Photos, Prints, Drawings Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe
Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolia)
Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
- Joe Williams with ginseng plant in his hand
- Contributor Names
- Williams, Ronnie J. "Joe" (Depicted)
- Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- September 27, 1995
- Subject Headings
- - Fall
- - September
- - Commercial gatherings
- - Ginseng (Panax quinquefolia)
- - Harvesting of fruits and vegetables
- - Tom's Hollow
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Boone County -- Whitesville
- - Since the 17th century, when a Jesuit priest in Canada identified ginseng (Panax quinquefolia) as a root prized in Asia and therefore exportable, ginseng has provided an annual source of cash for people living in the mountains. Wild ginseng, which commands prices ranging from $300 to $600 a pound, dried, continues to supplement incomes in the mountains. The largest quantities of wild ginseng in the country are harvested from the mixed mesophytic forest region centered around West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
- - Event: Ginseng Hunting.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C011-16
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
Rights & Access
The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.
The American Folklife Center and the professional fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.
Copy photographs of numerous historical still photographs owned by Woody Boggs and Rick Bradford were made and are reproduced here with permission of the owners.
Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these collection materials should contact the Folklife Reading Room for assistance.
Coal River Folklife Project collection (AFC 1999/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Rights assessment is your responsibility.
More about Copyright and other Restrictions
For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.