Guide to the William Stewart Scott Papers, 1947-2003, undated

Summary Information

Title: William Stewart Scott Papers, 1947-2003, undated
Collection: AC.215
Extent: 5.5 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 records carton, 4 CD boxes, 22 boxes in cold storage)

This collection, the William Stewart Scott Papers, includes the photographs and memoirs of Stewart Scott, a West Jefferson, North Carolina resident. Mr. Scott was born near Mill Creek in Ashe County, NC, and spent much of his life in Ashe County. He began taking photographs when he returned from World War II, and continued for over 40 years until his death in 2004. The collection contains family photographs, landscapes, and photographs of flora and fauna in the Ashe County area.

Creator: Scott, William Stewart, 1915-2004

Biographical/Historical Note

William Stewart Scott was born on January 22, 1915 in Mill Creek, North Carolina. During his early life, his family moved around North Carolina quite a bit, however, spent most of their time in Mill Creek or in Boone. Stewart's father, W.H. Scott was a carpenter, farmer, and teamster who spent much of the week working, to return home on the weekends to be with his family. Stewart was the 2nd of eight children; he had five brothers and two sisters.

As a child, Stewart spent his summers outdoors with his older brother Charles, doing chores, playing games, or exploring the wilderness around his home. When the family moved to Boone, Stewart developed a love for sports, particularly football and basketball. In his childhood, Stewart became an avid hunter and trainer of beagles, a hobby he retained throughout the remainder of his life.

In 1933, Stewart graduated from Boone High School and entered college in Appalachian State Teacher's College (ASTC). He paid for his college by working on the campus and working during the summers. However, at the end of the first quarter of his freshman year, Stewart decided to leave school and went to work at Smithey's Store in town to help pay off his father's debt. The Depression made work hard and jobs scarce. Stewart soon discovered that he didn't enjoy working at Smithey's, so he returned to school for the Spring Quarter.

Stewart had fond memories of a summer spent working for the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt to help stimulate the economy and bring an end to the Depression. For the summer of 1934, Stewart lived in army barracks, wore army clothes, and ate government food while building roads and clearing land in the community of Barnardsville (12 miles north of Asheville).

After working for the CCC for almost a year, Stewart returned to ASTC and earned his BS degree in Elementary Education in 1938. While a student at ASTC, Stewart was involved in sports, but was known for being a member of the wrestling team. Stewart thought very highly of his coach, and like many, agreed the reason for the team's success was Coach Watkin's conditioning. Upon graduation, Stewart took a job teaching at Troutman School, a boy's school east of Statesville. He taught there for three years until he was drafted in May 1941.

Stewart went to boot camp in Ft. Bragg in Georgia. After boot camp, Stewart was promoted to corporal and went on to train solders who had flunked out of basic training. Spurned on by conflict with his company commander, Stewart applied to Officer's Training School was transferred to Fort Benning. Stewart wrote the "day when I was commissioned by the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, an officer in the army it was the proudest day of my life" (Memoirs, 35). Stewart was assigned to the 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F, with whom he spent the early part of World War II. Stewart and his unit fought in Europe at D-Day where he was wounded by artillery fire and sent to recover in England.

Following his recovery, Stewart went back to the front lines, this time to serve with E Company as company commander. A short time later, Stewart was wounded again, this time in the left shoulder and arm. He returned to England for recovery. Stewart was put on restricted duty, meaning he could no longer return to the front, so he spent the remainder of the war primarily on basic training in a small village near Reims, France.

Stewart returned home and was discharged from the army in January 1946, at which time he took a position teaching at West Jefferson Elementary School. He took a break from teaching to start a logging business, but returned within a few months to teaching. While at West Jefferson, he met a young teacher, Sallie Miller, and they began dating and were married November 11, 1946. Stewart's hobby of photography began shortly after his marriage to Sallie. Their first child, Katrina C. Scott, was born on November 18, 1947. They also had two other children, Ann and Danny. The family was a frequent subject for Stewart and he often had Katrina pose for photos.

Stewart spent his career teaching and working as a principal in several different schools in western North Carolina. Stewart received a Masters of Education degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. As his children reached their teenage years, Stewart and Sallie both got jobs at Lansing Elementary School. During the move, however, Stewart suffered from a serious heart attack and was unable to work for the remainder of his career.

Throughout his retirement, Stewart maintained his love of photography. He and his wife Sallie took several trips, upon which he took photographs of everything that pleased him. Stewart also continued his search for the perfect beagle, raising and training them for hunting and tracking. Throughout his life he was faithful to the church and at the time of his death served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Friendly Grove Baptist Church in West Jefferson. Stewart passed away at the age of 89 on February 29, 2004.

Written by Katie Gray, 2004

Scope and Contents

Originally in albums and slide carousels, this collection of photographs, predominately color and black & white, slides, and negatives has been moved to archival envelopes and folders, keeping as much as possible to original order by subject and/or date if known.

The photographs were taken by Scott over a fifty year period, and consist of shots of many landscapes and vistas, vacation scenes, family and friends' gatherings, animals, and buildings.

In 2002-2003, Mr. Scott was interviewed by Michael Sheridan and Anna Bauguess. 68 Cassettes of these interviews about his photographs and life are part of this collection, to be digitized soon for public access. Transcriptions of some of the tapes are filed in Box 1. The interview cassettes have been digitized into user CD and archival copies, located in boxes 11-14.


This collection was kept in as close to the original order of photos and negatives as possible when a subject and/or date was given. Some of the unknown undated items were filed together. When photographs were removed from albums, they were filed together in archival envelopes.

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. Photographs and negatives are housed in cold storage and require advance notice for use.

Acquisitions Information

William Stewart Scott donated this collection on July 8, 2002. It was accessioned as AC.2002.014.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, December 2012. This collection was processed 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.215: William Stewart Scott Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Interviews and Photo Descriptions, by Michael Sheridan and Anna Bauguess, 2002-2003

1 1

Memoirs, (Original) William Stewart Scott, ca. 1986

1 2

Memoirs, (Transcribed Copies) William Stewart Scott, ca. 1986

1 3

Transcripts of Diskette (Box 11), Photo Inventories and Interview by Anna Bauguess, 2003

1 4

Cassettes (68) & 1 diskette, circa 2002


Negatives, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenes, 1999-2000, undated

3 1

Negatives, Assorted Dated, 1975-2002

3 2

Negatives, Assorted, undated

3 3

Negatives, Assorted, undated

3 4

Negatives, Lansing, NC Elementary School Events, April 21 & December 17, 1975

3 5

Negatives, Washington, DC, undated

3 6

Negatives, Wedding (probably Scott's Daughter), undated

3 7

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (A-C), 1993-2002, undated

4 1

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (D-F), 1997-1999, undated

4 2

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (G-H), 1974-2002, undated

4 3

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (I-P), 1975-1999, undated

4 4

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (Q-S), 1974-2001, undated

4 5

Negatives, Assorted with Partial Identification and/or Date (T-Z), 1947-2002, undated

4 6

Negatives & Photos, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenes, 2002

4 7

Negatives & Photos, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenes, 2001

4 8

Negatives & Photos, Charleston, SC Trip & Sights, May 1998

4 9

Negatives & Photos, Assorted Fall Scenes, undated

5 1

Negatives & Photos, Farm Scenes, Ashe County, NC, 2002

5 2

Negatives & Photos, Farm Scenes & Views from Mt. Jefferson, Ashe County, NC, 1996

5 3

Negatives & Photos, Assorted Flower Shots, undated

5 4

Negatives & Photos, Grandfather Mountain & Price Lake, NC, August-September 2001

5 5

Negatives & Photos, Grandfather Mountain, undated

5 6

Negatives & Photos, Grandfather Mountain-Parkway Scenes, undated

5 7

Negatives & Photos, NW North Carolina-Cherokee, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, October 2001

5 8

Negatives & Photos, Sallie Scott & Views near Todd, NC, 2001

5 9

Negatives & Photos, Assorted Scenes, 1996

5 10

Negatives & Photos, South Port, NC Vacation, October 1994

5 11

Slides, Assorted and Scenic Views, 1961-1992, undated

5 12

Slides, Inside House Shots, January 1979

5 13

Slides, Scott Family Members, 1961-1966, undated

5 14

Slides, Set 1-Fall & Variety, Chainsaw Sculpture, Still Life, 1984

6 1

Slides, Set 2-Summer Scenes, 1975-1979

6 2

Slides, Set 3-Birds and Winter Snow & Bible Copies, 1981

6 3

Slides, Set 4-Robins, Frescoes, Old Church, Scenes, New River, 1981

6 4

Slides, Set 5-Animals, the Frescoes, the Mountains, 1975-1981

6 5

Slides, Set 6-New River & other Streams of Water, 1975-1981

6 6

Slides, Set 7-Winter Scenes, 1975-1981

6 7

Slides, Set 8-New River & other Streams of Water #2, 1975-1979

6 8

Slides, Set 9-Domestic Flowers, Log Cabin, Stony Pt. Falls, 1971-1981

6 9

Slides, Set 10-Autumn Scenes, 1975-1981

6 10

Slides, Set 11-Still Life, Mt. Rogers, Old Barn, Peak, 1978-1986

6 11

Slides, Set 12-Northwestern Tour #1, Rocking R Tour, Yellowstone, Red Woods, Seattle & Portland, 1986

6 12

Color and b&w enlargements (48), some identified on backs, undated


Color enlargements (71), undated


Photos & Negatives, unknown, 2003

9 1

Photos, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenes, 2003

9 2

Photos, Beagles, Birds and Scenic Views, 2003

9 3

Photos, Winter & Spring, Ashe County, NC, February-May 2003

9 4

Photos, Scenic Views, Ashe County, NC, August-Sept. 2002

9 5

Photos, Scenic Views, Animals and Grandfather Mtn, January-May 2002

9 6

Photos, Farm Animals, 2002

9 7

Photos, Views of Appalachian State University Buildings/Views, 2002

9 8

Photos, Assorted Views & Ashe Memorial Hospital, 2002

9 9

Photos, Assorted River & Mountain Views, 2002

9 10

Photos, Ashe County, NC Views, October-December 2001

9 11

Photos, Ashe County, NC Views, January-September, 2001

9 12

Photos, Fall, Horses and Grandfather Mtn. Views, 2001

9 13

Photos, Beagles and Views, Ashe County, NC, 2000

9 14

Photos, Fall Scenes, Ashe County, NC, October-December 1999

9 15

Photos, Ashe County, NC, January-September 1999

9 16

Photos, Scenic Views, October-December 1998

9 17

Photos, Various Views, January-September 1998

9 18

Photos, Assorted Ashe County, NC, 1997-2003

9 19

Photos, Various Scenic Views and Mr. Scott, 1997

9 20

Photos, Assorted Scenes, 1995

9 21

Photos, Assorted, 1976-1989, undated

9 22

Photos, Ashe County, NC Fall Scenes, undated

10 1

Photos, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenery, undated

10 2

Photos, Assorted Scenes in Ashe County, NC, undated

10 3

Photos & Negatives, Assorted Ashe County, NC Scenes, undated

10 4

Photos & Negatives, Assorted Ashe County, NC, undated

10 5

Photos & Negatives, Views in Ashe County, NC, undated

10 6

Photos & Negatives, Assorted Ashe County, NC, undated

10 7

Photos & Negatives, Ashe County, NC, undated

10 8

Photos & Negatives, Ashe County, NC, undated

10 9
  Box Folders

Photos, from Brown Album, Mostly Fall & Beach Scenes (Pts, 1-7), undated

10 10-16
  Box Folder

Photos & Negatives, Fall Scenes in Ashe County, NC, undated

10 17-18

Photos, B&W, Assorted Rich Hill Community, Ashe County, NC, undated

10 19

Photos & Negatives, Assorted Flowers and Scenery, undated

10 20

Photos & Negatives, Views along New River, Railroad Grade Rd in Fleetwood, NC and others, undated

10 21

Photos, Assorted Scenes, undated

10 22

Photos & Negatives, Unknown, undated

10 23

User CD Copies of Interview Cassettes, 1-55 and Word Documents User CD, 2003


User CD Copies of Interview Cassettes 56-68, 2003


Archival CD Copies of Interview Cassettes 1-24, 2003


Archival CD Copies of Interview Cassettes 25-48, 2003


Archival CD Copies of Cassettes 49-68, 2003


Slide Carousel unnumbered, Various, September 1975-September 1982, undated

15 1

Slide Carousel #7, People, May 1975-January 1980, undated

15 2

Slide Carousel #8, Wildflowers, November 1961-October 1988, undated

15 3

Slide Carousel #11, Buildings, July 1978-October 1979, undated

15 4

Slide Carousel #13, Still Life and Nature, August 1971-June 1986, undated

15 5

Slide Carousel, Untitled, Flowers and Scenery, 1987-1989

15 6

Slide Carousel, New River Gorge and Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, 1981-1989

15 7

Slides, Northwestern Tour #2 with Richmond, VA, etc., 1979-1988

15 8

Slides, Summer Scenes Tray #2, 1975-1982

15 9

Slides, Autumn Scenes, 1975-1978, undated

15 10

Slides, Tray 15-Fall Scenes 1980 and Canadian Trip 1989, 1980-1989

15 11

Photos, Color and Black and White, 8"x10"s from Books 14, 18, and 19, circa 1946-2002, undated

16 1

Photos, Color, 8"x10" from Book 37, undated

16 2

Photo, Black and White, 8"x10", From Book 46, Four Unidentified Men, undated

16 3

Photo, Color, 8"x10", From Book 55, Copied Picture, and from Book 56, Fall Scene, unidentified Location, undated

16 4

Photos, removed from Books 1, 3a and 4, Original Order, 1999-2002, undated


Photos, Binder 3b with Index, 1987


Photos, removed from Books 5, 6 and 7, Original Order, 1997, undated


Photos, removed from Books 8, 9, 11 and 12, Original Order, 1982-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 13, 14, 15 and 16, Original Order with Old Family Photos in 16, circa 1920's-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 17, 18, 19 and 20, Original Order, 1985-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 23, 30 and 31, Original Order, 1982-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 32, 33, 34 and 36, Originial Order, 1915-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 37, 40, 41, 42, 43 and part of 44, Original Order, 1960-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 44 (part), 45, 46, 47 and 48, Original Order, circa 1940's-2002, undated


Photos, removed from Books 49, 50, 51, 52 and 53, Original Order, 1987-2001, undated


Photos, removed from Books, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 58, Original Order, undated