Special Collections

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The newest exhibit in Special Collections features historical documents, photos, an original poster, and an artifact from Boone’s outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.”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

Special Collections to Reopen to the Public January 26

Special Collections, located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, will reopen to the public on Monday, January 26, 2015. All regular services and hours will resume at that time.

Special Collections Closed to the Public Until February 16, 2015

Special Collections, located on the 4th Floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, will be closed to the public until Monday, February 16, for repairs and restoration due to water damage.  The rest of the 4th floor is open. Circulating materials in the collection are available through the Library’s Request It!

Special Collections Processing Project a Success!

The two-year grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to process the backlog of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection was successfully completed last month. Running from September 2012 to November 2014, the grant provided funding for a full-time processing assistant and for the purchase of archival supplies.

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