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Appalachian-Scottish and Irish Studies Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0326

Scope and Contents

The Appalachian-Scottish & Irish Studies Collection focuses on the various components of the academic studies program examining the history and culture of Appalachia, Scotland, Ireland, and the interrelationships of the three locales. Materials document course work, lectures, field trips, student papers or projects, notes, schedules, and other aspects of the program. Documentation is found in manuscript records, audio and videorecordings, and photographs. The material provides insight on such subjects as folklore, storytelling and oral traditions, Appalachian and Gaelic language and literature, traditional music, migration patterns, and other aspects of Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish (including Ulster) history and culture.


  • 1957-1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

While loan copies of tapes may be borrowed, other reproduction of tapes in the collection is prohibited without the permission of the director of the Appalachian-Scottish & Irish Studies program or the head of the archives. In addition, any commercial recordings in the collection must be used in the archives and may not be borrowed or copied.


5.00 linear feet (1 linear foot photographs (4 boxes), 4 linear feet manuscripts (8 boxes), 369 audiotapes, 172 videotapes)

541.00 item(s)

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The collection is divided into five series as follows: Series 1, Course Materials, 1976-97 and undated; Series 2, Student Papers/Projects, 1988-95 and undated; Series 3, Photographs, 1988-97 and undated; Series 4, Audio Recordings, 1957-97 and undated; and Series 5, Video Recordings, 1987-94 and undated. Collection materials are arranged chronologically within series. Undated materials are filed first, followed by dated material. The sequence of box numbers begins over with each series.

Where audio and video materials appear in the same series, the audio item number is preceded by an "A" and the video item number is preceded by a "V".

Method of Acquisition

The Appalachian-Scottish & Irish Studies Collection was donated to the Archives of Appalachia between 1988 and 1997 by Dr. Thomas G. Burton and Stevan Jackson, directors of the program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Accruals and Additions

Additional material was donated by John and Carole Lebert, Knoxville, Tennessee, between 1994 and 1997.

Separated Materials

Nine (9) 33rpm albums of Scottish music recorded by the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland as part of their Scottish Tradition series were separated from the collection and catalogued.

  1. Bothy Ballads: Music from the North-East, M1746.B68 1971
  2. Music from the Western Isles, M1746.M87 1971
  3. Waulking Songs from Barra, M1746.W38 1972
  4. Shetland Fiddle Music, M1746.S54 1973
  5. The Muckle Sangs: Classic Scots Ballads (2 discs), M1746.M83 1975
  6. Gaelic Psalms from Lewis, M2110.G34 1975
  7. Calum Ruadh: Bard of Skye, M1746.R83 1978
  8. James Campbell of Kintail: Gaelic Songs, M1746.C36 1984
  9. The Fiddler and His Art, M1746.F53 1989


Please do not use any extant copies of the 1995 "Guide to Audio-Visual Collections in the Archives of Appalachia" to request materials from this collection. The item numbers are not correct in that publication.

Processing Information

Georgia Greer, Ned Irwin, C.Lyke, Norma Myers, Christy Norris and Marie Tedesco completed processing, and the collection was opened to researchers in September 1997.

Georgia Greer, Ned Irwin, C. Lyke, Norma Myers, Christy Norris and Marie Tedesco
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

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