Guide to the Zeb Shook Papers, 1914-1994, undated

Summary Information

Title: Zeb Shook Papers, 1914-1994, undated
Collection: AC.165
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

The Zeb Shook Papers contain Shook's personal correspondence, memoirs, and research materials on Wild Bill Hickok and western North Carolina education, especially Boone Fork Institute and the Stanley McCormick School.

Creator: Shook, Zeb, (Zebulon Vance), 1920-2008

Biographical/Historical Note

Zeb Shook, b. 1920, was the acquisitions librarian at Appalachian State University, formerly Appalachian State Teachers College. He attended Lees McCrae College in Banner Elk and studied to be a teacher. He fought in the Army during World War II.

Boone Fork Institute was a Presbyterian industrial school located in Shull's Mill of Watauga County, North Carolina. Reverend Edward Tufts organized religious classes in 1917. The Old Lenoir Grist Mill was renovated into classrooms and teachers' rooms. In 1920, Reverend Charles G. McKaraher opened the Institute and became its president. The Galax Leaf was the Institute's official newspaper. It was consolidated with another school in 1929.

The Stanley McCormick School was a co-ed preparatory high school in Burnsville, North Carolina. Leroy F. Jackson was director. The school was renamed New Carolina College in ca. 1928 and closed ca. 1929.

Scope and Contents

The Zeb Shook Papers contain materials which Shook researched and his personal correspondence about his life experiences to family members. He researched western North Carolina education, especially Boone Fork Institute and Stanley McCormick School. Shook also studied Wild Bill Hickock and his connection to Watauga County, North Carolina via David C. McCanles and Sarah Shull. His personal papers includes many letters written to his grandchildren, his memoirs, ephemera, and photographs. Research materials includes original letters and school newspapers.


This collection is divided into two series: Personal Papers and Research Materials. The series are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for use without restrictions in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. The original arrangement of the collection was originally made by a cataloger Deborah Bell in 1994. Two additional letters were donated 30 September 2002. This collection was opened to the public on 30 September 2002. A black and white photograph of Zeb Shook was added to the collection in April 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, 1994 and Kathryn Staley, 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, January 2005; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Cynthia Harbeson, April 2013.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.165: Zeb Shook Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers, circa 1960-1994 

Series Description

This series contains Zeb Shook's correspondence with his grandchildren, his memoirs, ephemera, and an interview. Also included are photographs, one of Zeb Shook and two from the Western North Carolina area. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Correspondence, 1986-1994 

Box 1.1-9
Ephemera, 1916-1975, undated  Box 1.10
Interview with Zeb Shook (audiocassette), circa 1970 Box 1.11
Memoir, undated Box 1.12
Photographs, undated Box 1.13
Photograph of Zeb Shook, circa 1960  E1.27

Series II: Research materials, 1914-1957 

Series Description

This series contains research materials Shook collected regarding education in Western North Carolina and Wild Bill Hickok. Boone Fork Institute, Stanley McCormick School, Lees-McRae Institute, and Appalachian State Teachers College are all represented. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Appalachian State Teachers College Alumni Magazine, Spring 1957 

Box 2.1

Boone Fork Institute - Correspondence, 1920-1940 

Box 2.2
Boone Fork Institute - The Galax Leaf, 1922-1925  Box 2.3
Boone Fork Institute - C.G. McKaraher, undated Box 2.4
Boone Fork Institute - C.G. McKaraher interview, undated Box 2.5
Boone Fork Institute - materials, 1927, undated Box 2.6
Lees-McRae Institute - The Pinnacles, 1922 Box 2.7
Stanley McCormick School - Correspondence, 1914-1929, undated Box 2.8
Stanley McCormick School - General Plan, undated  Box 2.9
"Wild Bill" Hickok research, undated  Box 2.10-11
"Wild Bill" Hickok research - photographs, undated Box 2.12