Special Collections

New Digital Exhibit: Katúah Journal

Be sure to take a look at Special Collection's new digital exhibit: Katúah: Bioregional Journal of the Southern Appalachians. Katúah is the name for the Cherokees’ homeland in the Western North Carolina mountains and adjacent region.

New Blog for Special Collections

Learn about what goes on in Special Collections by following its new blog!  Special Collections, located on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, includes the W.L. Appalachian Collection, the University Archives, the Stock Car Racing Collection, and Rare Books and Manuscripts.  Through the blog, Special Collections personnel and guest writers tell stories about collections and highlight services, exhibits, and events.

Snow Exhibit in 4th Floor Atrium

Special Collections’ new winter exhibit, “Snow Scenes of Winters Past,” gives this year’s snow-starved region a visual feast of past snows in the history of Appalachian State University. A physical exhibit is now on display on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons on the Appalachian State campus.

Meet Rhinehart Post-Doctoral Fellow Victoria Jackson

Dr. Victoria Jackson is the 2016-2017 Rhinehart Postdoctoral Fellow in British History.  She will spend the academic year at Appalachian researching in the Rhinehart Rare Book Collection on British History in Special Collections and writing a book on practices of dining in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Britain. 

Meet Dustin Witsman, New Processing Archivist

Welcome to Dustin Witsman!  He is the new Processing Archivist in Special Collections.  He started on June 6, 2016.

Dustin grew up in the Wabash Valley and lived in and around the mid-west until moving to Boone in late May, 2016.  He attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he studied English Literature, Philosophy, and Psychology, graduating with a BA in English in 2007.  He earned his MLIS from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois in 2012 with a concentration in Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources and Services. 

Record Album Covers Exhibit, 4th Floor

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection includes over 3,000 LP recordings, and a mere 45 examples of album cover art from the collection are on display on the Library’s 4th floor. This new exhibit, “33 1/3 @ 3333: Long Play Album Art from the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection,” showcases album covers from artists with roots within the Appalachian region, ranging from traditional fiddle tunes to chart-topping hits.

The Fraser Fir: A Modern Appalachian Icon Exhibit, 4th Floor

Special Collections' latest exhibit, “The Fraser Fir: A Modern Appalachian Icon,” features a broad array of materials from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection including archives, clippings files, magazines, and books, all related to the Christmas tree industry in Appalachia.

Horn in the West Exhibit, 4th Floor

The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The exhibit, curated by Appalachian Studies graduate student Adam Sheffield, is located inside Special Collections and is on display through the summer during the department’s open hours.  All of the materials on display and much more is available in the

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