Appalachian Collection

The Appalachian Collection contains manuscripts and other primary materials that document the history and culture of Southwest Virginia and Appalachia. Collections include the Highland Summer Conference Collection and the Virginia, Iron, Coal and Coke Company Collection . In addition to these collections, McConnell Library has an extensive collection of books, CDs, video recordings, journals, and other materials related to regional history, coal mining and labor unions, environmental action, and Appalachian literature.    

Claytor Lake

Photograph of a dam from the Rudolph and Theda Farmer Photograph Collection.

Appalachian Collections Finding Aids

What are finding aids?    

Finding aids are used by researchers to determine whether materials within a collection may be relevant to their research. While not exhaustive, finding aids help researchers identify the particular boxes or folders that may hold items of interest.

In the course of daily life, individuals, families, organizations, and businesses create and keep information about their activities. When such records are no longer needed on a day-to-day basis, a portion judged to possess enduring historical value may be preserved and maintained as archival collections. Archival records take many forms, including correspondence, diaries, financial and legal documents, photographs, and sound recordings. Archival materials may also include maps, scientific data, artifacts, and electronic records such as emails or databases.

Prepared by archival staff, finding aids provide a history of the person or organization that produced the collection, an overview of the collection, and a detailed list of the collection's contents.    

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