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Charles and Nan Perdue papers

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2022-0120

Content Description

This collection contains notes, articles, indexes and descriptions, correspondence, periodicals, interviews, clippings, manuals, guides, photographs, books, manuscripts, typescripts, conference papers, scripts, syllabi, reports, lesson plans, reel-to-reel, floppy zip disks, audio cassettes, wax cylinders, optical disks documenting the life and work of Charles and Nan Perdue. Charles "Chuck " Perdue, was a UVA faculty member and anthropologist and Nan Perdue was a scholar-in-residence in UVA’s Anthropology Department. They worked together for 36 years on the faculty there. They oversaw and advised students, who did extensive fieldwork in the communities around Greene county and elsewhere. The Perdue's also edited “Talk About Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression,” published in 1996. They also researched the displacement of residents from the area where the Shenandoah National Park was established. Broad topics include Biographical Materials; Family Materials and Genealogical Research; “Talk About Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression project materials, Academic and Folkloric Articles, Presentations, and Research; Shenandoah National Park Displacement manuscript and research, Teaching; and Folklore Society Materials.

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Gift of Marc and Martin Perdue, 1 February 2021.

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Boxes 21, 23, and 43 are restricted and require archivist review as boxes contain personally identifiable information and materials protected under FERPA and HIPPA. Original digital media and audiovisual formats such as LPs, audiocassettes, videotapes, films, etc. cannot be handled directly by patrons. Appointments must be made to request these items. In most cases, materials must be reformatted before they can be accessed, sometimes at the researcher’s expense. Please use our online reference request form ( to request access to these materials or for further information.


  • Creation: c. 1900-2010



118.2 Cubic Feet (97 cubic boxes, 53 document boxes (letter))

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Biographical Materials: Subseries A: Charles L. Perdue’s High School and College Writing and Ephemera; Box numbers: 22, 36, 69, 72. Subseries B: Charles L. Perdue’s Pocket Calendars and Expense Record Journals; Box numbers: 36, 37. Family Materials and Genealogical Research: Subseries A: Personal ephemera, correspondence, and photographs; Box numbers: 26, 29, 43,49, 51, 58, 65, 67. Subseries B: Charles L. Perdue and Nancy J. Martin-Perdue’s biographical and genealogical research; Box numbers: 40-43, 47-49, 51, 53, 57-59, 68, 70, 72 Series 3: Talk About Trouble: A New Deal Portrait of Virginians in the Great Depression Research and writing related to the Works Project Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA); Box numbers: 65, 68, 71, 98-150. Academic and Folkloric Articles, Presentations, and Research: Subseries A: Teaching Documents, Virginia Folklife Materials, Presentations and Review; Box numbers 19-27, 27, 57-60,73, and 76 . Subseries B: Book manuscripts; Box numbers: 35-39, 44-47, 57-58, 63, 68-69, 71-72. Shenandoah National Park displacement manuscripts & research documents; Box numbers 1-9, 27-36, 50-51, 53-56, 59-62, 64, 72. Teaching: Subseries A: Student Essays; Box Numbers: 9-18. Subseries B: Course materials: Box numbers: 1, 13, 19, 22, 23, 27, 28, 36, 40, 47, 49, 51. Folklore Society Materials: Subseries A: The Virginia Folklore Society (VFS) documents and ephemera; Box Numbers 2, 44, 46, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54,55, 56, 72. Subseries B: Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW) documents and ephemera; Box Numbers: 8, 50. Subseries C: The American Folklore Society (AFS) documents and ephemera; Box numbers 24-25, 46. Audiovisual materials: Box numbers:74, 75, 77-97