Special Collections, located on the first floor in Hodges Library, preserves and provides access to rare and unique materials that support instruction and research at the University of Tennessee. Available formats include rare books, manuscripts, letters, diaries, photographs, and digital collections. This research guide identifies special collections materials related to the history and culture of the Appalachian region.
The guide is not a comprehensive list but, instead, an introduction to prominent topics and themes available in our collections. To find more materials on a specific topic:
Use the following to locate general information and resources related to the Appalachian region and its history.
There are several search terms to use when looking for materials, for example: Appalachia, Appalachian, culture, customs, handicraft, mountain people, mountain life, Southern Appalachia. Although some of the terminology included is outdated and no longer used in archival practice, the historic usage of specific terms can help researchers to identify contemporaneous materials. Combining some terms can help return more relevant results.
The Special Collections online finding aids are indexed using Library of Congress headings. Some relevant headings include:
Appalachian Region -- History
Appalachian Region -- Social conditions
Appalachian Region, Southern
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Religion
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Social life and customs
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Women
Cooking, American -- Appalachian Region
Folklore -- Appalachian Region
Folklore -- Great Smoky Mountains (N.C. and Tenn.)
Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern
Handicraft -- Tennessee
Appalachia: a reference book. 1979 (HC107.A13 A889 1979)
Encyclopedia of Appalachia. 2006 (Hodges Reference F106.E53 2006)