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Appalachian Land Ownership Survey Records

Beginning in the fall of 1978, the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force – a coalition of community groups, scholars, and members of the Appalachian Alliance – conducted the Appalachian Land Ownership Survey to examine land ownership patterns within the Appalachian region. The Survey was particularly interested in absentee and corporate ownership and their effects on regional development. The Survey looked at 80 counties within the Appalachian regions of Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Task Force created working groups for each of the six states and selected counties for particular concentration. Within these counties, researchers examined land deeds of plots with 250 acres or more. Nineteen counties were used as detailed case studies. Researchers noted the amount of land, mineral tax rates, agricultural or industrial usage, and absentee, corporate, federal, and local ownership. They also identified over 100 socio-economic indicators to correlate to the various ownership patterns. The results of the Survey were used in the development of two publications: the seven-volume, 1,800-page study, Land Ownership Patterns and Their Impacts on Appalachian Communities (Appalachian Regional Commission, 1981) and Who Owns Appalachia? Landownership and Its Impact (University of Kentucky Press, 1983). The Survey was funded in part by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Needmor Fund. The Highlander Research and Education Center organized the project, and Appalachian State University was a primary sponsoring institution and handled administrative and fiscal details. This digital collection is only a portion of the Survey-related materials in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in Special Collections at Appalachian State University.

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Appalachian Land Ownership Survey Key, 1978-1979

Alabama: Blount County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Cherokee County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Cleburne County -  Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Cullman County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: DeKalb County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Etowah County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Fayette County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Jackson County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Lamar, Blount, Cherokee, Cleburne, Cullman, Dekalb, Etowah, Fayette, Jackson, Marshall, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Marion County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Marshall County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Shelby County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Tuscaloosa County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Walker County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Alabama: Winston County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Bell County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Bell, Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Letcher, Perry, and Pike Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Breathitt County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Floyd County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Harlan, Breathitt, and Perry Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Johnson County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Knott County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Knox County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Laurel County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Letcher County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Martin County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Perry County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Kentucky: Pike County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Alleghany County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Ashe County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Avery County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Burke County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Clay County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Haywood County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Swain, and Watauga Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Henderson County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Jackson County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Madison County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Mitchell County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Swain County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

North Carolina: Watauga County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Anderson County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Bledsoe County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Campbell County - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee Corrections: Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Hamilton, Marion, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, and White Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Cumberland, Bledsoe, Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, and White Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Fentress, Cumberland, and Morgan Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Hamilton and Marion Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979

Tennessee: Marion, Hamilton, and Rhea, Counties - Land Ownership Survey, 1979