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Appalachian History: Manuscripts and Archives

A guide to primary sources for the history of Appalachian region.

Manuscript and Archival Collections in Special Collections

Manuscript Collections in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection

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The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection contains over 400 publicly available manuscript collections with subjects ranging from 19th century land speculation to general store records. Manuscript collection subjects are also searchable within the Library catalog.


Archival Collections in the University Archives

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The archives of Appalachian State University record our local history of higher education in Appalachia.  Finding aids for the collection are available through the above link "Browse List of Collections."


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WorldCat is universal in subject scope and includes records for over 95 million items held in thousands of libraries throughout the United States and Europe.  Includes manuscript and archival collections.

Regional Appalachian Archives

North Carolina

Asheville, NC

Special Collections & University Archives, University of North Carolina, Asheville

Western Regional Archives, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources


Chapel Hill, NC

Wilson Library. Includes Southern Historical Collection, North Carolina Collection, and Southern Folklife Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Cullowhee, NC

Special and Digital Collections, Western Carolina University


Mars Hill, NC

Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill College


Other Appalachian States


Johnson City, TN

Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University



Knoxville, TN


Special Collections, University of Tennessee



Berea, KY

Special Collections & Archives, Berea College


Lexington, KY

Special Collections, University of Kentucky


Morgantown, WV

Appalachian Collection, West Virginia University

West Virginia and Regional History Collection and Special Collections, West Virginia University


Blacksburg, VA

Special Collections, Virginia Tech


Radford, VA

Archives and Special Collections, Radford University