The collection includes written documentation which specifies project requirements and findings; interview transcriptions, analyses, releases, dub sheets, and biographical information sheets; and audiotapes of interviews. The collection focuses on reminiscences of residents of life in Roan Mountain, traditional music, and folklore.
The collection contains two series: Series 1, Project Requirements and Reports, 1992, and Series 2, American Folklore Class Materials, 1991-92.
Method of Acquisition
Jean H. Speer, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), donated five file folders on the Roan Mountain Project to the Archives of Appalachia on February 23, 1993. Thomas G. Burton, English department, ETSU, donated the audiotapes and three file folders of written documentation to the archives on February 24, 1992. Archives staff originally placed the Speer materials in Accession 251, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services Records, and the Burton materials in Accession 160, Thomas G. Burton Collection, but transferred all materials to the newly-created Roan Mountain Project Collection on October 5, 1993.
Processing of the collection was completed in 1998 by Marie Tedesco.