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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
Fax: (304) 696-6221
Mailing Address:
    Appalachian Studies Association
    One John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755

40th ASA Annual Conference

EXTREME Appalachia!

March 9-12, 2017

Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, Virginia

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Special Collections

The Appalachian Studies Association website provides resources including Appalachian Studies Bibliographies, Appalachian Studies syllabi, K-12 resources, and more.

The Archives of Appalachia has primary and secondary sources related to a wide range of topics.

Berea College’s Southern Appalachian Archives hosts collections of photos, oral histories, ballads, folk music, and settlement school materials. Social Studies teachers will be especially interested in the online exhibition.

Fairmont State University publishes Hillchild which contains “stories, poetry, drawing, folklore, cartoons, and more;” In the Mountain State, a teacher’s guide for grades 4-8; and related materials about West Virginia.

literary map of West Virginia authors


Morehead State University’s Center for Virtual Appalachia provides links to maps, art, music, literature, religion, and crafts that can be adapted for classroom use.


Ohio University at Zanesville’s Appalachian Treasures Gateway provides links to sites dealing with Appalachian history, culture, physical and social environments, images, and stereotypes.


Radford University’s Appalachian Regional Studies Center provides a listing of teaching resources. Also of interest are the activities of the Radford Appalachian Teachers’ Network. Subscribe to the ATN newsletter


The University of North Carolina’s website, LearnNC, has a variety of Appalachian- related teaching resources for regional history, dialect, Native Americans in the region, quilting, and storytelling.


West Virginia University’s Appalachian Studies Bibliography is one of the oldest and most extensive compilations of information about Appalachia available.

Websites/Interactive Tools

Appalachian Studies Association Website
Source: Appalachian Studies Association
Description: This site provides resources including Appalachian Studies Bibliographies, Appalachian Studies syllabi, K-12 resources, and more.

Appalachia in Film and Television
Author(s): Larry Smith of Bottom Dog Press
Description: This site provides a list of over 40 Appalachian-themed films and TV shows arranged by year, ranging from 1904 to 2009.

Applit
Description: This site provides pages on articles dealing with Appalachia, literature lists, bibliographies, lesson plans, and study guides.
Source: Created by Judy A. Teaford and Tina Hanlon, Ferrum College; Maintained by Tina Hanlon

Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site
Author(s): Carol Otis Hurst and Rebecca Hurst
Description: Describes Appalachian picture books, novels, and folktales.