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“We the People” Appalachian Grant Completed

 

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities enabled the Manuscripts Archive to arrange and describe 25 Appalachian-related collections totaling more than seven hundred cubic feet of material. Included in these records and collections are

  • railroad, oil, lumber, and coal company records
  • papers of several families deeply involved in the industrial development and growth of eastern Kentucky communities
  • papers of authors, newspaper publishers and artists
  • collections pertaining to labor strife and unionization in Kentucky’s coal fields
  • governmental records germane to the activities of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression
  • papers of the creator of the concept of local area development
  • papers created by men and women involved in mission schools, literacy movements, and rural sociology
  • environmental documents pertaining to legal action taken by a group of preservationists to prevent dam construction of one of Kentucky’s most pristine rivers
  • political material created out of the intrigue and assassination of Kentucky Governor William Goebel in 1900
  • papers of women reformers who were concerned with medical problems such as trachoma and inadequate pre-natal and midwifery services for rural women

Key word searchable finding aids for each collection were compiled by Beth Eiffler, Project Manager, using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and can be accessed at the Kentucky Digital Library website.

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