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    What’s new in Appalachian Special Collections?

    This article appeared in the Volume 4, Issue 1 Spring/Summer Winter 2023 issue of the Appalachian Curator. Click here to view a PDF of the full issue. New collections in regional repositories: Appalachian State University  University of North Carolina Asheville  Western Regional Archives, Asheville NC Appalachian State University In December 2020, Appalachian State University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center received the MerleFest Archives.  The archives span the history of the festival, from 1988 to the present, and include recordings of performances, photographs, and ephemera.  The collection was opened in time for the 35th anniversary of MerleFest in April. Below is a photo of the interactive viewing and listening station, which allows…

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    Scholarly Responses to the Pandemic: Savannah Paige Murray, Virginia Tech

    This article appeared in the Volume 2, Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2020 issue of the Appalachian Curator. Click here to view a PDF of the full issue. My Archive Fever by Savannah Paige Murray I am a frequent sufferer of what French philosopher Jacques Derrida has diagnosed as “Archive Fever.” For Derrida, le mal d’archive, or the sickness that afflicts some archival researchers, represents the “feverish desire” of longing for the archive (Steedman 1159). For sufferers of Archive Fever, it is simply not enough to visit an archive. The Fever brings about an intense need to possess the archive itself. Archive Fever elicits “a compulsive, repetitive, and nostalgic desire for the archive”…