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Documenting Community Traditions Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-610
The Documenting Community Traditions Collection consists of course work, student papers, and audio and video recordings of oral history interviews collected by students for the ETSU class “Documenting Community Traditions” (English/APST 5690) taught by Katie Doman. The class focused their research efforts on the Vardy community in Hancock County, Tenn., attempting to document the history and culture of this area. Some of the families in the Vardy community had Melungeon ancestry, and this topic is also a subject of the collection. Less extensive materials relate to research selected students did in community history in Butler, Tenn., Hawkins County, Tenn., Johnson County, Tenn., and Unicoi County, Tenn. Material in the collection primarily covers the period of the course in 2000, though some earlier materials was collected as part of the class research efforts. Materials include oral history interviews, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, miscellaneous publications, photographs, and correspondence.


  • 1890 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


2.00 linear feet (74 photographs, 32 photographic negatives, 1 floppy disc, 19 audiocassette tapes, 17 compact discs, 3 VHS videotapes, 1 oversized folder)

1.00 folder(s)

2.00 Boxes

2.00 Boxes


The collection is arranged in three series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1890-2001 and undated, Boxes 1-2 and oversized folder 1; Series 2, Photographs, 2000 and undated, Box 3; and Series 3, Audio-Visual Recordings, 2000 and undated, Box 4.

Method of Acquisition

The Documenting Community Traditions Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Katie Doman, instructor of the Documenting Community Traditions course (English/APST 5690), on June 30, 2002.

Processing Information

Kirk Hrivnak completed processing the collection in May 2008.
Kirk Hrivnak
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA