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Council on Appalachian Women Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0101

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Council on Appalachian Women reflect the council's day to day operation from 1977 to 1981, interaction with other organizations on issues concerning Appalachian women, collection of reference material on women and Appalachia, presentation of humanities forums from 1978 to 1980, and publication of the Appalachian Women magazine. The first two executive directors, Jeanne Hoffman and Constance Mahoney, created most of the papers; however, the collection contains scattered papers of the staff, officers, members, and the third executive director, Ethelene Brasington. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, position papers, grant proposals, financial statements and receipts, newsclippings, council publications, a scrapbook, photographs, and cassette tapes.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1981
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1977 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


16.00 linear feet (33 document boxes, 1 oversized folder, 1 oversized box, 25 cassette tapes)

Language of Materials



The papers are divided into seven series. Documents concerning the organization and operational procedures of the council are in Series 1. The second series contains the financial records of the council. Series 3 consists of the general office files including the general correspondence and subject files. Material concerning the Appalachian Consortium and Land of Sky Regional Council is also located in this series. The papers in Series 4 concern the council's activity on specific projects: humanities forums; Appalachian Women magazine; newsletter; and child development. The sixth and seventh series contain respectively the publication of the council and oversized material. An inventory of tapes follows the series folder listings.

Method of Acquisition

The papers of the Council on Appalachian Women were placed in the Archives of Appalachia on May 14, 1981 by Ethelene M. Brasington, executive director.

On October 22, 1982, Cynthia S. Burnley, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University, donated two folders of materials resulting from her work with the Council. This material is located in box 32 and is a continuation of Sub-series III-B, Subject Files.

On February 16, 1984, Carl Ross, acting director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University donated additional Council on Appalachian Women papers. The second addendum is continuation of information in Series I, Series II, Subseries III-A, Subseries III-B, Series VI. The folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

On January 12, 2006, Diane Nelson contributed a file of publications and some 1977 correspondence.

Separated Materials

A map,Tennessee Valley Region with Multi-County Districts, 1978, was added to the Archives of Appalachia map collection.

Processing Information

Norma Myers completed processing and the collection was opened for research in August 1982. In 1993, Marie Tedesco and Ed Speer processed the additions to the collection and revised the finding aid. Jen Bingham incorporated the Diane Nelson donation in October 2014.

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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