The Dante History Project Records collection consists of materials gathered as part of a community-based research effort in 1997-1998 to document the history of Dante, Va. Among the material types contained in the collection are oral history interview recordings, typed transcripts, and negative photographic images. Subjects covered in the collection include railroad and coal mining development and operations, education, farming, health issues, segregation, religious activities, and various other social, cultural, and economic issues related to the development and history of Dante between the late 19th century and the late 20th century.
The collection is arranged in three series, as follows: Series 1, Transcripts, 1997-1998; Series, 2, Recordings, 1997-1998; and Series 3, Negatives, c. 1890-1980 and undated.
Method of Acquisition
Kathy Shearer, Project Coordinator for the Dante History Project, donated the Dante History Project Records to the Archives of Appalachia on April 21, 1999. On July 30, 1999 she donated copy negatives of photographs collected during the project.
Annie Webb, Glen Yelton, and Norma Myers processed the collection and the records were opened for research in February 2002.