Author Jeannette Walls on The Glass Castle (video): CBS News Sunday Morning segment with Walls about her upbringing in Welch, W. Va., which was anything but conventional. Her bestselling memoir, The Glass Castle, is now a film. CBS, 2017.
Jeannette Walls: The Glass Castle (video): An IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series video presentation of Walls speaking about how writing her novel transformed her feelings of shame. Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Helmke Library, 2014.
Portraits and Dreams (video): Portraits and Dreams revisits the photographs created by Kentucky school children in the 1970s.The film is about the students, their work as visionary photographers, the lives they have made since then and the passage of time. Public Broadcasting Service Distribution, 2020. From PSCC Films on Demand.
A Hidden America: Children of the Plains (video): ABC News program that visits the Pine Ridge Reservation to report on the reservation’s problems with poverty and alcoholism and to meet with some remarkable children who are striving to break through its culture of despair. American Broadcasting Corporation, 2011. From PSCC Films on Demand.
Wintertime in Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries, Morgantown West Virginia.
'Blowed Out', McDowell County, W. Va. ca. 1930 West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries, Morgantown West Virginia.
Caretta Hollow, McDowell County, W.V. ca. 1948 West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries, Morgantown West Virginia.
East End Residence Section: Welch, W.V. West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries, Morgantown West Virginia.
Welch, West Virginia, 1974 David Plowden, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago.
"Welch, West Virginia" Library of Congress Photographs, audio, and other materials from the Library of Congress online collections.
Connected: The County that Built the Country (video): Once one of the wealthiest counties in America and home to the first billion dollar company, McDowell has been called the county that built the country. But with most coal mines closed, it is now among the poorest places, and suffers the shortest life expectancy and highest death rate from opioids of all 3,142 counties in the USA. Public Broadcasting Service, 2021.
Adult Children of Alcoholics: A Family Secret (video): Famous adult children of alcoholics speak about the difficulties of coping with the damage inflicted by an alcohol-centered childhood. WBZ-TV, 1990. From PSCC Films on Demand.
Circle of Recovery: Healing the Wounds of Drugs and Alcohol (video): Program that provides candid portrait of seven African-American men all recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and their efforts to heal through a voluntary recovery group they formed. Doctoroff Media Group, 1991. From PSCC Films on Demand.
Pledge card, Total Abstinence Association, location unknown, 1870s: Total Abstinence Association Pledge Card, from Ephemera Collection at Historic New England.
[A family losing their possessions after the husband turns to drink] Print shows debt collectors, on the left, removing the possessions of a destitute family; the wife/mother and the children are on the right with the husband/father who is sitting before the fireplace, drinking and smoking. Library of Congress, between1830-1860.
Warning: These materials may be disturbing for viewers.
Boys and Men Healing From Child Sexual Abuse (video): Powerful documentary which reveals the epidemic of sexual abuse of boys and its impact on both the individuals and their families through first-hand accounts from adult men survivors. Big Voice Pictures, 2011. From Alexander Street Videos.
Boyhood Shadows: "I Swore I'd Never Tell" (video): Film which explores the issue of sexual abuse through the voices of grown men who speak out about their experiences. Landmark Media Inc., 2010. From Alexander Street Videos.
Bedlam: Through intimate stories of patients, families, and medical providers, BEDLAM immerses us in America’s national crisis surrounding care of the severely mentally ill. Ro*Co Films, 2019. From Alexander Street Videos.
Animated Minds: Multi-award-winning collection of eight 3- to 6-minute micro-documentaries attempts to communicate the subjective experience of abnormal psychological states by blending animation with narration by people who live each day with debilitating mental conditions. Digital Rights Group Limited, 2011. From PSCC Films on Demand.
CDC-Kaiser ACE Study: The CDC-Kaiser Permanente adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being. This website contains the study questionnaires, data, and statistics.
Take the ACE Quiz - And Learn What it Does and Doesn't Mean: Article with link to ACE Quiz. National Public Radio, 2015.