Established in 1995 by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, Professor, Dept of Art History, Sweet Briar College, Virginia, it provides a wide range of art history information from Prehistoric to modern times.
The membership is made up of craftspeople of the Appalachian Mountain region. The Guild’s Mission: “Bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation."
Special Collections and University Archives is located on the second floor of D.H. Ramsey Library, at the center of the University of North Carolina Asheville campus. We welcome all users of our facilities including students, faculty, staff and community users. Research scholars will find our collections rich in primary source materials that cover a wide range of interests. Our strength is in our local and regional material related to urban Appalachia.
With over 16 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
Located in the majestic mountains of Western North Carolina, Qualla Arts and Crafts is the oldest Native American Cooperative. Founded in 1946, Qualla Arts and Crafts continues to uphold a standard of excellence when it comes to the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Cherokee. Showcasing the works of over 250 members, Qualla Arts and Crafts preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Qualla Arts and Crafts, offers a vast selection of baskets, pottery, wood and stone carving, beadwork, and much more.