Guide to the Horton Cooper Papers, undated

Summary Information

Title: Horton Cooper Papers, undated
Collection: AC.173
Extent: 0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Horton Cooper Papers consists of his manuscript, "History of Avery County, North Carolina."

Creator: Cooper, Horton

Biographical/Historical Note

Horton Edward Cooper (April 3, 1892-January 15, 1986) was an historian and author of History of Avery County (Biltmore Press, 1964) and North Carolina Mountain Folklore and Miscellany (Johnson Pub. Co., c1972).  He was a native of Avery County, North Carolina and a veteran of World War I.  He served the public schools of North Carolina for fifty-five years as a teacher and administrator. 

Horton Cooper was born at Frank, North Carolina, in Roaring Creek Township, Avery County, North Carolina to William Isaac and Dicie Lucretia (Buchanan) Cooper, on April 3, 1892. At the time, his birthplace was part of Mitchell County, North Carolina. (Avery County was formed in 1911.) Near the end of World War I as an enlisted man, he attended officer's training school, and earned a second lieutenant's commission, but because of the armistice at the end of World War I the commission was not issued. After returning to civilian life he married Minnie Bentley and began a career teaching in the public schools. Horton and Minnie had two sons, Edward and Kermit. Minnie passed away in 1962. Horton lived until January 15, 1986. Horton and Minnie are buried at the Green Buchanan Cemetery, Minneapolis, North Carolina.

(Biography by Brian York, May 13, 2009)

Scope and Contents

The Horton Cooper Papers include the typed manuscript for History of Avery County, North Carolina. Title page, preface, contents, twelve chapters and the appendix are included. The published version varies distinctively from the manuscript version.


The collection is housed in two folders, arranged numerically by page number.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research without restrictions in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 1 October 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell; Kathryn Staley, 1 October 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, June 2005

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.173: Horton Cooper Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


 History of Avery County, North Carolina, pp. 1-101 Folder 1
 History of Avery County, North Carolina, pp. 102-213 Folder 2