Featured Collections

Since 1973, the Southern Oral History Program has collected more than 6,000 interviews with people from all walks of lifefrom mill workers to civil rights leaders to future presidents of the United States.


Richard Davidson (1947–) served as a physician, educator, and rural public health advocate through the South. His collection includes images from the Appalachian Student Health Coalition and the Mountain People’s Health Council.


Ellen Cook Whitehurst was born in 1856 to an enslaved woman and an unknown father. The Ellen Whitehurst Papers include a 20-page manuscript written as reminiscences of her life and family history.


The Eastern Kentucky African American Migration Project (EKAAMP) is a public humanities and archival collecting initiative that documents a multi-generational African American community with familial ties to coal mining towns in Harlan County, Kentucky.