The Southern Appalachian Archives

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The Southern Appalachian Archives is a rich storehouse of manuscripts and collections that document regional history and culture. Notable among the treasures held in the Southern Appalachian Archives are:

Other special collections include:

  • the Southern Appalachian Photographic Archives;
  • the Gertrude M. Ruskin Collection of Cherokee Indian artifacts and materials;
  • the Evelyn Underwood Collection of important Madison County early documents, photographs, and oral histories;
  • and the university archives, including papers and photographs relating to the history of Mars Hill University. Interviews about the history of the school can be found through the Memories Collection website.

In addition to the non-circulating special collections, other Appalachian-related materials can be accessed through the Renfro Library catalog and are available for circulation. More information about the archives can be found on the Southern Appalachian Archives website.

An endowment in support of the Ramsey Center’s Southern Appalachian Archives has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities :  Exploring the human endeavor.

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