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Appalachian Studies Guide

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You can browse Rentschler Library’s collection of Appalachian materials by clicking the button below. Once in the library’s catalog, you can also limit your search by clicking “General Topic” from the left column of the page. This will let you sort your search results by “Social Life & Customs”, “Social Conditions”, “Economic Conditions”, etc.

Selected Websites for Appalachian Studies

Appalachian Studies at Miami University Hamilton: A curriculum dedicated to understanding and sharing the history, culture and continuing influence of Appalachian immigration in our communities and our region.

Appalachian Studies Association: Resources for teaching and learning Appalachian studies, syllabi, K-12 educational resources, bibliographies and more.

Digital Library of Appalachia : Online access to archival and historical materials related to the culture of the southern and central Appalachian region. The contents of the DLA are drawn from special collections of Appalachian College Association member libraries.

Appalachian Studies Bibliography, from West Virginia University: An extensive list of resources arranged by subject.

Folkstreams: Appalachian Library A National Preserve of Documentary Films about American Roots Cultures streamed with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites.

Rentschler Library Appalachian Bibliography

Art & Photography | Appalachian People | Appalachia as Place | Bibliography and Reference | Children’s Books | Environment/Ecology | Fiction & Poetry | Folklore/Folklife | History | Memoir/Biography | Social History/Living Conditions | Urban Appalachians & Migration | Documentary Films


Art and Photography

A Day Before Yesterday: Appalachia. Photographs by Kenneth Murray. Johnson City, Tenn.: Center For Appalachian Studies and Services, 2008. F217.A65 M87 2008

Appalachian Lives. Adams, Shelby Lee. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2003. F217.A65 A25 2003

Historic Photos of Appalachia / Text and Captions by O’Donnell, Kevin E. Nashville, Tenn.: Turner Pub. Co., 2009. F106 .O26 2009

On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: the Appalachian Farm in Photographs. Barnwell, Tim. New York: Norton, 2007. F217.A65B385 2007


Appalachian People

Appalachians and Race: the Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation. Inscoe, John (ed.) Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. E185.912 .A67 2001

Hillbillyland: What the Movies did to the Mountains and What the Mountains did to the Movies. J. W. Williamson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995. PN1995.9.M67W54 1995

Yesterday’s People; Life in Contemporary Appalachia. Weller, Jack E. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1965. F210 .W43


Appalachia as a Place

The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier. Evans, Mari-Lynn, George-Warren, Holly and Santelli, Robert. New York: Random House, 2004. F106 .A59 2004

High Mountains Rising: Appalachia in Time and Place. Straw, Richard Alan and Blethen, Tyler. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. F106.H46 2004

Bibliography & Reference

The Bibliography of Appalachia: More Than 4,700 Books, Articles, Monographs and Dissertations, Topically Arranged and Indexed. John R. Burch. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. F106 .B87 2009

Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Abramson, Rudy and Haskell, Jean. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. F106 .E53 2006


Children’s Books

Appalachian ABCs. Francie Hall. Kent Oehm. Johnson City, TN: The Overmountain Press, 1998. F106 .H18 1998.

An Appalachian Mother Goose. James Still and Paul Brett Johnson. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1998. PZ8.3.S858Ap 1998

Fearless Jack. Adapted and illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2001. PZ8.1.J635 Fe 2001

Jack and the Animals: an Appalachian Folktale. Donald Davis and Kitty Harvill. Little Rock: August House LittleFolk, 1995. PZ8.1.D289Jaf 1995

The Old Woman and Her Pig: an Appalachian Folktale. Margaret Read MacDonald and John Kanzler. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. PZ8.1.M15924Old 2007

Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story. Cynthia Rylant and Chris K. Soentpiet. New York: Orchard Books, 1997. PZ7.R982Si 1997


Environment and Ecology

Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining. Stewart Burns, et al (eds.) San Francisco: Sierra Club Books; [Berkeley, Calif.]: Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2009. TD195.C58 C614 2009

A Land Imperiled: the Declining Health of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion. Nolt, John. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005. GE 155 .A58 N65 2005

Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia. Reece, Erik. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006. TD195 .S75R43 2006

Mountain Nature: a Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachian. Frick-Ruppert, Jennifer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. QH104.5.A6 F75 2010

Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountain Top Removal. Silas House. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 2009. TD195.C58 H68 2009

The Tectonics of the Appalachians. Rodgers, John. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1970. QE78.3 .R63

Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont: a Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, & Georgia. Spira, Timothy Spira. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. QK122.3 .S65 2011


Fiction & Poetry

Appalachian Patterns. Ball, Bo. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2002. PS3552 .A4544A87 2002

Bastard out of Carolina. Allison, Dorothy. New York, N.Y: Plume, 2005. PS3551.L453 B37 2005

Black Mountain Breakdown. Lee Smith. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. PS3569.M5376 B5 1996

Catalooche: A Novel. Wayne Caldwell. New York: Random House, 2008. PS3603.A438 C38 2008

Clay’s Quilt. Silas House. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002. PS3558.O8659 C58 2002

The Coal Tattoo: A Novel. House, Silas. New York: Ballantine Books, 2005. PS3558.O8659 C63 2005

Fair and Tender Ladies. Lee Smith. Ballantine reader’s circle. New York: Ballantine, 2003. PS3569.M5376 F28 2003

Gap Creek: A Novel. Robert Morgan. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2000. PS3563.O87147 G36 2000b

Ghost Stories of the Appalachians. Susan Smitten. [Edmonton]: Lone Pine Pub. International, 2009. GR580 .S676 2009

Icy Sparks. Rubio, Gwyn Hyman. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Penguin Books, 1999. PS3568 .U295I25 1999

Kinfolks: the Wilgus Stories. Norman, Gurney. Frankfort, Ky.: Gnomon, 1977. PS3564.O57 K55 1977

Nancy Culpepper: Stories. Mason, Bobbie Ann. New York: Random House, 2006. PS3563 .A7877 N36 2006

Oral History: A Novel. Lee Smith. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003. PS3569.M5376 O7 2003

A Parchment of Leaves: House, Silas. New York : Ballantine Books, 2003. PS3558.O8659 P37 2003b

Prodigal Summer: A Novel. Kingsolver, Barbara. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000. PS3561 .I496P76 2000

Trail of the Lonesome Pine. Fox, Jr. John. Champaign, IL : Book Jungle, 2008. PS1702 .T7 2008.


Folklore and Folklife

Appalachian Christmas Stories. Gifford, James M., Nance, Owen B. and Hall, Patricia A. Ashland, Ky.: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1997. PS554 .A67 1997

Appalachian Images in Folk and Popular Culture. McNeil, W. K. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995. F217.A65A656 1995

Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia. Cavender, Anthony P. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. GR108.15.C38 2003

The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book: Faith, Family, and the Land. Cheek, Angie, Nix, Lacy Hunter and Foxfire Fund. New York: Anchor Books, 2006. F292 .R3F713 2006

Highland Handcrafters: Appalachian Craftspeople. Joslin, Michael. Boone, N.C.: Parkway Publishers, 2005. TT23.2 .J67 2005

Mountain Mysteries: Investigating the Mystic Traditions of Appalachia. Thacker Jr., Larry D. Johnson City, Tenn.: Overmountain Press, 2007. GR108.15 .T43 2007

Witches, Ghosts, and Signs: Folklore of the Southern Appalachians. Gainer, Patrick. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2008. GR110.W4 W57 2008



Appalachia: A History. Williams, John Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. F106 .W68 2002

The Appalachian Frontier: America’s First Surge Westward. John Anthony Caruso. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003. F396.C32 2003

A History of Appalachia Richard B. Drake. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. F106.D73 2001

An Oral History of Southern Appalachia. Laurence French. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. F217.A65 F74 2008

Race, War, and Remembrance in the Appalachian South. Inscoe, John C. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 2009, c2008. F217.A65 I57 2009

Two Continents, One Culture: the Scotch-Irish in Southern Appalachia. Elizabeth Hirschman, Stephen Brown, Pauline Maclaren [sic]. Johnson City, Tenn.; Overmountain Press, 2006. F220 .S4 H57 2006

Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945. Ron Eller. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008. HN79.A127 E55 2008

United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America. Jeff Biggers. F217 .A65 B54 2006


Personal Memoirs, Biographies

Appalachia: As I Remember it. Smith, Arnold R. Tuscon, Ariz.: Hats Off Books, 2001. PS3569 .M46A67 2001

An Appalachian Farmer’s Story: Portrait of an Extraordinary Common Man. Diane Asseo Griliches and Roy Anderson. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007. F217.A65G755 2007

Appalachia Inside Out. Higgs, Robert J., Manning, Ambrose N. and Miller, Jim Wayne. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1995. PS554 .A65 1995

At Home in the Heart of Appalachia. O’Brien, John. New York: Anchor Books, 2002. CT275 .O24A3 2001

Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers. Dyer, Joyce. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1998. PS286 .A6B57 1998

Gathering up Memories: a Collection of Appalachian Stories. Cooper, Ann Goode. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers, 2003. F232.S3C66 2003

The Good Old Days: Surviving Appalachia. Baker, Andy. Pittsburgh, Penn.: Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.; 2004. F457.O98 B25 2004

Minstrel of the Appalachians: The Story of Bascom Lamar Lunsford. Jones, Loyal and Forbes, John M. Boone, N.C.: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1984. ML420 .L935J6 1984

My Appalachia: a Memoir. Farr, Sidney Saylor. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007. F217 .A65 F37 2007.

Our Appalachia (the Appalachian Oral History Project). Shackelford, Laurel, and Bill Weinberg (eds.) Photos by Donald Anderson. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977. F 217 .A65 O97 1977

Past Titan Rock: Journeys into an Appalachian Valley. High, Ellesa Clay. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 1984. F457 .R4H54 1984

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia. Covington, Dennis. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995. BX7990 .H6C68 1995

Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia: the Cratis Williams Chronicles. Wiliams, Cratis. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2003. CT275 .W5652 A3 2003.


Social History, Living Conditions

Appalachia: Social Context Past and Present. Obermiller, Phillip J. and Maloney, Michael E. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Pub. Co., 2007. HN79 .A13A788 2007

Appalachian Values. Jones, Loyal and Brunner, Warren E. Ashland, Ky.: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1994. F217.A65J66 1994

Appalachians and Race: the Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation. John C. Inscoe. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2001. E185.912.A67 2001

Back Talk from Appalachia: Confronting Stereotypes. Billings, Dwight B., Norman, Gurney and Ledford, Katherine. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. F210 .C66 2001

The Battle of Blair Mountain: the Story of America’s Largest Labor Uprising. Shogan, Robert. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2004. HD5325.M615 S49 2004

Christianity in Appalachia: Profiles in Regional Pluralism. Bill Leonard. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1999. BR535.C45 1999

Daughters of the Mountain: Women Coal Miners in Central Appalachia, Tallichet, Suzanne. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006. HD6073 .M62 U68 2006

A Darkness at Dawn: Appalachian Kentucky and the Future. Caudill, Harry M. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2009, 1976. HC107.K4 C27 2009

Mountain Sisters: From Convent to Community in Appalachia. Lewis, Helen M.; Appleby, Monica.; foreword by Rosemary Radford Ruether. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, 2003. BV4420 .L48 2003

Moving mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal. Loeb, Penny. University Press of Kentucky, 2007. KF228. B733 L64 2007

Night Comes to the Cumberlands, a Biography of a Depressed Area. Caudill, Harry M. Boston: Little, Brown, 1963. HC107.K4C3 2001

Old Time Religion in the Southern Appalachians. Morgan, Larry G. Boone, N.C.: Parkway Publishers, 2005. BR 555 .N782 M236 2005.

Red, White, Black and Blue: a Dual Memoir of Race and Class in Appalachia. Drennen, William M., Jones, William T. (Kojo), edited by Dolores M. Johnson. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2004. F294 .C4 D74 2004

Something’s rising: Appalachians fighting mountaintop removal. House, Sials and Howard, Jason. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, c2009. TD195.C58H68 2009

To Move a Mountain: Fighting the Global Economy in Appalachia. Weinbaum, Eva S. New York: New Press: Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2004. HD5708.55 .U62 A558 2004


Urban Appalachians/Appalachian Migration

From Mountain to Metropolis: Appalachian Migrants in American Cities. Borman, Kathryn M. and Obermiller, Phillip J. Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey, 1994. F217 .A65F76 1994

Appalachian Migrants in Urban America: Cultural Conflict Or Ethnic Group Formation? Philliber, William W. New York, N.Y.: Praeger Publishers, 1981. F499 .C59M836

Valuing our Past, Creating our Future: the Founding of the Urban Appalachian Council. Thomas E. Wagner and Phillip J. Obermiller. Berea, KY: Berea College Press, 1999. HV4046.C38W34 1999


Documentary Films

Appalachians: The Silent Minority. Dayton, OH: Greater Dayton Public Television, 1996. F210 .A661 1996

Appalachia: a history of mountains and People. a film series by Jamie Ross, Ross Spears, Paul Wagner, et al. 4 DVDs. Riverdale, MD: Agee Films, 2009. F217.A65R67 2009

Coal Black voices: a documentary. Covington, Ky: Media Working Group, 2001. PS591.N4 .C63 2001

Cratis Williams: Living the Divided Life. Johnson, Fred, Williams, Cratis D., Donohue, Jean and Media Working Group. Covington, Ky.: Media Working Group, 1999. F217 .A65 .C73 1999

Mountain Shadow: Four Appalachian Artists. Weil, Dorothy, Goetzman, Jane, Sletten, Greg, et al. Cincinnati, Ohio: TV Image, 1997. F217 .A65 M66 1997

The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia. produced by Nick de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal; directed by Jennifer Baichwal. New York: Docurama: Distributed by New Video Group, 2003. F217.A65 T78 2003


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