Congress for Appalachian Development: Gordon Ebersole Collection
Scope and Contents
The Congress of Appalachian Development portion of the collection includes correspondence, transcripts of members' testimony at government hearings, and articles and clippings about CAD and other Appalachian organizations (such as the Council of Southern Mountains, Appalachian Volunteers, and the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund). The Series relating to Ebersole's personal career include papers generated during his tenure at the United States Department of the Interior and work with the Area Redevelopment Administration. These include a number of river basin studies, materials pertaining to United States technical training of foreign nationals, and reports of federal projects in Appalachia. These materials are of value to students of Appalachian social movements, begun during the 1960s under programs initiated by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Files include correspondence with, speeches and reports by and biographical information on key activists and important regional organizations. Among these are Harry Caudill and Tom Gish; Paul Kaufman, U. S. Senator from West Virginia; John Fetterman, and Milt Ogle. Organizations represented include Congress of Appalachian Development, the Council of the Southern Mountains, the Appalachian Volunteers, Council on Religion in Appalachia, Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, and the Appalachian South Folklife Center.
The addition to the Congress for Appalachian Development/Gordon Ebersole Collections (CAD) consists primarily of photocopies of correspondence between Ebersole and Harry Caudill, Paul Kaufman, Ann Pollard, Lewis Smith, and David Whisnant, along with reports, speeches, and clippings related to activities of the Congress for Appalachian Development and other Appalachian-related concerns shared by the correspondents.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
36.50 linear feet
Language of Materials
The collection includes maps, publications, and numerous photographs. Maps have been stored with the archives' map collection and photographs in the photographic storage area. Frequently used publications have been placed in the archives' vertical file for more immediate accessibility. Other publications remain with the collection.
The addition contains material which falls within the following existing series/subseries: Subseries 1.3, Congress for Appalachian Development Activities and Series 4, Gordon Ebersole Personal Correspondence. Material is arranged by subject and then chronologically within folders.
Method of Acquisition
The papers of the Congress for Appalachian Development and of Gordon K. Ebersole were donated to the Archives of Appalachia in March 1980 by Gordon Ebersole. The collection was opened for research on March 1, 1981. For several years the papers were housed in a Pennsylvania mill which Ebersole restored. During this period the papers generated during Ebersole's career in government service and those arising from his personal involvement in southern Appalachia became interfiled. The sorting process was complicated by the interrelatedness of Ebersole's duties and his personal interests. The processing staff has tried as much as possible to preserve the integrity of the collection, dividing the papers into series according to organization or office of origin.
Accruals and Additions
The addition to the Congress for Appalachian Development/Gordon Ebersole Collection was donated by Gordon Ebersole on March 19, 1993 and opened to researchers in December 1996.
Marie Tedesco completed processing the original material in 1981 and revised the guide in 1991, while Ned Irwin processed the addition in 1996.
- Ayer, Perley F.
- Batt, William L. (William Loren), 1916
- Billingsley, Kirby
- Burlage, Robb K.
- Caudill, Harry M., 1922-
- Clapp, Gordon R. (Gordon Rufus), 1905-1963
- Clapp, William Marsh, 1877-1965
- Clay, Grady
- Fetterman, John
- Foster, Ellery
- Fraley, E. S., 1889-
- Gish, Tom
- Graves, Charles P.
- Hart, Royal
- Hiler, Richard E.
- Jones, Loyal, 1928-
- Jordahl, Harold C., 1926-
- Ogle, Milton
- Pollard, Ann
- Provence, Jean
- Shapp, Milton J., 1913-
- Simon, Rick
- Smith, Lewis Gordy
- Wackerle, Barry
- Wagner, Aubrey J.
- West, Don
- Whisnant, David E., 1938-
- Wooten, Judge
- Appalachian Institute
- Appalachian Power Company
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Appalachian Volunteers
- Austin, Richard Cartwright, 1934-
- Coal mines and mining Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Commission on Religion in Appalachia
- Council of the Southern Mountains
- Dams--Design and construction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Distilling, Illicit Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ebersole, Gordon Keith, 1910-2004
- Hechler, Ken, 1914-2016
- Kaufman, Paul J., 1920-1980
- New River (N.C.-W. Va.) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- New River Gorge (W. Va.) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- New towns Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Power resources Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- President's Appalachian Regional Commission Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Public utility districts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Rural development--Appalachian Region Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Rural electrification--Appalachian Region Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Tourism Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- United States. Agency for International Development
- United States. Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965
- United States. Area Redevelopment Administration
- United States. Bureau of Reclamation
- United States. International Cooperation Administration
- United States. Office of Economic Opportunity
- Watersheds Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Marie Tedesco and Ned Irwin
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