A Guide to the Elizabeth Fine Papers, c. 1983-2012 Fine, Elizabeth, Papers Ms2015-041

A Guide to the Elizabeth Fine Papers, c. 1983-2012

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2015-041


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2015-041
Title
Elizabeth Fine Papers, c. 1983-2012
Physical Characteristics
6.2 Cubic Feet; 5 boxes; 1 oversize folder
Creator
Fine, Elizabeth
Language
English
Abstract
The Elizabeth Fine Papers include papers and materials collected by Fine during her tenure as a professor at Virginia Tech. Fine taught in the Department of Religion and Culture from 1979 until her retirement in 2015. The collection includes research and subject files on aspects of Appalachian culture and history; papers from her instruction, departmental, and administrative activities; and files on historic buildings on campus, particularly the history, renovation, and reopening of "Solitude."

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Elizabeth Fine Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Elizabeth Fine Papers, Ms2015-041, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Elizabeth Fine Papers were donated to Special Collections in July 2015. An addition was donated to Special Collections in May 2019.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Elizabeth Fine Papers was mostly completed in October 2016. Some additional description was completed in June 2017. An addition was integrated in May 2019.


Biographical Note

Dr. Fine joined the Virginia Tech Faculty in 1979. From 1993-1999, she was the coordinator for he Appalachian Studies Program. Following that, she served as director of the Humanities Program in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies from 1999 to 2003 and was the inaugural chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, she returned to leadership in the humanities, eventually co-founding and co-directing the Master of Arts Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities. In this role, she helped develop its curriculum, set policies and procedures, recruited and advised students, designed and taught new courses, and was a mentor to the next generation of museum, non-profit, public humanities professionals. As reflected in the collection, she also led and continued to maintain efforts to preserve Solitude and its remaining outbuilding, renamed the Fraction Family House in 2019. Dr. Fine retired from Virginia Tech in 2015.

For additional information:
http://liberalarts.vt.edu/faculty-directory/religion-and-culture-faculty/elizabeth-fine.html
https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/09/091415-clahs-emeritafine.html

Scope and Content

The Elizabeth Fine Papers include papers and materials collected by Fine during her tenure as a professor at Virginia Tech. Fine taught in the Department of Religion and Culture from 1979 until her retirement in 2015. The collection includes research and subject files on aspects of Appalachian culture and history; papers from her instruction, departmental, and administrative activities; and files on historic buildings on campus, particularly the history, renovation, and reopening of "Solitude."

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series. Within each series, the files are in their original order as they were received from the donor.

Series I: Appalachian Studies Files consists of subject and research files on a variety of topics relating to Appalachia. These include, but are not limited to locations in southwest Virginia, symposia and conferences, local organizations or institutions, topics (like coal mining, strikes, foodways), and materials from events and grants.

Series II: Instruction, Department, and Academic Administrative Materials relating to Virginia Tech includes personal and professional research materials, course syllabi and work, extensive information on the Appalachian Studies program at Virginia Tech, and the program's connection to interdisciplinary studies and other departments on campus.

Series III: Historic Structures at Virginia Tech (mostly Solitude) contains a large amount of information on Solitude, its outbuildings - including the Fraction Family House, and their history as a building on campus (including fundraising, renovations, images, planning documents for past restorations, historic reports, images, and interviews/articles). This series also includes a small amount historic preservation information about the campus generally.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Corporate Names:

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Department of Philosophy and Religion
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences (2003-)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Department of Religion and Culture
  • Persons:

  • Fine, Elizabeth

Contents List

Series I: Appalachian Studies Files
  • Box-Folder 1
    2
    Tall Tales & Short History of Newport, Virginia, 1996
  • Box-Folder 1
    3
    Christiansburg Institute MOU
  • Box-Folder 1
    4
    Fine - Vita Film Review
  • Box-Folder 1
    5
    Giles County Information
  • Box-Folder 1
    6
    Chestnut Tree From P.C. Collection
  • Box-Folder 1
    7
    Roanoke Times ad, 25 years of Appalachian Studies
  • Box-Folder 1
    8
    Pearisburg News, 1999
  • Box-Folder 1
    9
    Budget - The Appalachian Way
  • Box-Folder 1
    10
    The Appalachian Way
  • Box-Folder 1
    11
    God in These Mountains Symposium, 1995
  • Box-Folder 1
    12
    Mountain Life & Work (Magazine), 1984
  • Box-Folder 1
    13
    Appalachian Studies Association
  • Box-Folder 1
    14
    Preserving Community Identity in the New River Valley, 2000
  • Box-Folder 1
    15
    New River Community Partners Work Plan
  • Box-Folder 1
    16
    Newport Conference
  • Box-Folder 1
    17
    VFH Grant Report
  • Box-Folder 1
    18
    Newport Volunteer Project, Perry Mountain
  • Box-Folder 1
    19
    Newport Partnership
  • Box-Folder 1
    20
    Pittston Coal Strike, 1989
  • Box-Folder 1
    21
    Women & Pittston Strike
  • Box-Folder 1
    22
    Fine, "Only a Miner" speech. Coal Mining Day, April 23, 1994
  • Box-Folder 1
    23
    ASPO (Appalachian People's Service Organization)
  • Box-Folder 1
    24
    ASPO (Appalachian People's Service Organization)
  • Box-Folder 1
    25
    Coal Camp Memories - Show
  • Box-Folder 1
    30
    Log of Materials - McCombs (D. McCombs Collection Notes)
  • Box-Folder 1
    34
    Appalachian Way (Student Club)
  • Box-Folder 1
    35
    Spring Time/April In Appalachia
  • Box-Folder 1
    36
    Radford University, Appalachian Regional Studies Center, 1993
  • Box-Folder 1
    37
    Appalachian Studies Newsclippings - Appalachian Way Scrapbook
  • Box-Folder 1
    38
    Fine, Betty: Correspondence & Awards
  • Box-Folder 1
    39
    Correspondence: Knowbler, Alfred, 1994
  • Box-Folder 1
    42
    Various Appalachian Newsletters, 1993-1995
  • Box-Folder 1
    43
    Appalachian Corps
  • Box-Folder 1
    46
    Speer, Jean Correspondence
  • Box-Folder 1
    47
    Newsletter for the Appalachian Teachers Network, "Stitches," 1995
  • Box-Folder 1
    48
    Appalachian Studies Conference Blacksburg, 5th Annual, 1982
  • Box-Folder 1
    49
    Appalachian News, Newsletter
  • Box-Folder 1
    50
    "Consortium News" Appalachian Studies Newsletter, 1982
  • Box-Folder 1
    59
    Wally Inchworm
  • Box-Folder 1
    60
    Greenbrier Ghost: Yolanda Lipinski
  • Box-Folder 1
    62
    Michael Kirkland
  • Box-Folder 1
    63
    Quilting in Appalachia
  • Box-Folder 2
    1
    "Be a Humanities Turkey" Material Culture, Center for Prog. In Humanities
  • Box-Folder 2
    2
    Being a Joines: A Life in the Brush Mtns.
  • Box-Folder 2
    3
    Blacks in Appalachia
  • Box-Folder 2
    4
    Bottom Creek Land Study for Nature Consercancy
  • Box-Folder 2
    5
    Boyd, C. Clifford, Jr; Prehistoric and Hisoric Human Adaptation in Appalachia
  • Box-Folder 2
    6
    Appalachia Voices
  • Box-Folder 2
    7
    Mountain Musicians
  • Box-Folder 2
    8
    Jabbour, Alan; Folklife today on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Box-Folder 2
    9
    Maw's Moonshine Honey
  • Box-Folder 2
    10
    Foodways in Appalachia (ARC)
  • Box-Folder 2
    11
    Ms. Ora & Ms. Etta: Folk History
  • Box-Folder 2
    12
    Parkway Historic Study
  • Box-Folder 2
    13
    Smithsonian Documentation
  • Box-Folder 2
    14
    Appalachian Corps
  • Box-Folder 2
    15
    Wildwood House Museum (WV)
  • Box-Folder 2
    16
    Newport Handouts
  • Box-Folder 2
    17
    Stepping Grant
  • Box-Folder 2
    18
    Stepping Conf. Presenter Vitas & Abstracts, 2001
  • Box-Folder 2
    19
    Stepping Conf. Budget Details
  • Box-Folder 2
    20
    Stepping Conf. Papers
  • Box-Folder 2
    21
    Stepping Conf. Responses & Letters
  • Box-Folder 2
    22
    Stepping Conf. Invitations & CFPs
  • Box-Folder 2
    23
    Stepping Conf. Grants (AA&Vfn), 2001
  • Box-Folder 2
    24
    Stepping Conf. Evaluations, 2001
  • Box-Folder 2
    25
    Stepping Conf. Speakers / Attendees
  • Box-Folder 2
    26
    Conf. Programs Stepping, 2001
  • Box-Folder 2
    27
    Publicity - Stepping
  • Box-Folder 2
    28
    Womens Subcommittee EOIAA, 1987-1988
  • Box-Folder 2
    29
    Report to the President & the Commission for Women, Final Report
  • Box-Folder 2
    30
    Coordinating Council on Women
  • Box-Folder 2
    31
    Proposal: Stepping as AIDS prevention/education
  • Box-Folder 2
    33
    SAHC - Mt. Lake Summit, 2001
  • Box-Folder 2
    34
    Kentland Report, 2005
  • Box-Folder 2
    35
    Peacock-Harper Programs
  • Box-Folder 2
    36
    Mike Two Horses Correspondence
  • Box-Folder 2
    37
    Cultural Resource Center
  • Box-Folder 2
    38
    South Atlantic Humanities Center
  • Box-Folder 2
    39
    Ferris Visit
  • Box-Folder 2
    40
    Humanities Misc., 1999
  • Box-Folder 2
    41
    Humanities Events - Flyers
  • Box-Folder 2
    42
    Virginia Humanities Conference
  • Box-Folder 2
    43
    Labyrinth Walk, 2000
  • Box-Folder 2
    44
    Residential Leadership Community
  • Box-Folder 2
    46
    VFH Grants - Samples
  • Box-Folder 2
    54
    Landon, R. Humanities Center, 1988-1992
  • Box-Folder 2
    55
    Virginia Humanities Conf. Proceedings, 1998
  • Box-Folder 2
    56
    LASC Humanities Consultant Report
  • Box-Folder 2
    57
    Humanities Review
  • Box-Folder 2
    59
    RLC - Leadership
  • Box-Folder 2
    60
    RLC History
Series II: Instruction, Department, and Academic Administrative Materials relating to Virginia Tech
  • Box-Folder 1
    1
    HUM 3464 Original Course Proposal
  • Box-Folder 1
    26
    Appalachian Studies Job Description, one-year position, 1993
  • Box-Folder 1
    27
    Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (1st Summer Term), 1986
  • Box-Folder 1
    28
    Appalachian Studies Foundation, Giving Reports
  • Box-Folder 1
    29
    Appalachian Studies Program, VPI
  • Box-Folder 1
    31
    Appalachian Research at VT
  • Box-Folder 1
    32
    Word Weavers at VT
  • Box-Folder 1
    33
    Dorothy F. McCombs Endowed Scholarship (Donors, Applications, Awards, and Programs)
  • Box-Folder 1
    40
    Appalachian Studies at VT
  • Box-Folder 1
    41
    VT Appalachian Studies Newsletter (Info, Calls, Distri, content)
  • Box-Folder 1
    44
    Survey of Appalachian Students at VT (ARC), 1987
  • Box-Folder 1
    45
    Appalachian Studies Program Description
  • Box-Folder 1
    51
    Mudweek Field Trip
  • Box-Folder 1
    52
    Appalachian Studies Pre-Test
  • Box-Folder 1
    53
    Appalachian Studies, 1998-1999
  • Box-Folder 1
    54
    Prejudice against Appalachians at Virginia Tech
  • Box-Folder 1
    55
    Intro to App. Studies, Syllabus, 1980-1989
  • Box-Folder 1
    56
    Student Reflection
  • Box-Folder 1
    57
    Nellies Cave - Student, 1995
  • Box-Folder 1
    58
    Student Writings
  • Box-Folder 1
    61
    Student Folklore Papers - Appalachian Studies, Spring, 1988
  • Box-Folder 2
    31
    Faculty Speakers Service
  • Box-Folder 2
    45
    American Studies
  • Box-Folder 2
    47
    Center for Humanities 5 Year Review, 1993
  • Box-Folder 2
    48
    Early Promotional Material, Humanities at VT
  • Box-Folder 2
    49
    Humanities Faculty Meetings, 1984
  • Box-Folder 2
    50
    Humanities Student Papers, 2004-2005
  • Box-Folder 2
    51
    Margaret P. Hasselman Research, 2006
  • Box-Folder 2
    52
    Humanities Review, 1986
  • Box-Folder 2
    53
    Humanities & Appalachian Studies Histories
  • Box-Folder 2
    58
    Humanities at VT
  • Box-Folder 2
    61
    Graduate of Masters of Liberal Arts
  • Box-Folder 2
    62
    Development of American Indian Studies
  • Box-Folder 3
    1
    AIS Teleconference Readings, 2005
  • Box-Folder 3
    2
    MA of Liberal Studies - Concepts, 2003
  • Box-Folder 3
    3
    Diversity Certificate, 2005-2006
  • Box-Folder 3
    4
    Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dean's Round Table
  • Box-Folder 3
    5
    Final Report of the Coordinating Council Center of Interdisciplinary Studies, 1995
  • Box-Folder 3
    6
    Native American Studies
  • Box-Folder 3
    7
    Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Governance, April 2000
  • Box-Folder 3
    8
    Case for Interdisciplinary Studies
Series III: Historic Structures at Virginia Tech (mostly Solitude)
  • Box-Folder 3
    9
    Solitude Planning
  • Box-Folder 3
    10
    Solitude Planning - Early
  • Box-Folder 3
    11
    Solitude Correspondence, 1984-1990
  • Box-Folder 3
    12
    Solitude Image Negatives
  • Box-Folder 3
    14
    Yagow Thesis
  • Box-Folder 3
    15
    Solitude History with Interviews, 1987
  • Box-Folder 3
    13
    Solitude Advisory Committee, 1988
  • Box-Folder 3
    16
    Solitude Administration (Jean), 1990-1992
  • Box-Folder 3
    17
    Dendrochrology Report, 1990
  • Box-Folder 3
    18
    Solitude Brochure Award, Strathmore Certificate of Silver, 1991
  • Box-Folder 3
    19
    Solitude Funding, 1991
  • Box-Folder 3
    20
    Solitude Fundraising, 1991-1992
  • Box-Folder 3
    21
    Solitude Fundraising, 1993
  • Box-Folder 3
    22
    Outbuilding Construction
  • Box-Folder 3
    23
    Solitude Historic Structure Report by Gibson Worsham, 1997
  • Box-Folder 3
    24
    Solitude Report
  • Box-Folder 3
    25
    Historical Landmark Celebration, 1994
  • Box-Folder 3
    26
    Solitude Renovation Space Plans, 1995
  • Box-Folder 3
    27
    Fundraiser, Lee Smith & Barter Theatre, September 30, 1998
  • Box-Folder 3
    28
    Solitude Giving Reports, 1997
  • Box-Folder 3
    29
    Solitude-Historic Structures Report, October 1997
  • Box-Folder 3
    30
    Solitude Renovation, 1998
  • Box-Folder 3
    31
    Solitude - Spring, 1998
  • Box-Folder 3
    32
    Boyd, Clifton - Outbuilding Reports
  • Box-Folder 3
    33
    Dedrochronology - Outbuilding Solitude
  • Box-Folder 3
    34
    Solitude Progress, 1999
  • Box-Folder 3
    35
    Solitude Grants, 2000
  • Box-Folder 3
    36
    Roller-Bottimore Foundation, 2000
  • Box-Folder 3
    37
    Solitude Parking Plans, 1995
  • Box-Folder 3
    38
    Solitude Fundraising - Spring, 1997
  • Box-Folder 3
    39
    Class of 1956 Fund for Solitude (est. 2003)
  • Box-Folder 3
    40
    Parsons Foundation - Solitude, 2006
  • Box-Folder 4
    1
    Solitude, 2006-2007
  • Box-Folder 4
    2
    Solitude Resoration, 2008
  • Box-Folder 4
    3
    Solitude, 2009
  • Box-Folder 4
    4
    Historic Structures, Solitude
  • Box-Folder 4
    5
    Solitude Museum Proposal
  • Box-Folder 4
    6
    Solitude, Grand Reopening, 2011
  • Box-Folder 4
    7
    Solitude, 2012
  • Box-Folder 4
    8
    "A Time for Solitude" Publication, 1996-1997
  • Box-Folder 4
    9
    Solitude News Stories
  • Box-Folder 4
    10
    Solitude in the News
  • Box-Folder 4
    11
    Solitude Restoration Kick-off, 2009
  • Box-Folder 4
    12
    Solitude Restoration, Recommendations Set, 2009
  • Box-Folder 4
    13
    Restoration of Solitude: Existing Conditions Analysis, Restoration Plan, and Schematic Design (Advanced Programming Package," 2009
  • Box-Folder 4
    14
    Historic Structures Reports, Solitude
  • Box-Folder 4
    14a
    Draft of Historic Structures Report - Log Outbuilding at Solitude, by Gibson Worsham, 1989-06-29
  • Box-Folder 4
    15
    Solitude - National Register Nomination
  • Box-Folder 4
    16
    National Register of Historic Places - Registration Form
  • Box-Folder 4
    17
    Federal Register Guidelines
  • Box-Folder 4
    18
    "Historic Solitude" by Dr. Fine
  • Box-Folder 4
    19
    National Speakers Forum Committee
  • Box-Folder 4
    20
    VPI&SU Historic Properties
  • Box-Folder 4
    21
    VA Dept. Historic Resources & National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Box-Folder 4
    22
    General Assembly Grant - Solitude
  • Box-Folder 4
    23
    Foundations for Solitude Programs
  • Box-Folder 4
    24
    Dave Belcher
  • Box-Folder 4
    25
    Solitude Articles, "A Time for Solitude"
  • Box-Folder 4
    26
    Notes on Martha Heiskell & Saunders by Terry Lynn Howerd
  • Box-Folder 4
    27
    Restoration Code 208
  • Box-Folder 4
    28
    C.E. Richardson - Solitude Grant
  • Box-Folder 4
    29
    Old Photo Solitude
  • Box-Folder 4
    30
    "Historic Solitude" by Elizabeth Fine, 2003
  • Box-Folder 4
    31
    Solitude Fundraiser, 1999
  • Box-Folder 4
    32
    Architecture Drawing of Solitude
  • Box-Folder 4
    33
    Images - Outbuilding & Prices For K Project
  • Box-Folder 4
    34
    Images, Solitude Interior, 1999
  • Box-Folder 4
    35
    Solitude Restoration Newsletter
  • Box-Folder 4
    36
    Phase I - Restoration, 1999
  • Box-Folder 4
    37
    Solitude Greeting Card, 1994
  • Box-Folder 4
    38
    Solitude Advisory Committee
  • Box-Folder 4
    39
    Solitude Residents
  • Box-Folder 4
    40
    Solitude Residents Interview w/ Doris & Jim Bland
  • Box-Folder 4
    41
    McBride Woodworks, 1990
  • Box-Folder 4
    42
    Solitude Restoration Newsletter & PR
  • Box-Folder 4
    43
    Sorenson, Leni - Ideas for Solitude, 2001
  • Box-Folder 4
    43
    Solitude Report - Original
  • Box-Folder 4
    44
    DVD Solitude Tour Historical Lecture Series
  • Box-Folder 4
    45
    Outbuilding - Solitude Structure Reports
  • Box-Folder 4
    46
    Smithfield Preston Foundation
  • Box-Folder 4
    47
    Fine, Elizabeth, Tour & General Solitude History
  • Box-Folder 4
    48
    Portraits of Prestons, Robert & Mary
  • Box-Folder 4
    49
    Solitude Class Ring 1994 & Preston Portraits, 1994
  • Box-Folder 4
    50
    Dale Bleacher Show
  • Box-Folder 5
    1
    Mildred Ellmore - Solitude
  • Box-Folder 5
    2
    Solitude Slave History
  • Box-Folder 5
    3
    Solitude Slave Cabin in Roanoke Times, 2001
  • Box-Folder 5
    4
    Solitude Historic Structure Bids
  • Box-Folder 5
    5
    People in the Story of Solitude
  • Box-Folder 5
    6
    List of Potential Donors
  • Box-Folder 5
    7
    Solitude Slides - Historic from Gibson Worsham
  • Box-Folder 4
    8
    Solitude Invoices / Estimates
  • Box-Folder 5
    9
    Richard Sanford - Solitude Letters, 1944
  • Box-Folder 5
    10
    Solitude Committee
  • Box-Folder 5
    11
    Guest Lists, Solitude
  • Box-Folder 5
    12
    Outbuilding with Photos and Slides
  • Box-Folder 5
    13
    Termites - Solitude, 1998
  • Box-Folder 5
    14
    Satterwhite, Emily Student Reflections about Solitude
  • Box-Folder 5
    15
    McCormick Farm
  • Box-Folder 5
    16
    Solitude Restoration Newsletter, 1998-1999
  • Box-Folder 5
    17
    Solitude Graphics
  • Box-Folder 5
    18
    "Solitude" A Home of the Past & Present - By Bonnie Blankenship
  • Box-Folder 5
    19
    Palmer Collection
  • Box-Folder 5
    20
    Solitude Fundraising Letters
  • Box-Folder 5
    21
    Solitude Donation
  • Folder 1
    Virginia Tech, Progress Meeting, Advanced Programming for Renovation of Solitude, June 22, 2009
  • Folder 1
    Feasibility Study for Solitude at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, Prepared by Commonwealth Architects 101 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, Virginia (Draft), 2007