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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, and Christopher Leadingham, Office Manager, can be reached via email at mthomas@marshall.edu and leadingham6@marshall.edu, respectively.

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
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    Huntington, WV 25755

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Appalink, the Official Newsletter of the Appalachian Studies Association

Appalink is a newsletter published twice a year by the Appalachian Studies Association to keep members up-to-date on news regarding the association itself as well as the annual Appalachian Studies Conference. ASA members may submit announcements for the newsletter to Mary Thomas, ASA Executive Director, at mthomas@marshall.edu. Most issues of the newsletter include a message from the current ASA President on issues ranging from volunteer opportunities to environmental issues. Each year Conference information is published in Appalink including the location and theme of the conference. A subscription to Appalink is included in Association and Conference memberships at no additional charge. Individuals and organizations may purchase advertisements in the newsletter by contacting the managing editor.


The newsletter has been around since the beginning, and has been called “Appalink” since the second issue. The first is an account of the founding meeting of the Appalachian Studies Conference. Throughout the years, Appalink has changed in layout, content, and length, but it still continues to bring news of the Association to its membership twice each year.

Appalink Editor: Eryn Roles (roles1@marshall.edu)
Managing Editor: Mary K. Thomas (mthomas@marshall.edu)

Previous Editors of Appalink:

 1978: Sharon Lord (University of Tennessee)
 1979-1980: Anne Campbell (University of Kentucky)
 1981-1983: James M. Gifford (Morehead State University)
 1984-1986:Richard Blaustein (East Tennessee State University)
 1987-1988: Carl A. Ross (Appalachian State University)
 1989-1990: Sallie Miller Weaver (Appalachian State University)
 1991-1993: John Inscoe (University of Georgia)
 1993-1995: Sandra Ballard (Carson-Newman College)
 1995-1998: Danny Miller (Northern Kentucky University)
 1999-2001: William (Bill) Klaus (West Virginia University)
 2002-2004: Linda Spatig (Marshall University)
 2004-2008: Mary Jo Graham (Marshall University)
 2008-2009: Kevin Barksdale (Marshall University)
 2009-2011: Mary Jo Graham (Marshall University)

Past Issues of Appalink

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Volume 1
No.1, Jan. 1978

Volume 2

No.1, Sept. 1978
No.2, Jan. 1979

Volume 3

No.1, May 1979
No.2, Sept. 1979
No.3, Feb. 1980

Volume 4

No.1, May 1980
No.2, Sept. 1980
No.3, Feb. 1981

Volume 5

No.1, May 1981
No.2, Sept. 1981
No.3, Feb. 1982

Volume 6

No.1, May 1982
No.2, Sept. 1982
No.3, Feb. 1983

Volume 7

No.1, Sept. 1983
No.2, Feb. 1984
No.3, May 1984
No.4, Sept. 1984

Volume 8

No.1, Feb. 1985

Volume 9

No.1, June 1985
No.2, Sept. 1985

Volume 10

No.1, Feb. 1986

Volume 11

No.1, June 1986
No.2, Fall 1986
No.3, Spring 1987

Volume 12

No.1, Summer 1987
No.2, Fall 1987
No.3, Winter 1988
No.4, Summer 1988
No.5, Fall 1988
No.6, Winter 1989

Volume 13

No.1, Summer 1989
No.2, Fall 1989
No.3, Winter 1990

Volume 14

No.1, Summer 1990
No.2, Fall 1990
No.3, Winter 1991

Volume 15

No.1, Summer 1991
No.2, Fall 1991
No.3, Winter 1992

Volume 16

No.1, Summer 1992
No.2, Fall 1992
No.3, Winter 1993

Volume 17

No.1, Summer 1993
No.2, Fall 1993
No.3, Spring 1994

Volume 18

No.1, Summer 1994
No.2, Fall 1994
No.3, Winter 1995

Volume 19

No.1 Summer 1995
No.2 Spring 1996

Volume 20

No.1, Summer 1996
No.2, Fall 1996
No.3, Spring 1997

Volume 21

No.1, Summer 1997
No.2, Fall 1997
No.3, Spring 1998

Volume 22

No.1, Summer 1998
No.2, Spring 1999

Volume 23

No.1, Fall 1999
No.2, Spring 2000

Volume 24

No.1, Fall 2000
No.2, Spring 2001

Volume 25

No.1, Fall 2001
No.2, Spring 2002

Volume 26

No.1, Fall 2002
No.2, Spring 2003

Volume 27

No.1, Fall 2003
No.2, Spring 2004

Volume 28

No.1, Fall 2004
No.2, Spring 2005

Volume 29

No.1, Fall 2005
No.2, Spring 2006

Volume 30

No.1, Fall 2006
No.2, Spring 2007

Volume 31

No.1, Fall 2007
No.2, Spring 2008

Volume 32

No.1, Fall 2008
No.2, Spring 2009

Volume 33

No.1, Fall 2009
No.2, Spring 2010

Volume 34

No.1, Fall 2010
No.2, Spring 2011

Volume 35

No.1, Fall 2011
No.2, Spring 2012

Volume 36

No.1, Fall 2012
No.2, Spring 2013

Volume 37

No.1, Fall 2013
No.2, Spring 2014

Volume 38

No.1, Fall 2014
No.2, Spring 2015

Volume 39

No.1, Fall 2015
No.2, Spring 2016