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Appalachian Studies Association Records

Identifier: BCA 0029 SAA 028

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of the organizational and administrative records of the Appalachian Studies Association (formerly the Appalachian Studies Conference) from its inception in 1977. Included in the materials: governance and founding records; adminiatrative records and communications; finacial records; conference materials; and newsletters


  • created: Majority of material found within 1977 - 2023


Conditions Governing Access

Materials can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College. Select materials may be accessed online.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions placed on this collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Biographical / Historical

The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia. First known as the Appalachian Studies Conference, the official name became Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) in 1984.

The mission of the Appalachian Studies Association is to promote and engage dialogue, research, scholarship, education, creative expression, and action among a diverse and inclusive group of scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists, students, individuals, groups and institutions. The association's mission is driven by its commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally and internationally.

The association has hosted a conference, currently known Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, since 1977 and has published The Journal of Appalachian Studies since 1995.


35 ms_boxes

11.5 Cubic Feet

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This collection is comprised of the organizational and administrative records of the Appalachian Studies Association (formerly the Appalachian Studies Conference) from its inception in 1977.

Arrangement Note

The records are arranged in series as follows:

Series 1: Founding and Governance - materials related to ASA's founding and ongoing governance including Constitution and By-Laws; bulk dates: 1977-2023; 1 ms box

Series 2: Administrative Records and Communications - materials related to the Association's ongoing work, administration and organization. Materials include meeting minutes of various committees, correspondence, papers of Association Presidents and others, programming and planning notes, organizational manuals and guides, other; bulk dates: 1977-2019; 15 ms boxes

Series 3: Financial Reports and Materials - financial records of the Association including treasury and financial reports, yearly budgets, other; bulk dates: 1981-2011; 1 ms box

Series 4: Conference Materials - records and materials from the yearly ASA Conference. Includes: publicity materials, call for presentations and papers, conference programs, other; bulk dates: 1978-2023; 14 ms boxes

Series 5: Newsletters - newsletters of the Association including Appalink and the Appalachian Curator; bulk dates: 1978-2023; 4 ms boxes

Related Materials

Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association can be accessed through the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. For more inforamtion see:

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed 2023-2024 addition of materials and change of series. Reprocessed by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, and Wesley David, student ssociate archivist and intern.

Appalachian Studies Association Records Finding Aid
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: The finding aid was updated in 2017.
  • 2024: Collection was reprocessed 2023-2004 with changes being made to the names and content of series. Additional materials were added at that time. Ask Archivist for additional information.

Repository Details

Part of the Berea College Special Collections and Archives Repository

Hutchins Library
100 Campus Drive
Berea Kentucky 40404 US