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This collection consists of Appalachian Consortium Press publications and is provided to you by Appalachian State University Libraries. The Appalachian Consortium Press was founded in 1973 – the first publisher devoted to Appalachia. The Press published scholarly books and reference materials, including the first contemporary and comprehensive bibliography of the region, oral histories, environmental studies, and poetry. Appalachian State University a state regional comprehensive university and ...



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Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Charlotte Ross
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This monograph represents a massive effort to assemble printed works of regional materials held by Appalachian Consortium members at various institutions in the Appalachia region. The five libraries contributing to the effort formed a committee to formalize and catalogue their research which resulted in the 13,000 entry bibliographic compendium which had grown from a small, local record of several hundred entries. The material has been selectively annotated by Charlotte T. Ross as well as cross...
Topics: Appalachia, bibliography, books, film, video, collection
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Barry Buxton
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History of the popular historic and tourist attraction of Blowing Rock NC. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: History, Blowing Rock, Blowing Rock, Moravian, Amerindian, illustrated
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
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A Definitive History of WNC.
Topics: Western North Carolina, history, Appalachian history
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Ted Mitchell
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The first novelist from North Carolina to become an influential voice in American literature, Thomas Wolfe was an imaginative and persuasive fictional writer. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, Thomas Wolfe is best known for his vivid portrayal of life in the mountains during the twentieth century. Published in 1999,  Thomas Wolfe: A Writer’s Life  explores Wolfe’s life and career spanning from 1900 until his early death in 1938. The author, Ted Mitchell, was a historic site...
Topics: Thomas Wolfe, biography, Asheville, North Carolina
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by William Gannaway Brownlow, Steve Humphrey
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Written in Robert Leeper’s student days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at Columbia University,  The Brindle Mule  is a book of stories and poems emphasizing a childhood spent in the mountain country of Western North Carolina. Leeper grew up near Alexander County where his father was a physician and highly involved in the local community. Inspired by the cultural heritage of the region, Leeper decided to write down the stories and poems he heard gathered around...
Topics: Brownlow, William Gannaway, --1805-1877, Tennessee History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
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The culmination of more than sixty years of observing and collecting superstitions, customs, cures, riddles, games, stories, songs, and beliefs  Paul Green’s Wordbook: An Alphabet of Reminiscence was published in 1990.  A personal collection of folk traditions, Paul Green thought that these common idioms served to showcase the heritage of mankind. With roots in eastern North Carolina, Green took inspiration from his peers to write down the traditions of his home state in 1600 pages. The...
Topics: Dictionary, language, reference, Mountain slang
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Nellie McNeil, Joyce Squibb (editors)
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This anthology of Appalachian literature is designed for high school students, containing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, ballads, and examples of mountain speech and song. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Appalachia, literature, community, family, literature, essays, lesson plans
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium, Ronald L. Lewis
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Southerners, Jonathan Daniels once observed, are a "mythical people created half out of a dream and half out of slander, who live in a still legendary land". If this description is applicable to the south in general, how much more applicable is it to southern Appalachia. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium Press, Barry Buxton
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The papers gathered here reflect the diversity of disciplines, perspectives and concerns that makeup Appalachian Studies, a community of scholarship of rather recent origin. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium Press, Sam Gray
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In March of 1978 the first Appalachian Studies conference was held at Berea, Kentucky. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
Through text and photographs, Donald Saunders explores the history of the Rumple Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock, NC, as well as its members from the Blowing Rock community. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Blowing Rock, church, Presbyterian, history, NC, Presbyterian, history, religion
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Ina Van Noppen, John J. Van Noppen
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No region has undergone more dramatic changes in the last century than Western North Carolina. Published in 1973,  Western North Carolina Since the Civil War  takes a look at the mountain people and their uniquely structured economic, political, social, and cultural systems. The Van Noppens specifically explore the different qualities of the mountain people such as their institutions, traditions, customs, and arts and crafts. Beginning with a dark period of social and economic disintegration...
Topics: North Carolina, history, History, 1865
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Helen Lewis, Linda Johnson, Donald Askins
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Colonialism in Modern America  is a series of essays exploring the economic and social problems of the region within the context of colonialism. It is a relatively simple task to document the social ills and the environmental ravage that beset the people and land of Appalachia. However, it is far more difficult and problematic to uncover the causes of these tragic conditions. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Economics, Social Systems, Appalachia, Colonialism, history
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium/ Lewis, Ronald L.
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A collection of essays exploring the industrialization of the Appalachians and the effect on the economy. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
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This biography explores the life of James G. K. McClure, Jr., and his vision for a better life in the mountains of North Carolina. At his prompting, and under his leadership, The Farmers Federation was founded in Fairview, North Carolina, in 1920. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Missionary, farmer, Farmer, History, Biography
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by William Baker Clyde
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A Catalog of Historical Objects Related to the Battle of King's Mountain.
Topics: Battle of King's Mountain, history, Revolutionary War
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium, Lanier Parks, Jr.
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This volume of the  Journal of Appalachian Studies Association  includes contributions by Parks Lanier, Jr.; Marilou Awiakta; C. Clifford Boyd, Jr.; Ricky L. Cox; Betty Smith; James E. Byer; Edgar H. Thompson; Teresa Wheeling; Paul J. Weingartner, Dwight Billings, and Kathleen M. Blee; Nelda Knelson Daley; Roberta McKenzie; Barry Elledge; Benita J. Howell; Rodger Cunningham; Laurie Lindberg; and Clyde H. Ray. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies, southern, customs
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Mark Dawidziak
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Published in 1982,  The Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible  tells the colorful history of a remarkable American cultural institution. Opened by native Virginian Robert Porterfield in 1933, the Barter Theatre offered the people of Abingdon, Virginia, and the surrounding area entertainment and a much-needed escape from their Depression-era working lives. It became the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946 and it is where the likes of Gregory Peck, Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty,...
Topics: History, Abingdon, theater, theater
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium, Elizabeth C. Fine
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Taken together, these fifteen essays represent the interdisciplinary nature of Appalachian Studies and the broad range of interests within the Appalachian Studies Association. They also represent a maturing of the field that is engaging itself in a critique not only of the political forces affecting the region, but of its own role as political and cultural agent. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Wilson Somerville
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A collection of some of the more important papers presented at the third annual Appalachian Studies conference. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
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by David Gaynes
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The many individuals and the eleven institutions responsible for this exhibition have agreed that no introduction is necessary or would be provided. We hope that each person that views the exhibit will be able to use the basic descriptions provided with each item to create their own interpretation.
Topics: Artists, artisans, Appalachia, Appalachia, art collection
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
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Written in Robert Leeper’s student days at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at Columbia University,  The Brindle Mule  is a book of stories and poems emphasizing a childhood spent in the mountain country of Western North Carolina. Leeper grew up near Alexander County where his father was a physician and highly involved in the local community. Inspired by the cultural heritage of the region, Leeper decided to write down the stories and poems he heard gathered around...
Topics: Mountain life, North Carolina, Brushy Mountains, Literary collections
An almanac of stories on the microcosm of the Appalachian region during a period of transition, this book was published in 1975. Written to showcase the stories and folklore passed on in the mountains, the tales chosen are typical of the nineteenth century. Stories talk about the dependence on water transportation, the excitement of the coming railroad, the self-contained nature of community recreation, and the interdependence and independence of small community’s daily life. In addition to...
Topics: almanacs, mountain culture, folklore, foodways, cooking
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Harley E. Jolley
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A collection of photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway, photographed by William Bake. Descriptions and text by noted Appalachian Historian Harley E. Jolley.  Bake and Jolley explore the history of the Blue Ridge Parkway through photographs.
Topics: Blue Ridge Parkway, history, parkways
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by Appalachian Consortium Press
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Laurel Leaves is a periodical printed quarterly by the Appalachian Studies Association. The periodical features articles by noted Appalachian Studies professionals as well as happenings in the world of Appalachian studies.
Topics: Appalachian, southern, periodical, Appalachia, Appalachian Studies
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Paul Fink
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Paul Fink’s  Bits of Mountain Speech  is a dictionary of “folk speech.” In this work Fink has provided a glossary of terms that are often considered the language of the less educated people of the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. They are sometimes archaic, sometimes quaint, and almost always idiomatic. The language Fink examines is a holdover of earlier times when the Scots, Irish, and Welsh settled the region, therefore many of the pronunciations are...
Topics: Language, Southern idioms, Appalachian folklore
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Appalachian Consortium Press, Jim Lloyd & Anne G. Campbell
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Appalachian Studies conference returns to Berea, Kentucky. The papers in this publication are a sampling of those presented at the Berea meeting. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
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Concerned with the 50% dropout rate for public high school students in the Southern Highlands, Jim Wayne Miller published this book in 1989 to ensure that young people had access to the history, literature, and cultural values that shaped their society in the 1980s. Miller intended to provide public school teachers with the tools to engage students and stimulate meaningful conversations. By bridging the gap between history, literature and the sciences, Miller is able to produce a work that...
Topics: Appalachian, Literature, community values, Appalachian region
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Patricia Beaver and Cratis Williams
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Following his retirement in 1976 from a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Cratis Williams wrote these memoirs of his life odyssey from a log cabin in eastern Kentucky to the upper echelons of American education. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Appalachian State University, educators, teachers college, autobiography, Cratis D. Williams
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by Appalachian Consortium Press
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Academic quarterly distribution, the Consortium News reported on the news within the partner institutions within the Appalachian Consortium Press.
Topics: periodical, Appalachia, Appalachia
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by John F. West
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In the summer of 1974, twenty-four year old Anna DeVoss finds herself widowed and alone in the unfamiliar country of the North Carolina mountains. The body of her husband, a navy pilot missing in action for six years, has just been returned home from Vietnam. Following his funeral her mother in law persuades her to spend some time alone at the family’s summer home in Watauga County, North Carolina, in what becomes a summer of discovery for Anna. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Literature, mountain life, Watauga County, Watauga County
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
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The papers included in this publication are a representative sampling of those presented at the conference. Budgetary and editorial considerations precluded the inclusion of many other papers. It is our hope that his volume will contribute to a wider understanding of our region. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies
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Over a period of forty years, Ben Fisher collected stories illustrating the humor of the Southern Highlander. English, Scotch, Welsh, and Irish immigrants to the Appalachian region of North Carolina brought with them a rugged individualism and a sense of humor and dignity which have been characteristic of the sturdy yeoman farmer. Most mountain preachers and many of the old time mountaineers had a real talent for telling stories. While the “tall tale” is a staple of mountain storytelling,...
Topics: Appalachian, mountains, clergy, humor, humor, religion
Appalachian Consortium Press Publications
by Plaut, Thomas
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A regional analysis providing demographic and socio-economic data on 399 counties of the 13 Appalachian states  UNC Press Print on Demand  
Topics: Appalachia, economy, population, demographic, socio-economic, state data
Civilized man has been prone to conjure up a maxim or saying to reflect the prevailing philosophy of the day. Two of those familiar favorites readily apply to the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Harley E. Jolley explores the parkway through the history if its landscape architecture. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Blue Ridge Parkway, landscape architecture, photographs, historical commentary
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Published in 1988, this children’s scrapbook is based on an oral history project conducted by Pauline Cheek. Cheek based her fictional characters, Mrs. Gwen Carter, Eugene, Emma, and Ellie, on her own adventures and those of her three children, Edith, Edwin, and Elizabeth. The scrapbook narrates the culture and heritage of the Southern Highlands and has been a great addition to classrooms since its publication. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Elementary, juvenile literature, Appalachia, children, topical
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by Barbara Hallowell
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The story, as related by Barbara Hallowell, of the Hallowell families years in Western North Carolina. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: autobiography, Hallowell, mountain life, WNC, family
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by Appalachian Consortium, Phillip Obermiller and William Philliber
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Between the 1940s and 1970s the mountains of Appalachia were viewed as a center for economic and employment opportunities. Over three million people chased the American dream to the mountains in search of a better life for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, about a third of these people were forced into a life of long-term underclass dwellers. Struggling with questions of identity, rootlessness, and cultural negation these people were given the name of “urban Appalachians.”...
Topics: multidisciplinary, Appalachian Studies, southern, social, customs
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by Jim Wayne Miller
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Written in conjunction with the Southern Highlands Institutes for Educators (SHIE) in 1984, this report intended to acquaint elementary and secondary teachers with the history and culture of the Appalachian region, and to provide ideas for incorporating these studies into their regular school curriculum. Funded in-part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Miller’s guide synthesized materials and resources on the Appalachian region for teachers. This report updated Miller’s Laurel...
Topics: Reference Guide, Appalachia, Southern Highlands Institute for Educators, NEH
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by Harold F. Warren
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A collection of true stories gathered from the Southern Appalachian people, this book echoes the folkways and values of another era. Published in 1974, the stories collected in  "... A Right Good People"  were originally published in the  Charlotte Observer,  the largest newspaper in the Carolinas in the 1970s. These stories were written with the intention of illustrating the heritage of the Appalachian people and letting them speak about their culture and traditions for...
Topics: Appalachians, people, Appalachian region, Appalachian Region
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by Kate Pickens Day
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A fictional account of an actual family whose Scotch-Irish ancestors immigrated to western North Carolina in the early nineteenth century,  Only When They're Little  is an authentic tale of Kate Pickens Day’s family life near Asheville, North Carolina. Published in 1985, this book combats the stereotype of the impoverished mountain people by presenting a new narrative. A middle class family living in a fictional town near Asheville named “Tarpley,” the book centers on an energetic and...
Topics: Appalachian, fiction
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Paintings by Elizabeth Cramer McClure on the walls of a room in the original inn restored as a home by Mr. and Mrs. G.K. McClure, Fairview, North Carolina.
Topics: Western North Carolina, art
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by Southern Appalachian Regional Conference, Appalachian Consortium Press
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As part of Project Open of the United States Office of Education, the Appalachian Consortium sponsored the Southern Appalachian Regional Conference (May 13-16, 1974) at the Center for Continuing Education at Appalachian State University. UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: economics, environment, Environment
Originally published in 1993, this report is a compilation of a survey evaluating issues with the local environment in the Southern Highlands. The report is based off a five-day teacher institute and a 1988-89 school year assessment. Teachers assisted their students in investigating environmental issues in their home communities, and helped the students share their research results through science fair projects, PTO meetings, or articles in local newspapers. Teachers submitted project reports...
Topics: Student, education, environment, environment, Southern Highlands
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by Buxton, Barry
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Scholarly examination and celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway 50th Anniversary. 
Topics: Blue Ridge Parkway, 50th anniversary, Essays, Compendium
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by Southern Forest Experiment Station, Various Editors
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Description of mountain trout habitat, how it has changed, and what was causing that change.  UNC Press Print on Demand
Topics: Biology, trout, fishing, fisheries, enviroment