The staff of the Blue Ridge Heritage Archives is steadily working to put the Archives catalog online. This is a multi-year project, and eventually online visitors will be able to view (or listen to) selected holdings as well as search the catalog. The approximate percentage of the catalog database currently online is as follows:

  • Audio Recordings (All Formats) -- 50%
  • Photographic Images (All Formats) -- 40%
  • Video Recordings -- 100%
  • Books -- 40%
  • Documents -- 1%

When searching through the online catalog, keep in mind that the Subject category is less specific than the Name/Description category. For example, the term ARCHITECTURE is suitable for searching in the Subject catgeory, but the term CABIN is more appropriate for searching in the Name/Description category.

To search the online catalog:

Select A Medium:
Audio Photographs Video Historical Books & Documents
Select A Criterion:
Location Collection/Artist Title/Description
Keywords: Enter up to 2 words, empty fields will be ignored.
Blue Ridge Heritage Archives

The Institute's Blue Ridge Heritage Archives are a permanent repository for materials related to the folklife of Virginia's western Blue Ridge and the state as a whole. The Archives preserve photographs, slides, videotapes, audio tapes, disk recordings, books, and other paper materials in an environmentally controlled facility open to anyone interested in regional folk culture.

The Blue Ridge Heritage Archives holdings represent nearly a century of attention to folk culture in the Upland South by collectors and fieldworkers. The Archives include such major collections as the Galax Old-Time Fiddlers Convention tapes, the Elmer Smith Collection of Shenandoah Valley folklore, the Earl Palmer Collection of Appalachian photographs, the Fred Williams Collection of Appalachian fiddlers convention performances, and Virginia's premier collection of Virginia African American folk music.

The Blue Ridge Heritage Archives are open by appointment weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.