What’s New in Appalachian Special Collections

This article appeared in the Volume 2, Issue 2 Fall 2020 issue of the Appalachian Curator. Click here to view a PDF of the full issue.

Due to the COVID pandemic and the fact that many repositories have been closed, we have fewer items in our New Acquisitions section this issue.

New collections in regional repositories:

Berea College

University of Kentucky

Berea College

The Phil Primack Photographs and Papers (1924-2000) is comprised of photographs, correspondence, and writings of journalist Phil Primack. The collection contains numerous photographs, most of them taken while Primack worked as a reporter for The Mountain Eagle in Whitesburg, KY. In addition to documenting coal mining, the life and work of coal miners, the Finley Mine disaster at Hurricane Creek (December 1970), and the Buffalo Creek disaster (February 1972), Primack’s photographs document the landscapes, people, history and culture of Appalachia.   You can view the collection finding guide at: card&id=724. Digitized materials from the collection are linked through the finding guide or can be viewed as a group at:

The Moran Family Papers (1805-1953) contain photographs, extensive family correspondence, writings, documents, and other items of the Moran Family – early settlers in the Silver Creek, Madison County area between Berea and Richmond Kentucky.  The collection also includes materials (such as land deeds and grants) of various families related to the Moran family and others from the Madison County area. You can view the collection finding guide at:


University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center

The University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center has acquired the photographs of Malcolm Wilson. Malcolm Wilson of Blackey, Kentucky, is an Appalachian photographer who currently operates the Humans of Central Appalachia Facebook page. Wilson began the page in 2015 as a documentary project focusing on the people and culture of Central Appalachia. The photographic collection includes work prints, exhibit prints, slides, and digital photographs spanning Wilson’s career as a professional photographer.



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