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Special Collections and University Archives Resources for APS1704: Food & Foodways (incl. traditional medicine, farming, & agriculture)

Resources for APS1704 at Virginia Tech Special Collections and online through Virginia Tech and other institutions.

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  • Best, Billy F. Saving Seeds, Preserving Taste: Heirloom Seed Savers in Appalachia, 2013. Call Number SB 118.38 B47 20013 Spec Large
  • Crellin, J. K. Trying to Give Ease: Tommie Bass and the Story of Herbal Medicine, 1997. Call Number: RS 164 B324 C74 1997 Spec Large
  • Dabney, Joseph. Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Southern Appalachian Cooking, c1998. Call Number: TX 715.2 S68 D43 1998 Spec Large (2 copies)
  • Encyclopedia of Appalachia, 2006. Call Number: F 106 E53 2006 Spec Large
  • The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery, 1992. Call Number: TX 715 F826 1992 Spec Large
  • Foxfire's Book of Wood Stove Cookery, c2006. Call Number: TX 715 F827 2006 Spec Small
  • A Foxfire Christmas, 1996. Call Number: GT 4986 A77 F68 1996 Spec Large
  • Gabbard, Alex. Return to Thunder Road: The Story Behind the Legend, 1992. Call Number: HJ 5021A127 G3 1992 Spec Large
  • Marriott, Norman G. Meat Carving, 2000. Call Number: LD 5655 A762 no.458-002 Spec VPI
  • Savor the South Cookbook series from the University of North Carolina Press. A complete list of items in Special Collections from this series is available online.
  • Skeens, Betty. Grazing Along the Crooked Road: Recipes and Stories--Past and Present, c2008. Call Number: TX 715 S575 2008 Spec Large

Manuscript Collections

Other Resources (Online or beyond Special Collections)


  • Photographs from the Historical Photograph Collection (List of Subjects), 1890s-present.
    • A small portion of this collection, relating to Appalachia generally, is available online.
    • A small portion of the collection relating to agriculture at Virginia Tech is available online.
    • A small portion of the collection relating to agriculture, including in Appalachia, is available online.
    • Photographs are organized in folders by topic, a list of which is available in the finding aid. All materials can be viewed by visiting Special Collections when we are open.