Guide to the I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, 1983 - 1999, undated

Summary Information

Title: I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, 1983 - 1999, undated
Collection: AC.126
Extent: 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
Abstract:

The I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers document community life in twentieth century Valle Crucis, a small community in Watauga County, North Carolina. The collection consists of 46 oral history interviews recorded on 41 audiocassettes, research notes, news clippings and other materials Hughes used in the creation of his two books, Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place and  My Valle Crucis: The Thirties.

Creator: I. Harding Hughes, Jr., 1923-2009

Biographical/Historical Note

Israel Harding Hughes, Jr., (d. August 18, 2009) wrote Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place (1995) and  My Valle Crucis: The Thirties (2002). Hughes was born June 5, 1923, in Greensboro, NC, to Israel Harding and Josephine Bowen Hughes. In 1925, his parents built a house, "Tapawingo," in Valle Crucis and the family spent the summers there during the 1930s. After graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January 1944, Hughes was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve. He served in WWII aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Moore. In May, 1946, he retired from active duty. In 1948, he graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a Master's in Public Administration. Hughes worked for the cities of Flint, Michigan, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Aiken, S.C., before becoming the city manager in Durham, N.C., a position he held from 1963-1977.

Valle Crucis, North Carolina, is an unincorporated community located in central Watauga County, North Carolina, near the junction of Dutch Creek and Watauga River. Its name is Latin for "Valley of the Cross," because of the shape of the 600 acre Watauga River valley. Valle Crucis is the home of the nineteenth century Episcopal mission and several historic general stores, including the Mast General Store. Hughes' father and grandfather were Episcopal priests with connections to the community, which was established as an Episcopal mission in 1842.

Scope and Contents

The I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers include 46 oral history interviews Hughes conducted from 1983 through 1999, related documents including typed transcriptions of four interviews, and five "due bills," tokens issued by the Valle Crucis Company, Inc. for barter.

Series I: Interviews, 1983-1999 consists of 46 oral history interviews recorded on 41 audiocassettes and one CD listening copy of the interview with Rosa Townsend Green (audiocassette 14). The audiocassettes are arranged alphabetically according to the interviewee's last name and is labeled with a cassette number (1-41). The interview with Rosa Townsend Green has been copied to CD and is available for listening use in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Series II: Related Documents includes textual materials Hughes collected and created while writing his two books. Subseries A: Biographical Notes on Interviewees contains Hughes' notes on the individuals he interviewed. Subseries B: Transcripts contains typed transcriptions of four interviews. Series C: Clippings contains approximately 30 news clippings and magazine stories about Valle Crucis landmarks, people, and history.

Series III: Valle Crucis Company Due Bills consists of five due bills, or tokens, and handwritten notes describing their use on two index cards. The Valle Crucis Company, Inc., also known as Farthing's Store, was operated by Richard Aubyn Farthing from 1914 to 1952.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Interviews, Related Documents, and Valle Crucis Company Due Bills.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections. Use of audiovisual materials requires the creation of a user copy, if none exists. The user copy will be maintained as part of the collection. Researchers desiring a user copy for their own use outside of the repository should consult the Application for Duplication of Closed Collection Materials information on the Special Collections website.

Acquisitions Information

I. Harding Hughes, Jr., donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection on July 10, 2002. The accession number was AC.2002.016. This collection was opened to the public on July 15, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, July 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer, April 2005; Revised by Simms Toomey, February 2010

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.126: I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Interviews, 1983-1999 

Series Description

Series I: Interviews consists of 46 oral history interviews recorded on 41 audiocassettes. The audiocassettes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee's last name and, in the case of multiple interviews with a single person, chronologically thereunder according to date recorded on the cassette label. The alphabetical arrangement is interrupted occasionally when interviews with two different individuals are recorded on the same audiocassette (e.g. audiocassette 5, which contains a 28 May 1997 interview with George Byrd and a 29 May 1997 interview with Ralph Tilden).

Subseries A: Audiocassettes, 1983-1999
 

Tape 1: Dr. Harvard Ayers, September 7, 1990  Box 1.1
Tape 2: D. Franklin Baird and Wilma Baird, August 11, 1988  Box 1.2
Tape 3: D. Franklin Baird and Wilma Baird, October 6, 1990  Box 1.3
Tape 4: Charles F. Blanchard, March 17, 1999 Box 1.4
Tape 5: Side A: A ride up Clarks Creek with George Byrd (tape counter 0-307), May 28, 1997
Side A: Ralph Tilden (tape counter 307-end), May 29, 1997 
Side B: Ralph Tilden, May 29, 1997
Box 1.5
Tape 6: James S. Byrd, September 11, 1989  Box 1.6
Tape 7: Jim Byrd (2nd interview), August 23, 1990  Box 1.7
Tape 8: W. Howell Cook and Catherine Taylor Cook, September 22, 1989 Box 1.8
Tape 9: Side A: Emily Cheshire Dockery, February 13, 1998
Side B: Ruppin Smith, February 14, 1998
Box 1.9
Tape 10: Side A: Anne M. Drury, June 14, 1996
Side B: Martha "Marcie" Tilden Hay, March 20, 1997
Box 1.10
Tape 11: Frances Farthing, August 25, 1997 Box 1.11
Tape 12: Roberta Burkett "Pat" Farthing, May 14, 1998 [user copy available] Box 1.12
Tape 13: Beatrice Shull Glenn, July 13, 1989 Box 1.13
Tape 14: Rosa Townsend Green, September 7, 1990 [user copy available] Box 1.14
Tape 15: James Monroe Herman, May 27, 1997 [user copy available] Box 1.15
Tape 16: Side A: Ralph D. Jones, August 26, 1997 
Side B: David Hollar, August 27, 1997
Box 1.16
Tape 17: Ann Shull Leake and Wilhelmina Shull (first half), September 22, 1984 Box 1.17
Tape 18: Ann Shull Leake and Wilhelmina Shull (second half), September 22, 1984 Box 1.18
Tape 19: Side A: Isaac Hall Manning, Jr., October 29, 1986 
Side B: George Washington Byrd, April 8, 1997
Box 1.19
Tape 20: David Franklin Mast, October 3, 1991 Box 1.20
Tape 21: Phil Hale Mast, May 2, 1989 Box 1.21
Tape 22: H. W. Mast, Jr., and Mary Farthing Mast, March 19, 1997 Box 1.22
Tape 23: Gillis Bivins Mitchell, June 2, 1991  Box 1.23
Tape 24: Harding Hughes' August 1983 interview with Sue Taylor Murry and Nancy Taylor about early memories of Valle Crucis, August 1983 Box 1.24
Tape 25: Thomas T. Shook and Ada Mitchell Shook, July 12, 1989 Box 1.25
Tape 26: Bill Smith, August 26, 1988  Box 1.26
Tape 27: Bill Smith (second interview) and Hester Byrd Smith, September 19, 1988 Box 1.27
Tape 28: Gilbert Taylor, June 27, 1990 Box 1.28
Tape 29: Gilbert Taylor (continued), June 27, 1990  Box 1.29
Tape 30: Gilbert Smith Taylor, October 24, 1996 Box 1.30
Tape 31: Henry Taylor, August 22, 1987 Box 1.31
Tape 32: Nina Mae Church Taylor, September 13, 1989 Box 1.32
Tape 33: Side A: Nina Mae Church Taylor, August 27, 1990
Side B: Anna Mae Cook Reid, September 17, 1998
Box 1.33
Tape 34: Side A: C. Mack Townsend, November 7, 1996
Side B: Reba Coffey Townsend, November 7, 1996
Box 1.34
Tape 35: Fate Townsend, August 29, 1988 Box 2.1
Tape 36: Fate Townsend (copy), August 29, 1988 Box 2.2
Tape 37: Godfrey Cheshire, Jr., February 28, 1997 Box 2.3
Tape 38: Roy Townsend, July 11, 1989 Box 2.4
Tape 39: Ruth Smith Welch, August 21, 1990 Box 2.5
Tape 40: Allie Herman Yates, August 8, 1988 [user copy available] Box 2.6
Tape 41: Allie Hemran Yates, October 2, 1991 [user copy available] Box 2.7

 
Subseries B: User Copies (CDs), 1988-1998
 

Roberta Burkett "Pat" Farthing (Tape 12), May 14, 1998 Box 2.8
Rosa Townsend Green (Tape 14), September 7, 1990 Box 2.9
James Monroe Herman (Tape 15), May 27, 1997 Box 2.10
Allie Herman Yates (Tape 40), August 12, 1988 Box 2.11
Allie Herman Yates (Tape 41), October 2, 1991 Box 2.12
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Series II: Related Documents, 1983-1996, undated 

Series Description

Series II: Related Documents includes textual materials Hughes collected and created while writing his two books. Subseries A: Biographical Notes on Interviewees contains Hughes' notes on the individuals he interviewed. Subseries B: Transcripts contains typed transcriptions of four interviews. Series C: Clippings contains approximately 30 news clippings and magazine stories about Valle Crucis landmarks, people, and history.

Subseries A: Biographical Notes on Interviewees

 

Biographical Notes on Interviewees Box 3.1

 

Subseries B: Transcripts

 

Harvard Ayers Box 3.2
Anne Shull Leake and Wilhelmina Shull   Box 3.3
Sue Murry and Nancy Taylor  Box 3.4
William Taylor  Box 3.5

 

Subseries C: Clippings

 

Clippings   Box 3.6
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Series III: Valle Crucis Company, Inc. Due Bills, undated 

Series Description

Series III: Valle Crucis Company Due Bills consists of five due bills, or tokens, and handwritten notes describing their use on two index cards. The Valle Crucis Company, Inc., also known as Farthing's Store, was operated by Richard Aubyn Farthing from 1914 to 1952.

Five due bills, tokens issued by the Valle Crucis Company, Inc., or Farthing's Store, for barter at the general store Richard Aubyn Farthing operated from 1914-1952 in Valle Crucis  Box 3.7
Handwritten notes (written by Farthing's daughter-in-law, Mildred Mast Farthing, and Hughes) about the due bills on two index cards  Box 3.7