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Concord Alumna Judy Ann Teaford Donates Appalachian Book Collection To Marsh Library

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 21 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

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ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord alumna Judy Ann Teaford has generously donated her extensive collection of Appalachian books to the University’s J. Frank Marsh Library.  This collection has been built up over a lifetime spent immersed in Appalachian literature, as a student, teacher, lecturer and ardent reader.

Teaford’s lifelong engagement with the written word and her deep fascination with her mountain home afforded her the opportunity to build an outstanding collection of books and materials from and about Appalachia, and her love of her alma mater inspired her to donate this substantial collection to Concord’s library.

In addition to nearly 400 books, including works for adults and children’s picture books, the sizeable donation includes dozens of other pieces of memorabilia, including pamphlets, posters, and samples of Teaford’s correspondence with West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

The donated material has been assembled as the Judy Teaford Appalachian Heritage Collection, and is housed on the third floor of the Marsh Library, where it is available for library use.

“This extensive collection of Appalachian literature showcases much of what is wonderful about the region, and the generosity of Judy Ann Teaford is an example of what is best about the people who call it home,” stated Connie Shumate, Director of the Marsh Library.

Teaford graduated from Concord College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She began her teaching career at Marsh Fork High School, where she taught English. She then moved to Beckley Junior High School, where in addition to teaching English, Speech and Drama, she instituted a program that enabled students to present the day’s announcements at the beginning and end of each day via television.

Teaford then started teaching at the College of West Virginia as an adjunct instructor in English. Throughout her career, she has maintained a passionate interest in Appalachian literature, even pursuing her master’s degree from the Marshall University Graduate College with a thesis on contemporary Appalachian picture books.

Her love of the written word and of her home in Appalachia led her to join many professional organizations, including the Appalachian Consortium, the Appalachian Studies Association, and the Appalachian Teachers network, among many others. Teaford has also authored or co-authored several articles on the subject of Appalachian literature, and contributed to The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English.

For additional information about the Judy Teaford Appalachian Heritage Collection contact Connie Shumate at sends e-mail) or 304-384-5366.



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