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Postcards from Appalachia,

Identifier: Ms-2015-032

Scope and Content

This collection contains postcards depicting various locations in the Appalachian region. Postcards show scenery from locations in Tennessee and Kentucky as well as Abington, Bristol, Harrisonburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Tazewell, Virginia. Campus quadrangles of Roanoke College are shown on a few postcards. Other postcards depict historic landmarks such as Excelsior Pocahontas Smokeless Coal Mines No 1. and 2, The Hotel Roanoke, Hotel Patrick Henry, The Old Forge of Clifton Forge, and The Barter Theatre.


  • c.1900-1970s

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Postcards from Appalachia must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Postcards from Appalachia contains postcards depicting various landmarks, locations, and scenery in the Appalachian region during the first half of the 20th century.


This collection is organized in folders by state depicted on the front of the postcards. Since the majority of the collection relates to Virginia, items relating to Virginia are further subdivided by location and arranged alphabetically by town/city (when given) or county, depending on how the postcard image is identified.

Acquisition Information

Postcards from Appalachia were purchased by Special Collections in 1991. Additional materials were acquired in multiple accruals after 1991.

Alternate Form Available

Selections from this collection have been digitized and are available online.

Digital Content

Selections from this collection have been digitized and are available online

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Postcards from Appalachia was completed in July 2015. Additional items were added and the collection was organized by location depicted on the front the card in February 2017.

A Guide to Postcards from Appalachia, c.1900-19570s
A Collection in Special Collections
Ryan Mair
© 2015 Virginia Tech. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US