1937 freshman class in front of McConnell Library
Library Research Award and Winesett Book Collecting Contest
The Appalachian Collection contains manuscripts and other primary materials that document the history and culture of Southwest Virginia and Appalachia. Collections include the Highland Summer Conference Collection and the Virginia, Iron, Coal and Coke Company Collection . In addition to these collections, McConnell Library has an extensive collection of books, CDs, video recordings, journals, and other materials related to Appalachia and Southwest Virginia.
Students by the New River on the way to Ingles Ferry, 1938
Special CollectionsFinding Aids for Special Collections
Special Collections includes manuscripts and other collections that are not part of the RU Archives or Appalachian Collection, including items from Radford alumni, manuscripts from Supreme Count Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, and other materials.
The Rare Book Collection includes over 6,000 books, including the core collection originally housed in the library when Radford University first opened as the State Normal and Industrial School at East Radford, Virginia, in 1913. Collection strengths include Appalachian and Virginia literature, Virginia and regional history, and 19th Century history and literature. The Rare Books Collection can be searched through the library's online catalog (this search limits to Special Collections).
We welcome visitors and scholars! The Archives are open for research on Mondays from 3-7 and by appointment. Our reading room is located on the fifth floor of McConnell Library. For information or to arrange an appointment, please contact Gene Hyde, Archivist and Appalachian Collection Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-831-5692.
All photos are from the Radford University Archives