Guide to the Marguerite Estep Carson Collection, 1977-circa 1989

Summary Information

Title: Marguerite Estep Carson Collection, 1977-circa 1989
Collection: AC.201
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box)

The Marguerite Estep Carson Collection includes one reel-to-reel cassette, one audiocassette, and user and archival copies of Marguerite Carson's slide show about gravestones in the Appalachian region, as well as several articles about her and correspondence about her manuscript, "What Say'd These Stones?"

Creator: Carson, Marguerite Estep

Biographical/Historical Note

Marguerite Estep Carson was from Laurel County, Kentucky. Her husband was Bill Carson. Marguerite Estep Carson studied gravestones in the Appalachian Region. Carson wrote "What say'd these stones?": in appreciation of our Appalachian heritage" and produced a slide show on the subject. The Laurel County Oral History Project contains interviews with Marguerite Carson, dated December 1, 1976 and March 30, 1977 as well as one with William Carson, her husband, dated February 15, 1977 at this website

Scope and Contents

Marguerite Estep Carson Collection consists one reel-to-reel and one audiocassette of Carson's slide program on gravestones and a folder with correspondence about her manuscript "What Say'd These Stones?" and her research for it. The article copies are not complete as the pages cut off some of the text. One letter is from the University Press of Kentucky inquiring about publishing her manuscript.

The recording is only on one side of the audiocassette. It includes a brief introduction without date or location. The primary contents are excerpts from interviews, religious songs and Carson's reading from an unidentified source or sources. The audiocassette contains a low regular beep, which was used to assist the slide projector's advancement. Interviewees discuss burial practices and loss of family.


The Marguerite Estep Carson Collection has no formal organization of the audio materials and the papers are in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance of audio materials is unknown. The accession number is MCT. The articles and correspondence came from David Williams via Pat Beaver about 2003. This collection was opened to the public on 2 January 2004. Additional materials were accessioned as AC.2003.016.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, circa 1994; Kathryn Staley, 2 January 2004; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 1 July 2005; Revised by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.201: Marguerite Estep Carson Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


 Audiocassettes, circa 1987 Box 1
User copies of audiocassettes, circa 1987 Box 1
Correspondence and articles, 1977-1979 Box 1.1