Research Resources

University of Kentucky's Appalachian Collection The University of Kentucky's Appalachian Collection is housed within the University Libraries' Division of Special Collections.  This extensive research collection provides a wealth of primary sources including the papers of writers, politicians, activists, land and mineral speculators, and social reformers as well as the records of coal companies, railroads, War on Poverty agencies, and environmental non-profits.  Photographs and other audio-visual materials accompany many of these collections.
Sample some of the holdings and see descriptions of selected collections.In addition to archival materials, the Appalachian Collection contains 10,000+ book volumes  and periodicals covering a broad range of genres and topics relating to the Appalachian region.  To find these holdings use Infokat, the UK Libraries catalog.
For more information on the Appalachian Collection, contact Kate Black, Curator at Appalachia Oral History Project In this collection of oral history interviews, residents of Appalachia discuss their personal histories, socioeconomic conditions, culture, and customs.  Coal mining, poverty, family life, gender, religion, education, and health are among the topics described.  Individual projects discussing the Brookside coal strike of 1974, the 1977 film "Harlan County, U.S.A.," the Kentucky Farmers.
Incorporated farm co-op, the Cranks Creek Survival Center, the Sharp family, Lee County politics, family and gender, music, immigrants, the War on Poverty, and the land are also included.  This collection is housed at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.  For more information please contact the Breckinridge Research Room at Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, at SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU.The Bert T. Combs CollectionThe political papers of Bert T. Combs, former governor of Kentucky (1959-1963) and Judge, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (1967-1970). The collection consists of correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, audio-visual material, and photographs. These primary source materials contain information on civil rights, coal mining, education, Appalachia, economic development, governmental corruption, and Kentucky politics.  Visit the Bert T. Combs Collection or contact Jeff Suchanek at

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