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Special Collections /
a.k.a. The Appalachian Room and the Ramsey Center
The Special Collections includes Appalachian material in the main stacks of the library and in the Appalachian Room.  Materials in the library stacks are available for circulation.

Notable among the manuscripts collection held in the Appalachian Room is the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Folk Music Collection, which includes scrapbooks, pictures, sound recordings, and other memorabilia.

Other special collections include the Southern Appalachian Photographic Archives, the Gertrude M. Ruskin Collection of Cherokee Indian artifacts and materials, the Long Collection of Baptist records including associational minutes and church histories, and the college archives including papers relating to the history of Mars Hill College.
  The Appalachian Room is located on the lower level of the Renfro Library building, and can be accessed from the library parking lot on Bailey Street or from inside the library main stacks. The Appalachian Room is open from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is closed during school breaks. Please call ahead for an appointment.




For general information or to make an appointment:

Dr. Karen Paar
Director, Ramsey Center
Archivist, Southern Appalachian Archives
(828) 689-1262


For the Southern Appalachian Archives:
Peggy Harmon
Special Collections Supervisor
828) 689-1394

For more about the special collections in the Ramsey Center, visit their website


This page was last updated Tuesday, September 13,  2011

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