Renowned Appalachian History Professor Donates Papers To UK Special Collections
The University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Library has about 40 square feet of new research materials as of Friday.
A special ceremony was held at the King Library to accept the personal papers of distinguished Appalachian history professor, Ron Eller who’s retiring from UK at the end of the academic year.
"My papers include correspondence over a forty year period, the role that I played in advising a number of governors and serving on commissions, both at the state and national level," Eller told WUKY. "But the thing I'm probably most pleased with is that my research archives are going to be here."
Future researchers will be able to comb the Eller papers on a broad range of subjects; from mountain feuds to mountain politics, to economic development and healthcare.
In addition to teaching history, professor Eller served for 15 years as the director of UK's Appalachian Center. He has also published more than 60 articles and reports but is most well-known for his award-winning book "Miners, Millhands and Mountaineers: The Industrialization of the Appalachian South," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1983. Eller followed that up with 2008's critically acclaimed "Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945."
Eller remains in demand as a speaker on Appalachian issues at colleges, conferences and community forums throughout the nation, and he serves as a frequent consultant to civic organizations and the national media.