Urban Appalachian Council Records, 1974-1978

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Urban Appalachian Council

Title: Records, 1974-1978

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for this collection, contact the curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss. BJ U72

Institutional History

The Urban Appalachian Council (UAC) was organized in Cincinnati, Ohio to act as a regional center for Appalachians in urban areas. Created in 1974, the UAC began as a response to the growing number of Appalachians migrating from rural areas to urban cities starting in the late 1940s. Committed to cultural pluralism, the organization functions to dispel negative stereotypes placed upon Appalachians and promote pride in the cultural heritage of urban Appalachians. The UAC also works to help urban Appalachians acclimate to city life and become active community leaders. To accomplish the organization’s goals, the UAC conducts research projects, helps with community organization, and develops educational programs. The UAC targets Appalachians in lower income urban areas, and the organization’s greater center of activism is in the Cincinnati area. The Urban Appalachian Council, as of 2013, continues to work for the betterment of urban Appalachians.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains papers distributed by the Urban Appalachian Council (UAC) based out of Cincinnati, OH. The UAC papers present research on the education, social status, health, and economic condition of Appalachian migrants in urban areas, particularly in Ohio. The collection includes three research bulletins, one color coded map showing the distribution of Appalachians in Cincinnati, OH, and four research reports.

In addition, the collection contains four demographic studies from the Ohio Urban Appalachian Awareness Project. They examine the cities of Columbus, Akron, Toledo, and Cleveland in regards to their Appalachian populations. These studies were supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Folder List

Folder 1: Map of estimated Appalachian migrants in Cincinnati, Ohio

Folder 2: Research bulletins, January-May 1976

Folder 3: Research reports on urban Appalachian migrants

Folder 4: Research reports on settlement patterns of Appalachians in Hamilton County, Ohio

Folder 5: City survey reports from The Ohio Urban Appalachian Awareness Project

Folder 6: City survey reports from The Ohio Urban Appalachian Awareness Project

Subject Headings

Akron (Ohio) – Ethnic relations

Appalachians (People) – Ohio

Appalachian Region – Economic conditions

Appalachian Region – History

Children of internal migrants – Hamilton County – Ohio

Cincinnati (Ohio) – Ethnic relations

Cincinnati (Ohio) – Maps

Cincinnati (Ohio) – Race relations

Cleveland (Ohio) – Ethnic relations

Columbus (Ohio) – Ethnic relations

Demographic surveys – Ohio

Discrimination – Ohio

Ethnic groups – Ohio

Internal migrants

Migration, Internal

Minorities – Ohio

Nonprofit organization – Ohio – Cincinnati

Ohio – Ethnic relations

Ohio Urban Appalachian Awareness Project

Public welfare

Residential mobility – Ohio

Rural-urban migration

Statistical maps

Statistics – Ohio

Stereotypes (Social psychology)

Toledo (Ohio) – Ethnic relations

Urbanization – Ohio

Urban minorities – Ohio

Urban poor – Ohio

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