Collections

Roadside Theater and Junebug Productions promotional still
This collection contains audiovisual media and photographic documentation of American Festival Project performances by partner organizations. It also includes paper epheme...
This collection contains audiovisual historical documentation and media recordings made by Appalshop staff, that are unrelated to final film productions or regular Appalsho...
Hand painted production still for the film Chairmaker.
The Appalachian Film Workshop/Appalshop Films collection, 1969-2015 consists of 16mm color and black and white film, video, and audio images recorded by Appalshop producers...
A Day Around the Shop, 1971
Appalshop’s legacy paper collection is comprised of institutional records and ephemera which document not only the management and governance of the organization, but also i...
Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, 1938-39 (silent)
Contains two films shot and edited by Carl Zody, an Indiana native who was the Superintendent of Pine Mountain State Park from the 1930s to early 1940s. One film documents ...
Self-portrait of Chester Cornett and wife Ruth
Includes an eight-legged rocking chair whose construction is documented in the Appalshop film Hand Carved, a photo negative collection of images taken by Cornett, and movin...
Ousley family photo album, Floyd County
Local cultural heritage materials collected from the residents of Letcher County as part of Appalshop's NEH Common Heritage project.
Breonna Taylor memorial in front of Whitesburg City Hall
Creating in Place is a collection of original stories, photographs, audio, transcripts, visual art, and writing both expressing and documenting how individuals in our commu...
High school football game with cheerleaders (silent)
Dr. John Parrott was a coal camp doctor who lived in Bell County, KY near Pineville and provided health care to coal miners and their families in the town and surrounding c...
Headwaters: Pregnant But Equal
The Early Headwaters Television collection consists of 30-minute long programs produced primarily by Appalshop for the first five years of the Headwaters Television series ...
Young men posing with shovels in forest setting
From 1991 to 1995, photographer Jeff Whetstone served as an artist-in residence at Appalshop. In addition to helping to preserve the William R. "Pictureman" Mullins Collect...
Image of microcassette in John Verburg Collection
This collection is comprised of 52 microcassettes and regular audiocassettes of oral histories focusing on the black experience in coal camps. The tapes date from early 198...
Image of early June Appal logo
The June Appal Recordings Collection includes the master tapes of over 70 releases of traditional and contemporary mountain music from 19...
Eula Hall portrait
The Kristen Mendenhall collection, circa 1971, contains black and white photographic images of rural activists, artisans, and residents at home in rural Kentucky a...
The Marshall Family / Seldom Scene at Shriners Bluegrass Festival, 1978
The Mountain Community Television collection consists of approximately 120 ½” open reel video tapes of completed programs and raw footage shot by producers for the public a...
Finding Aid to the Mountain Eagle/Tom & Pat Gish Papers, 1952-2002
The collection covers the period of 1953 to 2002 and includes The Mountain Eagle business records as well as the Gishes’ personal and professional papers amassed t...
Mountain Review, Volume 01, Number 01, September 1974
Volumes 1 through 5 of the quarterly literary magazine published by Appalshop.
Woman and daughter in pickup truck
This collection contains materials relating to photographer Nancy Rudolph's (1923-2017) work in central Appalachia and the Cumberland Plateau, 1975-76. It includes images, ...
Production still from Red Fox / Second Hangin'
The Roadside Theater collection contains more than 200 drafts of original play scripts; audio, video, print, and photographic documentation of the plays’ production process...
Photograph of Harlan County coal miner
In 1974 Los Angeles-based photographer Robert Gumpert traveled to Harlan County, KY to document the Brookside Coal strike (1973-74). His images capture the tension of the s...
Morgan Sexton playing his first public performance
The recordings in this collection represent Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival live performances that have been preserved with a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation.
A couple with 3 of their daughters
This collection is in the process of being scanned and preserved. More images will be uploaded as they become available. Although the majority of the collection is compris...
WMMT’s archival materials document the work of a central Appalachian community-based public radio station, including approximately 25 years of interviews, tapes of news eve...
Youth Bored flyer: police force in riot control stance
Youth Bored is the unifying name given to an underground music and youth culture movement that has been active in rural eastern Kentucky since c. 2000. With its roots in pu...