Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection
AC 016

Summary Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection
AC 016
Date [inclusive]
31.0 Linear feet Contains 380 books, extensive collections of three journal titles, and four boxes of documents and other materials. Books can be searched through this link to the library's online catalog: Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection.
Physical Decription
Contains books, journals, papers, maps, correspondence, cassette tapes, and ephemera.
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.

Preferred Citation for Manuscript Materials

[Identification of item], Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Scope and Contents

The Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection contains 380 books of Appalachian fiction, poetry, history, culture, folklore, and literary criticism. It also contains extensive collections of three Appalachian journals (Appalachian Journal, Journal of Appalachian Studies, and Now & Then), materials on Marilou Awiakta and Selu, and other materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia

Restrictions to use

An appointment for research or to access books is required. Collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan. Many of the books in the collection can be checked out, with the exception of rare materials. Please see the Archivist/Appalachian Collection librarian for assistance.

Custodial History

The Parks Lanier Appalachian Literature Collection is a gift from Dr. Parks Lanier, retired professor of English at Radford University and noted authority on Appalachian literature and poetry. Dr. Lanier donated books, journals, various documents, and materials related to Marilou Awiakta to the Appalachian Collection between 2009-2011.

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Collection Inventory

Collection of 380 books, searchable through the library catalog 

Box 1: Marilou Awiakta materials 

Folder 1: Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom, by Marilou Awiakta. First Edition, Fulcrum Publishing, 1993. Gift from Awiakta to Parks Lanier 

Folder 2: Rising Fawn and the FIre Mystery, by Marilou Awiakta. 1983. Two copies: 1) St. Luke's Press edition, and 2) Iris Press edition. Both signed with personal note by Awiakta 

Folder 3: Abiding Appalacha: Where Mountain and Atom Meet. Four editions: 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th editions. Later editions include afterword by Parks Lanier, Jr. 

Folder 4: Selu, audiobook edition. 2 cassettes. Read by Awiakta. 1995. 

Folder 5: 3 color photos of Marilou Awiakta 

Folder 6: Appalachian Mountain Books, Awiakta issue, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1988 

Folder 7: Sonoma Mandala journal, 1984-85, issue "shaped around the work of featured Cherokee/Appalachian poet Marilou Awiakta and her essay 'Living in the Round - What Maria's Bowl Teaches Me." 

Folder 8: Newspaper articles on Awiakta, 1984 

Folder 9: Parkway Milepost magazine, Spring-Summer 1988, featuring the essay "...The Standing People are Dying Back" by Marilou Awiakta 

Folder 10: Awiakta's annotated photos of housed from Abiding Appalachia 

Folder 11: Poesie - Issue of French literary journal featuring Awiakta (in French). 

Folder 12: Memphis Magazine, 1994, with article on Marilou Awiakta 

Folder 13: Selu Conservancy Poster signed and annotated by Awiakta 

Folder 14: Southern Exposure journal, Vol 8, No. 6, 1986, featuring the article "When Awi Usdi Walked Among Us: Reunion at Red Clay," by Awiakta 

Folder 15: Promotional flyer for first edition of Selu 

Folder 16: Book - Through the Lens of Ed Wescott- A Photographic History of America's Secret City (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) 

Box 2: Reviews, press releases, correspondence 

Folder 1: Book reviews and articles, folder 1 of 2 

Folder 2: Book reviews and articles, folder 2 of 2 

Folder 3: "White Boy Beer" constructed poem 

Folder 4: Literary press releases and publisher announcements 

Folder 5: Parks Lanier correspondence 

Folder 6: Maps, literary and historical 

Folder 7: Ephemera - regional and literary 

Box 3: Now & Then Magazine 

Box 4: Book jackets