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Appalachia (Special Collections): History

This guide will direct you to resources in Special Collections on topics related to the Appalachian region.

Manuscript Resources

Carson and Alberta Brewer Papers, Bulk 1960-1970, MS.2825

This collection contains the research materials and drafts for Valley So Wild: A Folk History by Alberta and Carson Brewer

Turnley Collection, 1763-1920, MS.2023
The Turnley Collection contains papers about early East Tennessee history, daily and business lives of early Tennessee settlers, and Turnley family history.

Fink and Dulaney Papers, 1779-1932, MS.2018
This collection of materials documents East Tennessee history, and includes the personal papers of early settlers J.F. Deaderick, A.A. Taylor and William Bean.

Sarah Hinkle Research Regarding Eastern Kentucky Feuds, 2004, MS.2004
Hinkle writes in her anthropology honors thesis about the historical, social and cultural context of three feuds occurring in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky between 1868 and 1900, and the sensationalist “yellow journalism” that she argued fostered the Appalachian feuding family stereotype.

Smoky Mountain Railroad Collection, 1909-1963, (MS.0424)

The Smoky Mountain Railroad Collection includes correspondence, financial records, bank statements, payroll reports, agents' reports and profit and loss statements. There are also two ledgers for 1909-1912 and 1925; a record book for 1926; and a cash book for 1944-1945.

Rare Books

Sepia toned photograph of a fence with the smoky mountains in the background and trees.
View of Miller's Cove. Photograph from the William Cox Cochran Photograph Collection.

Appalachia; the mountains, the place, and the people. 1972 (F106.T57)

Better I Stay. 1975 (F442.1.C45)

The rugged southern Appalachia: early settlement, early feuds, strikes, drugs, poverty, schools, beauty, 1700-present. 1997 (F217.A65 M69 1997)

The Southern Appalachians: a history of the landscape. 1999 (F217.A65 Y37 1999)

Special Collections and University Archives

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