Historical Research Capabilities
As explained in the U.S. History section, this collection provides a view of rural life in the Appalachian region during the early twentieth century. By examining the materials related to the Blue Ridge quilters, students can find clues and create questions with which to do further research into this topic. The collection's photographs and biographies of the Blue Ridge quilters are a good place to start. Students will naturally want to know more about the stories of which these materials are just a part.
Their research may take them to other American Memory collections, such as FSA/OWI Photographs, 1935-1945, which depicts life in this and similar regions with photographs of mountain farms and families, found by searching on Appalachian, Shenandoah National Park, and Blue Ridge Mountains. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 contains several interviews from North Carolina that may also be used to enhance students' understanding of this topic.