Appalachian Collections

Click images to view Subject Guides of our Appalachian Collections


The Archives has over 800 collections. The diaries, letters, legal papers, business records, scrapbooks, maps, and memorabilia that make up these collections document all aspects of life in Appalachia. This link will take you to a sampling of topics.



The Archives photographic collections reflect the fullness of life in Appalachia. With over 250,000 images, our holdings span the 19th and 20th centuries. This link will take you to a sampling of our visual resources.

Banjo Player


The Archives houses nearly 85,000 sound recordings. This link will take you to a guide of our major sound collections. You will also find a link to iTunes U, where you can hear a selection of traditional ballads, mountain songs, country tunes, folk tales, and much more.