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Diana Ruby Sanderson

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PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

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The Arthur S. Link Archives of Warren Wilson College is open to all during the posted public hours and by appointment. 

Reference is limited to the history of Warren Wilson College and its associated institutions and very basic information about Presbyterian Church home missions in western North Carolina.  Questions regarding the history of the Swannanoa Valley, western North Carolina or the Presbyterian Church in general will be referred to more appropriate archives and libraries that can answer those questions.

Reference requests may be received via e-mail, telephone, letter and personal visit.  Please call the Archives for the current public hours (which may change each semester) or check the website under Hours & Directions.  Because the archivist is only on site for 20 hours per week, reference requests may take some time to be fulfilled.  Also, reference requests from within the Warren Wilson community are filled before those of alumni and the general public.    

If you send a request by email, letter or phone, no more than 30 minutes may be devoted to research on that topic.  If your request cannot be fulfilled in that allotted time, you may have to visit the archives to do the research in person. 

How reference findings can be sent to you:
Ÿ Photocopies will be sent of any text or photographic materials through the regular postal service.  Please be sure to include a postal address in the e-mail or phone message.

Ÿ Photographs may be scanned and sent via e-mail (only 1-2 photos) or CDR. The number of photos may be limited, i.e. not every single photograph found.  Photographs will be scanned at 300 dpi and saved/sent as a JPG file.

Mountain Music Archives
Music files from the MMA may be found on the Digital Library of Appalachia (www.dla.org) :  Most of the recordings do NOT have artist release permissions attached to them.  Many of the original artists are deceased and family cannot be located.  If you have found a 30-second clip on the DLA then there is no copyright release.  If you are the artist or the family member of an artist, please contact Diana Sanderson for further information.
            *Full-length clips:  A digital file may be sent to you via an online sending website.  You will be required to sign a Digital File Release Agreement that states you will use the file for your personal use only.  No commercial recordings or releases, even if you re-record it, may be gained from it.  You may receive only one file.
            * Due to copyright protection, no full-length albums can be copied.  You may come to the WWC Archives to listen to the recording on our equipment.
            * About 40% of the total MMA has been digitized.  Under no circumstances can any original magnetic tape recordings be played.  Never ever.

Borrowing Materials:
Only in extremely rare cases will the Archives lend printed materials from the collection from within the WWC community.  Unfortunately, we cannot send any materials to non-campus researchers.   No archival materials—paper, photograph or sound recording—will be loaned for any reason. So don’t ask.