Southern Appalachian Archives
Backstory and Context
The Southern Appalachian Center at Mars Hill University was established in 1974 for the social and cultural preservation and renewal of the region. The Center was to give the people of the region and understanding or basis to construct the future. One function of the Appalachian Center was to collect and archive materials from the region to help establish the basis for a better future. In 1974 the Center was staffed with historians and scientist to work together in preserving the materials taken in by the archives. The archives would separate the materials into different section, some of these sections being the Southern Appalachian Oral History Program, the Southern Appalachian Photograph History, and the Mountain Music Archives.
Each of these sections was housed in the Appalachian Room of the Center which was located at the time in the Memorial library. Now the archive is a part of the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies and located in Renfro Library. This room is full of textbooks and other materials that the students and their professors can use to access the history of Appalachia. The Southern Appalachian Archives and the Appalachian Room are available to the community as well as the college residents.