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Appalachian State University
Address: W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection
Carol G. Belk Library
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: (828) 262-4041
Fax: (828) 262-2553
Contact: Kathryn Staley, archivist; Fred Hay, librarian
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Wheelchair Access: yes

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection is a repository for materials related to the Appalachian region and was dedicated on October 18, 1971. We are part of the Carol G. Belk Library's Special Collections.

Information about holdings
Time periods/geographical regions
Mid-20th Century and turn of 20th-21st century Appalachian region, specifically Watauga County, North Carolina.
Significant people/organizations/subjects documented
Richard Chase Papers, 0.5 linear feet (Chase was an early folklorist who documented the Jack Tales); Boone Christ's Church United Records (not open to the public), 1 linear foot (Boone Christ's Church United is a break off church from the Metropolitan Community Church located in a rural Appalachian university town); Through Their Eyes [videorecording]: Stories of Gays and Lesbians in the Mountains/directed by Charles Culp, et al., project director, Kelli Ward. Whitesburg, KY: Appalshop, 1999. The Collection also contains several novels that are either by glbt Appalachian authors or set in the region as well as a few non-fiction monographs.
Collecting Interests
We continue to increase our holdings in all formats. We only collect relative to the Appalachian region, as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Reference assistance on site, copying services, telephone reference, individual borrowing privileges for open stacks materials only.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions
Collection guides are available online in EAD finding aids and open stacks materials are in MARC records in our OPAC.

Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Address: Box 90185
Durham, NC 27708-0185
Reading Room: 103 Perkins Library
Phone: (919) 660-5828
Fax: (919) 660-5934
Contact: Laura Micham, Director of the Special Collections Library's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture and curator of Gender and Sexuality History Collections.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 9 am - 9 pm; Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; Sat: 1-5 pm. Summers and vacations, Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; Sat: 1-5 pm.
Wheelchair Access: yes

The Manuscript Department was established in 1931, and the Rare Book Department was formally organized in 1942. Between 1989 and 1992 the two departments combined to form the present Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.

Information about holdings
Time periods/geographical regions documented:
Primarily the 19th and 20th century American South with other regions and international content included.
Significant People/organizations/subjects documented:
John Addington Symonds Papers, 1870-1894
Dorothy Allison Papers
Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance Archives and Periodicals Collection, 1972-1994
Lightning Brown Papers, 1983-1985
William Cannicott Olson Papers, 1956-1985
Mandy Carter Papers, 1979-2002
Carl Corley Papers, 1939-present
The Front Page (Raleigh, NC) Records, 1977, 1980-1999
William Gedney Photographs and Writings, 1950s-1994
Jim Grimsley Papers, 1970-1997
Milo Guthrie Papers, 1962-1990
Will Inman Papers, 1910-2001
Ladyslipper Music Records, 1976-2010
Dawn Langley Simmons Papers, 1952-1998
Lesbian Health Resource Center Records, 1982-2005
Modern Language Association gay and Lesbian Caucus Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter Archives, 1974-1998
Catherine Nicholson Papers, 1897-2005, bulk 1974-2005
North Carolina Lesbian and Gay Health Project Records, 1982-1996
OutRight! Records, 1990-1995
Julia Penelope Papers, 1966-1994
Minnie Bruce Pratt papers, 1870s-2005, bulk 1975-2005
Percy Ryberg Papers, 1910s-1990
James T. Sears Papers, 1967-2008
Mab Segrest Papers, 1967-1996
Loreen Weeks and Fred Klasse Papers, 1892-1937
Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection
Reevy Collection of Books on the History of Sexuality (213 items)
Sarah Dyer Zine collection, 1974-2000
Sarah Wood Zine collection, 1990s
Transgender Zines
Other holdings potentially of interest to researchers in LGBT studies include the manuscript collections of Robin Morgan, Kate Millett, Charles Torrence Nesbitt, William Eliza Terrell, and the Women’s and LGTBT Periodicals Collection

Collecting interests
We actively collect materials in LGBT history and culture, with a primary emphasis on the LGBT activism and literature in the American South. We also emphasize collecting LGBT materials that intersect with our other collecting priorities (e.g. women's studies, African-American studies, history of advertising, English-language literature, Southern history and culture, documentary photography, history of economic thought).

Use requirements
Patrons must register and show photo identification. Individual collections may have restrictions; please consult with reference staff in advance of visiting the library to see if any additional permissions to use specific holdings are required.

Research space, copying, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, reference assistance on site, telephone reference, Internet reference (email/web), and loan agreements for exhibits.

Other services/notes:
Onsite exhibitions and public programs; support Duke University classes.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions
On-line public catalog and finding aids database, OCLC records, libguide for the collection, and in-house finding aids.

News about collections
LGBT collections, along with our other collections, are featured in the Special Collections Library blog, The Devil’s Tale, as well as the Sallie Bingham Center newsletter, website, and web 2.0 services.

Wake Forest University

Address: Special Collections & Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Room 625
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
PO Box 7777
Phone: 336-758-6175
Contact: Rebecca Petersen May, Public Services Archivist
Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Director of Special Collections & Archives
Hours: Regular hours: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm
Summer hours: Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm
Closed on university holidays
Wheelchair Accessible

Wake Forest University was founded in 1834 in Wake Forest, NC. In 1956, Wake Forest moved to Winston-Salem, NC.

Information about holdings

Access and use requirements

Some of our materials are digitized and our website is accessible at any time without restrictions. Materials to be viewed in-person require an appointment and registration prior to handling materials. Materials are non-circulating. Individual collections or materials may be restricted; please consult with our catalogue and staff in advance of visiting.


Research and study space, reference assistance (phone, email, and on site), microfilm, audiovisual facilities, exhibitions, copying and scanning, teaching in support of Wake Forest courses, lectures and events.

Indices, finding aids, collection descriptions

News about collections

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