Although little attention is often paid to a book’s cover, the cover can be just as important as the text. This talk will look at books from 1850 – 1915 that show how Appalachians have historically been portrayed on the cover of books.
Stewart Plein is the Assistant Curator of West Virginia Books and Printed Resources and Rare Book Librarian in the West Virginia and Regional History Center, the special collections unit at West Virginia University. She received her BA from Emory & Henry College and her MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Stewart’s research and publishing interests include book history, bookbinding design and Appalachian Studies.