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Documenting Community Traditions Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0610

Scope and Contents

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). 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)

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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 Center for Appalachian Studies and Services contributed materials from the first Documenting Community Tradions class on June 30, 2002, accession number 2002-033.

Processing Information

Kirk Hrivnak completed processing the collection in May 2008.

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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