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Help preserve the rich cultural heritage of The John C. Campbell Folk School by supporting the Fain Archives. Named after the generous Fain family, this archive holds invaluable historical treasures from the mid-1920s–when local leader Fred O. Scroggs rallied donations to establish the John C. Campbell Folk School–to today.

The Fain Archives safeguards a diverse range of materials, including letters, maps, audio recordings of traditional music and oral histories, books on ballads and folk songs, and fascinating glimpses into local and regional history of the Folk School. The collection also features captivating photographs by esteemed artist Doris Ulmann, showcasing the beauty and essence of the Appalachian people.

Your support will help the continuation of preserving and digitizing these invaluable artifacts, ensuring that future generations can explore and appreciate the cultural significance of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Join us in our mission to celebrate and honor our heritage while inspiring creativity and understanding among all who visit the Folk School and the Fain Archives. Together, we can preserve the past and illuminate the path to a culturally enriched future. Donate now and make a lasting impact on our community’s legacy.

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Fain Archives

Fain Archives is named for the Fain family of Murphy, North Carolina. In the mid-1920s local resident and shopkeeper, Fred O. Scroggs took an active leadership role in gathering donations of money, land, and labor to help establish the John C. Campbell Folk School. The gifts were documented on file cards which the Folk School refers to as “pledge cards.” The Fain family of Murphy have a “pledge card” in the archives showing that they supported the Folk school in the mmid-1920s. When the first History Center was developed in the mid-1990s, Mary Porter (Fain) Owen made a generous donation to establish the Archives in the name of the entire Fain Family.

The Fain Archives contains letters, maps of southwestern North Carolina, audio recordings of local and regional traditional music and oral histories, books pertinent to ballad and folksong study, and local/regional history and culture. Photographs document the topography of the region, local residents and community events. Significant to the archival collection are photographs by portrait photographer Doris Ulmann, a well-respected artist who included Appalachian people among her interests. Textiles, woodcarvings by the Brasstown Carvers Cooperative, baskets, ironwork, and ephemera are also important to the Folk School’s archival collection.



Travis Southern

Considering himself an “Appalachian-American,” Archivist Travis Souther has a family history rooted in the Southern Appalachians dating back to the 1770s on both sides of his family.  A classically trained archivist and librarian, he earned his Bachelor of Science in History at Appalachian State University in 2006 and his Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015.  His personal interests include many outdoor pursuits as well as presentations and demonstrations at colonial living history events.

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Please contact Development for more information.

John C. Campbell Folk School

Development Office

Barbie White, Development Manager

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724) x39

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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