Selu Collection
AC 045

 

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Selu Collection
ID
AC 045
Date
1980-2010
Extent
8 Linear feet
Physical Description

This collection contains photographs, meeting minutes, correspondence, reference material, design sketches, audio and video tapes, and artifacts found during archaeological digs.

 

Location
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Selu Collection, Special Collections, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Biographical/Historical Note

The Selu Conservancy is a 380 acre area that borders the Little River. It is comprised of two main tracts of land donated by members of the Bowles family, the first 185 acre tract was donatd by John Hargrove Bowles in 1989, and several years later the remaining 195 acres were donated by other members of the famliy. At the time of the initial donation, Mr. Bowles communicated several wishes as to how the land should be used and then worked closely with a university Steering Committ and several of the university community to develop and plan the land useage.

The name Selu was suggested by Marilou Awiakta, a Cherokee author, and friend to the university. Selu traditionally refers to the Cherokee "grandmother corn spirit". The name was accepted in part because Mr. Bowles wished for some sort of representation of the Cherokee people who had traditionally used the land for hunting and gathering.

In the years since 1989, a retreat center, a science lab, an observatory, a living history museum, numerous trails, a boat dock, etc. The land is frequently used as an outdoor classroom by biology, geology, appalachian studies, physical education, anthropology and other departments on the Radford University campus. Meetings are held there by both campus and non-campus organizations in either the retreat center or a large multi-use "barn" that is attached to the science lab and observatory.

This material had been collected generally by Grace Toney Edwards, Ricky Cox, both of who were very highly involved with every aspect of the planning and use of the property after 1989, and Cliff Boyd who conducted an archaeological digs on the property. Additions are expected from others involved and are forthcoming.

 

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Steering Committee minutes, Bowles family correspondence, departmental and class use proposals, photographs, oral histories from previous residents of the property, information about the restoration of the living history section of the conservancy, and physical items found in an archaeological survey.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The documents are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided the proper citation is used (e.g. McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections, Radford University, Radford VA).  Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of the Radford University, and the copyright holder, is prohibited.  Please refer to the McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections website for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

All materials were donated to Radford University Archives and Special Collections by Dr. Grace Toney Edwards.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Originals

Archives and Special Collections, McConnell Library

 

 


Collection Inventory

SERIES 1: BOX 1.

Box 1: Folder 1: Selu Steering Committee By-Laws

Box 1: Folder 2: Selu Steering Committee- Mission Statement and Conservancy Guidelines

Box 1: Folder 3: Steering Committee Minuts April 1989-February 1991

Box 1: Folder 4: Steering Committee Minuts April 1991-February 1994

Box 1: Folder 5: Steering Committee Minuts March 1994-March 2005 (incomplete)

Box 1: Folder 6: Steering Committee- Deed Search

Box 1: Folder 7: Steering Committee- Deed of Gift

Box 1: Folder 8: Bowles Family Correspondence

Box 1: Folder 9: Selu Maps

Box 1: Folder 10: Management Plan Comments 1994

Box 1: Folder 11: Management Plan Comments Summer 1994 Revision

Box 1: Folder 12: Management Plan February 1995 Revision

Box 1: Folder 13: Management Plan 2004 Revision

Box 1: Folder 14: Class Proposals- Appalachian Studies

Box 1: Folder 15: Class Proposals- Anthropology

Box 1: Folder 16: Class Proposals- Biology

Box 1: Folder 17: Class Proposals- Geology

Box 1: Folder 18: Class Proposals- Recreation and Leisure Studies

Box 1: Folder 19: Class Proposals- Honors Capstone Project

Box 1: Folder 20: Class Proposals- Bell Heth Elementary School

Box 1: Folder 21: Class Proposals- 4th Grade SOLs

Box 1: Folder 22: Student Responses to Selu

Box 1: Folder 23: Photographs- Selu Picnics

Box 1: Folder 24: Publications Mentioning or Selu

Box 1: Folder 24: Advertising (Pamphlets)

BOX 2.

Box 2: Folder 1: Living History Museum- Advisory Board

Box 2: Folder 2: Living History Museum- Log Building Restoration Proposal

Box 2: Folder 3: Living History Museum- Photos of Original House

Box 2: Folder 4: Living History Museum- Thurlowe Scudder (notes, correspondence, photographs of reconstruction work)

Box 2: Folder 5:   Living History Museum- Duayne Grubb (farmhouse proposals, estimates, correspondence, photographs)

Box 2: Folder 6: Living History Museum- Farmhouse Plans

Box 2: Folder 7: Living History Museum- Dan Pezzoni (preservationist correspondence)

Box 2: Folder 8: Living History Museum- Log Building Restoration (notes and correspondence)

Box 2: Folder 9: Living History Museum- Farmhouse Chimney/ Fireplace (correspondence and designs)

Box 2: Folder 10: Living History Museum- Farmhouse Flooring

Box 2: Folder 11: Living History Museum- Farmhouse Siding

Box 2: Folder 12: Living History Museum- Shed

Box 2: Folder 13: Living History Museum- Turman Sawmill

Box 2: Folder 14: Living History Museum- Selu Fence

Box 2: Folder 15: Living History Museum- LaLone- Heritage Education Center Project (report, sketches, photos)

Box 2: Folder 16: Living History Museum- Shelter and Restrooms (discussion and sketches)

Box 2: Folder 17: Living History Museum- Early Plan (not chosen- artist rendering and floorplans)

Box 2: Folder 18: Living History Museum- Reference Materials- Roscoe Reece Farm Study Internship

Box 2: Folder 19: Living History Museum- Reference Material- photos of The Johnson Farm

Box 2: Folder 20: Living History Museum- Reference Information- Plants

Box 2: Folder 21: Living History Museum- Builder Options

Box 2: Folder 22: Living History Museum- Dedication

Box 2: Folder 23: Living History Museum- Photos

Box 2: Folder 24: Living History Museum- Reference Materials

Box 2: Folder 25: Selu Retreat Center- Memos, Correspondence, Photos

BOX 3.

Box 3: Folder 1: Acres of Diamonds- A History of Selu Conservancy by Christi C. Leftwich. 1992.

Box 3: Folder 2: Priming the Pump: Using Water from Another Time to Create Water for the Future- Part 1. Christi C. Leftwich, April 12, 1990.

Box 3: Folder 3: Priming the Pump: Using Water from Another Time to Create Water for the Future- Part 1. Christi C. Leftwich, November 13, 1990.

Box 3: Folder 4: Selu: Dream and Harvest, by John Bowles

Box 3: Folder 5: Oral History Interviews by Christi C. Leftwich- John Bowles. 1991.

Box 3: Folder 6: Oral History Interviews by Christi C. Leftwich- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll. 1991.

Box 3: Folder 7: Oral History Interviews by Laura Dumin- Blanche Carroll. 1999.

Box 3: Folder 8: Oral History Interviews by Christi C. Leftwich- Ray Dickerson. 2000.

Box 3: Folder 9: Oral History Interviews by Dana Stevenson- Ray Dickerson. 2001.

Box 3: Folder 10: Oral History Interviews by Diane Brinkley- Ray Dickerson. 2001.

Box 3: Folder 11: Oral History Interviews by Joseph Gregory- Ray Dickerson. 2002.

Box 3: Folder 12: Oral History Interviews by Christi C. Leftwich- Mintha Duncan. 1991.

Box 3: Folder 13: Oral History Interviews by Christi C. Leftwich- Nellie Duncan. 1991.

Box 3: Folder 14: Oral History Interviews- Ferman Hall.

Box 3: Folder 15: Farm at Selu Interpretive Guides.

Box 3: Folder 16: Photos- Peterson Homeplace.

Box 3: Folder 17: Photos- Carroll Cabin.

Box 3: Folder 18: Photos- Awiakta.

Box 3: Folder 19: Photos- Selu Garden.

Box 3: Folder 20: Archaeological Dig Inventory (partial) by Cliff Boyd etal. 2002.

Box 3: Folder 21: Archaeological Dig Inventory by David Anderson etal. 2023.

Box 3: Folder 22: A Summary of Archaeological Investigations In and Around the Log Structures at the Selu Conservancy, by Dr. Cliff Boyd and Maureen Siewert. 1991.

Box 3: Folder 23: Radford Magazine. Summer Supplement 1991.

Box 3: Folder 24: Memo to Moore- Excavation Issue.

Box 3: Folder 25: Material Culture of an Appalachian Farmstead by Boyd etal.

Box 3: Folder 26: Priming the Pump: A Study of Selu Conservancy's Farm Life by Leftwich. (paper)

Box 3: Folder 27: Prehistoric and Historic Components Along the Little River, Selu Conservancy by Siewert and Douglas.

Box 3: Folder 28: Farmhouse Item Inventories.

Box 3: Folder 29: Various Correspondence.

BOX 4

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Ray Dickerson (Interviewed by Ricky Cox)- Growing Corn and Wheat at Selu. May 23, 2001

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Hobart Duncan (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 1. March 30, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Hobart Duncan (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 2. March 30, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Frank and David Sale (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). April 4, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape-Selu Interviews- Robey Dickerson (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 1. October 1, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Robey Dickerson (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 1. October 1, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Kermit Kenleyn (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). November 13, 1990.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 1. October 22, 1991.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Mr. and Mrs. Carroll (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). Tape 2. October 22, 1991.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Selu Interviews- Nellie Duncan (Interviewed by Christi Leftwich). January 22, 1992.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- John Peterson- Remembering Life in Dry Valley in the 1920's and Later (speaking to an Eng 548 class). Tape 1. October 3, 1994.

Box 4: Cassette Tape-John Peterson- Remembering Life in Dry Valley in the 1920's and Later (speaking to an Eng 548 class). Tape 1. October 3, 1994.

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Marilou Awiakta- Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom (book on tape read by the author). Tape 1

Box 4: Cassette Tape-Marilou Awiakta- Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom (book on tape read by the author). Tape 2

Box 4: Cassette Tape- Commercial release of Marilou Awiakta reading: Selu: Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom (book on tape). 2 tapes.

BOX 5.

Box 5: Folder 1: Deconstructed Photo Album

Box 5: Folder 2: Deconstructed Photo Album

Box 5: Aesthetic Insight and Material Culture at the Selu Living History Museum at Selu Conservancy, an Appalachian Regenesis. By Billy Howard.

Box 5: Photographs- Unrestored Outbuildings and the Restoration Process; Hobart Duncan and Robey Dickerson; John Bowles and Jerry Hutchens. 1990.

Box 5:Photographs- Carroll Cabin and Original Roadway. May 1990.

Box 5:Photographs- Selu Smokehouse Restoration. 1991.

Box 5:Photographs- Log Buildings; Peters Cemetery. March 1991.

Box 5:Photographs- Smokehouse Restoration and Volunteer Students.; Cliff Boyd and RU Students Excavating. 1991.

Box 5:Photographs: Selu Garden; Flowers. ARSC Offices in Buchanan House (Grace's office and main reception area.) 1994.

Box 5:Photographs- Interview with Marilou Awiakta by Sherry Austin. 1996.

Box 5:Photographs- Carroll House; Road to River; Dock on River; Main Farm Site with Outbuildings.1997.

Box 5:Photographs- Corn Shocks. Late 1990s.

Box 5:Photographs- Assorted. Late 1990s.

Box 5:Photographs- Selu Retreat Center. Sept 2000.

Box 5: Photographs- Floyd County 7th Graders Gifted Program Taking Part in Cliff Boyd's Field School. May 2001.

Box 5: Photographs- Selu Farmhouse under Construction. Jan 2006.

Box 5: Photographs- Early Days at Selu, Carroll Cabin Negative.

Box 5: Photographs- Donia Ely working at Selu Sept 2001

BOX 6.

Box 6: Videotape 1: Interview with Ray Dickerson Re: Selu Living History Museum

Box 6: Videotape 2: Awiakta, Marilou: Selu Myth and John Bowles Story.

Box 6: Videotape 3: Selu: American Literature Engl 203 Amanda Dawson and Jason White.

Box 6: Videotape 4: Selu Garden Beginnings: Crock Throwing Demo with Drew Dodson.

Box 6: Videotape 5: Selu Interview: WDBJ 7: May 5, 1994.

Box 6: Videotape 6: Selu Restoration Project: Smokehouse 11/3/90 and 4/12/91. Plus Awiakta, Ricky Cox, Grace Toney Edwards, and Parks Lanier at Selu.

Box 6: Videotape 7: Selu Restoration Project: Smokehouse 11/3/90 and 4/12/91. Plus Awiakta, Ricky Cox, Grace Toney Edwards, and Parks Lanier at Selu.

Box 6: Videotape 8: Selu Restoration Project: Smokehouse 11/3/90 and 4/12/91. Plus Awiakta, Ricky Cox, Grace Toney Edwards, and Parks Lanier at Selu.

Box 6: Videotape 9: Selu: Slice of Paradise.

BOX 7-18.

Artifacts from the archaeological dig done by Dr. Cliff Boyd before construction on the Selu property.