Guide to the "Watauga County Times...Past" Records, circa 1900-1990, undated

Summary Information

Title: "Watauga County Times...Past" Records, circa 1900-1990, undated
Collection: AC.223
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:

The "Watauga County Times...Past" Records is a collection of materials generated by members and contributors of the Watauga County Historical Society. This collection contains incomplete issues of the "Watauga County Times...Past" publication, duplicated and original photographs used and not used for the journal as well as additional information to Watauga County history and Watauga County Historical Society's organizational history.

Creator: Watauga County Historical Society

Biographical/Historical Note

The Watauga County Historical Society is a historical society for Watauga County, North Carolina. It was organized in 1976 as part of local bicentennial activities. Along with the Appalachian State University History Department, it published the "Watauga County Times...Past" from 1981 to 1992. It became defunct from 1988 to 1992, due to the death of editor Carl A. Ross, who also served as Appalachian State University's Professor of History and director of the Center for Appalachian Studies. After one issue in 1992, the publication was no longer published. During the late 1990s and 2000, citizens attempted to rebuilt the Watauga County Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

The Watauga County Historical Society was organized in 1977, mostly through the efforts of Appalachian State University history professors Max Dixon and Carl Ross, and it went through periods of activity and dormancy in the following 30 years. The group is a means of educating the public about the history of Watauga County and is a vehicle for the preservation of the culture of the area. A journal entitled “Watauga County Times...Past” was published for several years in the 1980s, with community members and scholars contributing articles to the journal. Another project spearheaded by the society was the transfer of a 1937 film of Boone from 8 millimeter to video, with the tape made available to schools and libraries. Within this collection are complete and incomplete issues of the journal/newsletter, along with research articles and notes, black and white photographs, some identified, some not, and correspondence with Society members and contributors to the journal.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Past Issues and Research and Series II: Oral History Interviews and other Publications. Those folders with dated contents are arranged chronologically.

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 is unknown. This collection was opened to the public in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Critcher, January 19, 2005; Encoded by Rachel Critcher and Kathryn Staley, 2005; Revised processing by Anita Elliott, July 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.223: "Watauga County Times...Past" Records, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Past Issues and Research, June 1981-May 1990

Series Description: Series I: Past Issues and Research contains complete issues of I-25, along with research materials and copies of black and white photographs (some used and some not used) for issues published until 1990. There is a folder with mailing lists, requests for copies and/or articles to be written, and some Society meeting information.

Issues 1-8, June 1981-March 1983 Box 1.1
Issues 9-16, June 1983-March 1985 Box 1.2
Issues 17-25, June 1985-June 1990 Box 1.3
Research and Edits for Issues, September 1981-December 1983 Box 1.4
Research and Edits for Issue, March 1984 Box 1.5
Research and Edits for Issues, March 1984-June 1984 Box 1.6
Research and Edits for Issues, September 1984 and December 1984 Box 1.7
Research and Edits for Issue, March 1985 Box 1.8
Research and Edits for Issue, June/September 1985 Box 2.1
Research, Edits and Photos for Issue, December 1985 Box 2.2
Research, Edits and Photos for Issue, March 1986 Box 2.3
Research, Edits and Photos for Issue, June 1986 Box 2.4
Photographs, Black and White, Some identified on backs, Part of Issue September 1986, circa 1900 Box 2.5
Photographs, Black and White, Some Identified, Key Sheet included, for Issue Sept. 1986, circa 1900 Box 2.6
Research and Edits for Issue, September 1986 Box 2.7
Research and Edits for Issue, September 1987 Box 2.8
Photographs, Black and White, Five Episcopal Churches in Watauga County, North Carolina, built 1860-1940, for Issue June/Sept. 1988, November 1987 Box 2.9
Research and Edits for Issue, June/September 1988 Box 2.10
Research and Articles/Edits for Issue, March 1989 Box 3.1
Research on Issue on Town of Boone, circa 1930s Box 3.2
Research and Articles/Edits for Issue, May 1990 Box 3.3
Interview of and Article by James Hardin Councill, 1979-1982 Box 3.4
Research and Articles about The Old Buffalo Trail of Watauga County, North Carolina, circa 1976 Box 3.5
Mailing and Membership Lists for Distribution, 1983-1985, undated Box 3.6
Correspondence and Materials for Future Articles, 1903-1984, undated Box 3.7
Assorted Articles, 1981-1982 Box 3.8
Publications Committee, 1983, undated Box 3.9
Articles and Clippings on Smithey's Stores, 1953-1986, undated Box 3.10
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Series II: Oral History Interviews and other Publications,

Series Description: Series II: Oral History Interview Transcripts and other Publications includes three interview transcripts: two for Bill Brinkley, dated March 23 and April 3, 1983, and one for Mr. L.E. Tuckwiller, dated April 10, 1973. There are examples of newsletters of the Burke County and Caldwell County Genealogical Societies, the Catawba County Historical Association, and the predecessor of the "Times...Past", the newsletter of the Watauga Historical Association from 1981.

Oral History Interview Transcripts, Bill Brinkley and L.E. Tuckwiller, March-April 1973 Box 3.11
Burke County Genealogical Society Newsletter, February 1983 Box 3.12
Caldwell County Genealogical Society Newsletter, 1982 Box 3.13
Catawba County Historical Association Newsletter "Past Times",1980-1983 Box 3.14
Watauga Historical Association Newsletter "The Wataugan Sentinel",1981 Box 3.15