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.