American history as it relates to and informs that literature. List name:  APPLIT@MSUACAD.MOREHEAD-ST.EDU Subscription address:  LISTSERV@MSUACAD.MOREHEAD-ST.EDU Owner: David Frazier <

Childlit, "an unmoderated discussion group convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism of literature for children and young adults."

H-Appalachia "a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-Appalachia is devoted to the discussion of issues relating to the life and culture, both past and present, of the Appalachian region of the United States."  

Environmental Issues

Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment.

Appalachian Long Distance Hikers' Organization. "The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in 1983 as an off-trail family of fellow hikers who’ve all shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Membership in this nonprofit group is open to all.

Appalachian Voices is “is committed to protecting the ecological integrity, economic vitality, and cultural heritage of the central and southern Appalachians.”

The Blue Ridge of Southwestern Virginia. Ralph Lutts's web site on natural history.

The Canary Project deals with problems related to coal mining. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Action for Justice.

Ferrum College. Environmental Science program. The nation's 2nd oldest environmental science major.

Ferrum Outdoors. A varied program of outdoor activities at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, which also has a major in Recreation Leadership.

Just Connections. "The Mission of Just Connections is to invigorate grassroots democracy among residents of distressed mountain communities by creating and using models for participatory research and service in support of self-sustaining communities that offer equitable access to resources for local citizens."

Missing Mountains: We went to the mountaintop but it wasn't there. Ed. Kristin Johannsen, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall. Introduction by Silas House. Afterword by Wendell Berry. Nicholasville, KY: Wind Pub., 2005. Contributions by 35 writers and several photographers. Excerpts and reviews available at web site.

The Mountain Institute: Advancing Mountain Cultures, Preserving Mountain Environments includes Places, People, Projects, Just For Kids, Get Involved. 

The Mountaintop Removal Road Show.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. "The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, formed in 1987, is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to organize and maintain a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development and media outreach. Our work encompasses much of West Virginia and portions of southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky."

Public Outcry. A group of Kentucky writers and musicians opposed to mountaintop removal. Proceeds from their CD Songs for the Mountaintop contribute to efforts by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to end mountaintop removal.

Stop Mountaintop Removal.

The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation works to conserve land and wildlife. Halifax, VA.

The West Virginia Hills. Links to other sites that contain information on plays, movies, articles, and laws that relate to the devastation of West Virginia mountains due to Mountain Top Removal. 

Wetlands Estonoa. St. Paul, VA.


In this web site, see Steve Fesenmaier's Annotated Bibliographies of West Virginia and Appalachian Films and Complete List of AppLit Pages on Film. Film adaptations of children's books and storytelling videos are also noted in various AppLit bibliographies.

American Experience: A Brilliant Madness – PBS Special. Summary of the PBS Film:  “A Brilliant Madness is the story of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by a descent into madness. At the age of 30, John Nash, a stunningly original and famously eccentric MIT mathematician, suddenly began claiming that aliens were communicating with him and that he was a special messenger. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Nash spent the next three decades in and out of mental hospitals, all but forgotten. During that time, a proof he had written at the age of 20 became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994, as Nash began to show signs of emerging from his delusions, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. The program features interviews with John Nash, his wife Alicia, his friends and colleagues, and experts in game theory and mental illness.” The site also contains a wealth of additional information including transcripts, further reading, primary sources, John Nash interview, game theory for dummies, online forum, timeline of mental illness treatments, Gallery of American Nobelists in economics, more about people and events featured in the film, and a complete TEACHER’S GUIDE.

The Appalachians. 2005. Study Guide available as pdf, for DVD, The Appalachians, an Evening Star Production presented by Nashville Public Television and distributed to public television stations nationally by American Public Television. About 3 hours. Written and produced by Phylis Geller. Sierra Club web site. Summaries from Worldcat: Episode 1: "Examines the earliest settlers of the Appalachians, the Cherokee; the arrival in the 1700s of European settlers who brought their traditions and music with them; the regional role of whiskey distilling; the large evangelical tent meetings which brought together blacks and whites and fostered the development of regional white gospel influenced by African rhythms." Episode 2: "The Cherokees are forced to relocate via the Trail of Tears. Then the Civil War splits mountain families and communities. Modernization arrives and railroads slash through the mountains, and mining companies buy up the land and change the face of the region." Episode 3: "The phonograph and radio take mountain music to the outside world; Great Depression devastates the region; the New Deal provides new ways of making a living and brings wider access to electricity; strip mining and mountain-top removal change the landscape forever; people of Appalachia keep their traditional culture alive and vibrant."

Appalshop General Store. Many recordings, films, and related products. Whitesburg, KY.

Cold Mountain. Dir. Anthony Minghella. Based on the novel by Charles Frazier. Miramax, 2003.

Davenport Films
. Contains background on each film by Virginia filmmakers Tom and Mimi Davenport, as well as other publications, excerpts from reviews, photos and video clips from films, ordering information. AppLit Bibliography on Davenport films. "A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites." Managed by Tom Davenport (director), Mimi Davenport, and Steve Knoblock. A number of Davenport's films about Appalachian folk culture are available here.

The Griffin and the Minor Canon
– West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Every aspect of this animated version of Frank R. Stockton’s "The Griffin and the Minor Canon" has a West Virginia connection. The setting is western Virginia in the 1850s; one specific setting is Seneca Rock, West Virginia.Most of the actors/voices are West Virginia residents or natives, including David Shelby (The Griffin), Chris Sarandon (The Minor Canon), Kathy Mattea (Mother), and Don Knotts and Soupy Sales (Messengers).The film was co-produced by Mary Lucille DeBerry and Brad Stalnaker, who also animated the film.The following Teacher Guides are available: O VERVIEW: A Creative Guide to Reading and Viewing Frank R. Stockton's Story "The Griffin and the Minor Canon" Especially for Teachers of Grades 7-12 with suggestions for choosing applicable materials for specific classes. AUTHOR: To Illuminate the Author's Creativity Insight into the life of Frank R. Stockton. STORY: To Delve into the Story To Better Understand "The Griffin and the Minor Canon." ANIMATION: To See the Music and Hear the Colors The Animation Process and What is InvolvedTEAMWORK: To Make the Griffin Fly Who Helped Bring "The Griffin and the Minor Canon" to Television. EXTRA INFORMATION: To Provide More InsightIGOs and Process Skills, Time Line, The Original Story, The Script, Bibliography and Credits.

Useful information on 2001 film about ballad collecting.  See also (Keyword: Songcatcher)

Stranger With A Camera
. "
In 1967 Eastern Kentucky, Hobart Ison shot and killed Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor who was documenting conditions of poverty in Appalachian. Elizabeth Barret’s Stranger With A Camera revisits this tragedy to explore the complex relationship between filmmakers and the communities they portray." Site includes information for ordering the video Stranger With A Camera.

Thousand Kites. An Appalshop project, "a community-based performance, web, video and radio project centered on the United States prison system." See also Facebook page.

West Virginia Film Maker: An Independent Link to Mountain State Filmmaking
. Contents contain Resource Guide, Locations, Filmmaker Tools and Industry Links.

West Virginia Film Makers Film Festival
. Winning Festival Films, background information on the first festival, local history, links to sponsors, links to information on film such as The Griffin and the Minor Canon, The Night of the Hunter, Invasion of the Space Preachers, etc.



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