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The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center houses a variety of resources that are available not only to students, faculty and staff, but to the general public.


The Center has a growing collection of over 800 books; most concentrate on Appalachian literature and folklore, including novels, short stories, essays, poetry, stories and legends, and children’s literature. Most of the titles are available for checkout.


The Center subscribes to over 40 periodicals dealing with Appalachia, including academic journals, special interest publications, local publications and organizational newsletters.  Back issues are available for checkout.

Folklife Archives

One of the Center's unique collections is the Folklife Archives Collection, which consists of over 500 student folklife projects dating back to 1981. These projects were completed in English 446, Appalachian Folklore, taught by Ricky Cox, and English 648, Studies in Appalachian Folk Culture, taught by Dr. Grace Toney Edwards. Most of the folklore projects have been photocopied, and the copies are available for check-out.

Main Archives

The Center also houses an archived collection of over 800 projects, pamphlets and essays that we refer to as our Main Archives. Many of these projects are from classes that deal with Appalachian Studies. These projects are indexed by title and subject, and are available for research in the center.

Audio Recordings

The Center has a growing collection of over 250 audio cassettes, record albums, and CDs that contain examples of many types of Appalachian music, including bluegrass, old time, folk, country, and Scottish and Irish music. Some recordings are available for checkout.


The Center has a collection of over 500 video cassettes and DVDs ranging from documentaries to musical and dramatic performances to movies and television broadcasts. We also have a variety of videos of courses, lectures, and events that have been sponsored through programs that operate out of the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center. The Center houses a screening room where researchers may watch videos. Many are also available for checkout.