We Still Scream: The Mountain Eagle/Tom and Pat Gish Archives


Appalshop seeks to create public and scholarly access to the historic paper and mixed media archives of the crusading publishers Tom and Pat Gish and The Mountain Eagle newspaper. This regional weekly in rural Appalachia is a nationally recognized model of journalistic courage, commitment to community and investigative reporting, and holding power to account in strained economic circumstances. The collaborative project will assess at-risk materials, create a catalog record and series-level finding aid in EAD format, and develop an outreach plan for access. The accessible collection will be useful across scholarly disciplines, reaching a wide user base via OCLC, Archive Grid, and sites such as Kentucky Digital Library.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



Appalshop, Inc.


  • Ms. Caroline Rubens (Appalshop)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Barret

Collaborating Institution(s)

The Mountain Eagle

Date Range

1957 - 2005

Geographic Scope

The materials cover the town of Whitesburg, KY, Letcher County, KY, state of Kentucky, central Appalachia and covers a national range as well.


  • 365 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Artwork (Including Original Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Etc.), Audio (Including Speech And Music), Audiovisual, Book (Including Serials), Dataset (Paper Based Or Electronic), Ephemera, Image, Text (Including Electronic Texts)