Guide to the Charlotte Ross Papers, undated

Summary Information

Title: Charlotte Ross Papers, undated
Collection: AC.271
Extent: 7.5 linear feet (18 index card file boxes; 7 manuscript boxes; 2 half-sized manuscript boxes; one oversized folder; and one cold-storage folder)
Abstract:

The Charlotte Ross Papers contains her Appalachian bibliography note card collection as well as personal files relevant to the Appalachian region, American history and folklore studies. Charlotte Ross's Bibliography of Southern Appalachia is a comprehensive bibliography of Appalachian books up to 1976.

Creator: Ross, Charlotte

Biographical/Historical Note

Charlotte Tanksley Ross is also known as the "Legend Lady." Ross has collected about 4,000 folk tales. She is a noted storyteller, folklorist and Appalachian State University communications adjunct professor. She has performed at the American Folklore Society, Smithsonian Institution Folklore Festival, Opryland and the Ulster (Ireland) Folklife Festival. In 1969, Charlotte Ross was hired as the Appalachian Room's first Librarian. In 1976, Charlotte Ross published  Bibliography of Southern Appalachia. She was co-author of  From my grandmother's grandmother unto me with her daughter Clarinda. She and her husband Carl Ross had two children: Clarinda and Tyler.

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte Ross Papers contains her collection of research note cards, as well as personal files, music recordings, and photographs relevant to the Appalachian region, American history and folklore studies. The reseach note cards include indexed bibliographic citations from Ross's research; note cards recording various subject areas with scholars or experts who specialize in those areas; a subject index to the Appalachian Oral History Project recordings (AC.111); and note cards with the contact information for various scholars, experts, and writers. Ross compiles the bibliographic citations to form her 1976  Bibliography of Southern Appalachia. Ross's personal files, arranged by subject, include articles, syllabi, notes, brochures, maps and other materials collected by Ross. There is a great deal about traditional Appalachian culture, especially in North Carolina. Audiovisual materials include nine cassette tapes containing examples of folk songs throughout world history, ten black and white photographs, two black and white negatives, two color polaroid photographs, and five color slides.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series: Series I: Note Cards, Series II: Subject Files, and Series III: Audiovisual Materials. Series I is devided into four subseries: Bibliography Note Cards, Subject Area Specialist Note Cards, Appalachian Oral History Project Index Note Cards, and Contact Information Note Cards. Series III is devided into three subseries: Folksong Cassettes, Black and White Photographs and Polaroids, and Color Slides.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for use without restriction in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. Color photographs and slides are housed separately within a cold storage unit and advanced notice is required to view. Use of audiovisual materials may require the creation of a user copy before being available for research.

Acquisitions Information

Carl A. Ross donated six tapes of Delmas Parker's interviews for his book, "The Development of Black Education in Ashe County" in 1975. Clarinda Ross Gress, daughter of Charlotte Ross, donated photographs, correspondence, and programs for this collection in August 2010. This collection was opened to the public in December, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Critzer, December 2005, March 2007; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer; December 2005, March 2007; Reprocessed by David Funderburk, February 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.271: Charlotte Ross Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Note Cards

 

Series Description

Series I consists of boxes of research note cards. Subseries A contains note cards with bibliographic citations from Charlotte Ross's research. These citations were compiled to form Ross's 1976  Bibliography of Southern Appalachia. The cards are arranged alphabetically by the authors' last names. Two boxes of Bibliography Note Cards remain unsorted. Subseries B contains note cards recording various subject areas and scholars or experts who specialize in those areas. The cards are arranged alphabetically by subject area. Subseries C contains note cards that form a subject index to the Appalachian Oral History Project recordings. Note cards are arranged alphabetically by subject area. Subseries D contains note cards with the contact information for various scholars, experts, and writers. Note cards are arranged alphabetically by name.

Subseries A: Bibliography Note Cards

A-B Note cards Box 1
B-C Note cards Box 2
C Note cards Box 3
D-F Note cards Box 4
G-H Note cards  Box 5
H-J Note cards Box 6
K-L Note cards Box 7
M Note cards Box 8
M-Q Note cards  Box 9
P-R Note cards  Box 10
S Note cards Box 11
S-W Note cards Box 12
W-Z Note cards Box 13
Unsorted Bibliography Note Cards Box 26
Unsorted Bibliography Note Cards Box 27

 

Subseries B: Subject Area Specialist Note Cards

Archaeology Box 14
Anthropology Box 14
Arts and Crafts Box 14
Economics  Box 14
Education Box 14
Folklore  Box 14
General Box 14
Geography Box 14
Geology Box 14
Health  Box 14
History Box 14
Land Use and Ecology Box 14
Linguistics Box 14
Literature Box 14
Minorities  Box 14
Music and Dance Box 14
Oral History Box 14
Political Science  Box 14
Psychology  Box 14
Religion  Box 14
Resource People - General  Box 14
Sociology Box 14
Writers Box 14

 

Subseries C: Appalachian Oral History Project Subject Index Note Cards

Canning and Preserving Box 15
Daily Activities  Box 15
Depression (Economic) Box 15
Dolls Box 15
Families Box 15
Farming and Livestock  Box 15
Firsts Box 15
General  Box 15
Goods Guys and Bad Guys Box 15
Government Agencies Box 15
Guns Box 15
Handicrafts Box 15
Herbs, Berries and Roots (Natural Food and Medicine)  Box 15
Holidays and Seasons Box 15
Land Box 15
Marriage  Box 15
Means of Transportation Box 15
Media and Communications Box 15
Men and Women Box 15
Mining Box 15
Minorities and Slavery  Box 15
Moonshine and Drinking Box 15
Music Box 15
Nursing and Healthcare  Box 15
Post Offices and Mail Box 15
Quilting, Knitting and Weaving Box 15
Recreation Box 15
Religion  Box 15
Roads Box 15
Schools  Box 15
Toys and Games  Box 15
Trade  Box 15
Trains  Box 15
Travel and Tourists Box 15
Trees, Timber and Lumber  Box 15
Wars and Military Service  Box 15
Water Box 15
Wild Animals Box 15
Work, Wages and Unions Box 15

 

Subseries D: Contact Information Note Cards

A-Z Note cards Box 16
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Series II: Subject File Series

 

Series Description

Series II contains articles, syllabi, notes, brochures, maps and other materials collected by Ross and organized alphabetically by subject. There is a great deal about traditional Appalachian culture, especially in North Carolina. A draft of Sharon McCrumb's  She Walks These Hills is included. Some correspondence between Carl Ross and teachers also included.

American Revolution: Appalachia Box 17.1
American Revolution: King's Mountain, Ferguson rifle Box 17.1
American Revolution: North Carolina  Box 17.1
American West  Box 17.1
Anthropology: Personality Development Box 17.2
Anthropology and Sociology - General  Box 17.2
Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers Box 17.3
Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University Box 17.3
Appalachian Culture Box 17.3
Appalachian Drama Box 17.4
Appalachian Speech Box 17.4
Appalachian State University  Box 17.5
Appalachian Studies  Box 17.5
Appalachian Studies Box 17.6
Applied Anthropology Box 17.7
Archaeology Box 17.7
Architecture: Appalachian  Box 17.8
Architecture: Other  Box 17.9
Architecture: Tennessee Box 17.9
Architecture: Texas Box 17.9
Architecture: Western North Carolina, Traditional Box 17.9
Ballads Box 17.10
Ballads  Box 18.1
Bibliography  Box 18.2
Blacks: Appalachia Box 18.2
Blue Ridge Parkway Box 18.3
Boone, Daniel  Box 18.3
Brinegar Cabin: Interview with Mrs. Candice Brinegar Brown, State Road, NC, by J. C. Weaver Box 18.3
Brochures and Magazines  Box 18.4
Brownlow, William G. (Parsons)  Box 18.4
Caswell, Richard Box 18.4
Celtic Hypothesis: Mac Donald, Mac Whiney Box 18.5
Celts Box 18.5
Celts Box 18.6
Characteristics of the Mountaineer Box 18.6
Cherokee Indians Box 18.6
Cherokee: Nancy Hart  Box 18.7
Cherokee: Katuah Journal Box 18.7
Cherokee: Trail of Tears  Box 18.7
Chestnut Box 18.7
Cities: Appalachia Box 18.7
Civil War  Box 18.8
Civil War: Aftermath Box 18.8
Civil War and Reconstruction: Appalachia Box 18.8
Civil War: Appalachia Box 18.9
Civil War: Appalachia - Statistics Box 18.9
Civil War: Confederate Ancestry  Box 18.9
Civil War: Joe Brown Box 18.10
Civil War: Keith and Melinda Blalock Box 18.10
Civil War: North Carolina  Box 18.11
Civil War: Types of Fighting Box 18.11
Civil War: Zeb Vance Box 18.11
Consortium Box 19.1
Consortium Box 19.2
Consortium Box 19.3
Council of Southern Mountains  Box 19.4
Counties: Appalachia Box 19.4
Counties: Georgia, Murray  Box 19.4
Counties: North Carolina, Avery Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Buncombe Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Burke  Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Caldwell Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Macon Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Madison Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, McDowell Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Mitchell Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Surry Box 19.5
Counties: North Carolina, Watauga  Box 19.6
Counties: North Carolina, Wilkes Box 19.7
Counties: North Carolina, Yancey Box 19.7
Crime Box 19.7
Crockett, Davy  Box 19.7
Cultural Pre-adaptation   Box 19.7
Dance Box 19.7
Dialect (See also: Mountain Speech) Box 19.7
Dialect (See also: Mountain Speech) Box 19.8
Dula, Tom Box 19.8
Economic Conditions, Subsistence Box 19.8
Education: Adult Literacy Box 19.9
Education: Appalachia Box 19.9
Education: Appalachian Colleges Box 19.9
Ethnic Groups: Irish, Scottish, German  Box 19.9
Everyday Life in Appalachia, 1865-1880 Box 19.9
Festivals Box 19.10
Fiction: Appalachia Box 19.10
Folk Art Box 19.10
Folk Art: Queena Stovall  Box 19.10
Folk Arts: Visionary Box 20.1
Folk Culture Box 20.1
Folk Narrative: Myth and Legend  Box 20.1
Folklore: Appalachia Box 20.2
Folklore and Chuck Yeager  Box 20.2
Folklore and Folklife Studies Box 20.3
Folksong Box 20.4
Folksong: Appalachia Box 20.4
Folksong: Information Box 20.4
Foodways Box 20.5
Fox, John Box 20.5
Franklin, State of  Box 20.5
Franklin, State of: Documents  Box 20.6
Feuds  Box 20.6
Feuds: Potter Box 20.6
Georgia: North Box 20.7
Georgia: North  Box 20.8
Germans Box 20.9
Graves and Gravestones  Box 20.9
Handicrafts: Appalachia Box 20.9
Hindman Settlement School Box 21.1
Historic Preservation Box 21.1
History: American Civilization Box 21.1
History: Appalachia  Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, 1783-1860 Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, Classical Appalachia, 1865-1915 Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, The Discovery and Mission to the Mountains Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, Early Visitors Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, The End of a Way of Life Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, Future Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, Industry in the Guilded Age  Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, Mountaineer in a Changing World  Box 21.1
History: Appalachia, the New Nation, 1790-1836 Box 21.1
History: Family Box 21.2
History: Local  Box 21.2
Holidays  Box 21.2
Homelife: Appalachia Box 21.2
Horton, Myles  Box 21.2
Indentured Servants Box 21.2
Indians: Appalachia Box 21.2
Johnson, Junior Box 21.3
Kephart, Horace Box 21.3
Land and Landscapes  Box 21.4
Land and Landscapes Box 21.5
Land and Landscapes: Chatanooga River Box 21.6
Land and Landscapes: William Brewster's Exploration of the Southern Appalachian Mountains Box 21.6
Law: Appalachia, Scopes Trial Box 21.7
Legends: Places Box 21.7
Literature: Appalachia  Box 21.7
Literature: Appalachia Box 21.8
Literature: Appalachia  Box 21.9
Literature: Appalachia, Non-Fiction Box 21.9
Maps  Box 21.9
Material Culture: H. Glassie's Articles  Box 21.9
McCrumb, Sharyn: She Walks These Hills Box 21.10
McDonald/McWhiney Box 21.10
McKinney, Gordon: Political Uses of Appalachian Identity After the Civil War Box 22.1
Mecklenburg Resolves Box 22.1
Medicine: Rural  Box 22.1
Migration Box 22.1
Migration: Acculturation  Box 22.1
Migration: Routes - Great Wagon Road Box 22.2
Miller, Ed: Information  Box 22.2
Mining: Appalachia  Box 22.3
Mountain Speech (See also: Dialect) Box 22.3
Murray County History Box 22.3
Musical Instruments Box 22.4
Olmstead, Frederick Law Box 22.4
Oral History Box 22.4
Ozark Mountains  Box 22.4
Perceptions of Appalachia Box 22.4
Play and Games  Box 22.5
Politics: Appalachia Box 22.6
Politics: Appalachia, 1865-1975  Box 22.6
Political Parties Box 22.6
Poverty Box 22.6
Presentations and Speaking Engagements Box 22.6
Quilts Box 22.6
Railroads Box 22.6
Religion  Box 22.6
Rocky Mount: U.S. Territory Box 22.7
Roosevelt, Theodore: Winning of the West  Box 22.7
Ross, Carl: Correspondence Box 22.7
Sevier, John Box 22.7
Scotch-Irish Box 22.7
Scotch-Irish, by Carl Ross Box 22.8
Scots Box 22.8
Settlement Patterns Box 22.8
Settlement Patterns Box 22.9
Silver, Frankie and Charlie Box 22.9
Slavery and Anti-Slavery in Appalachia  Box 22.9
Social Class  Box 22.9
Social Conditions: Appalachia Box 22.9
Social World: Appalachia  Box 22.9
Stereotypes  Box 22.10
Storytelling Box 22.10
Sugar Mountain Box 22.10
Tourism: Georgia  Box 22.10
Tourism: North Carolina  Box 23.1
Tourism: Tennessee Box 23.2
Triplett Tragedy: East Tennessee Box 23.2
Vance Song  Box 23.2
War: Appalachia Box 23.3
War: World War I Box 23.3
Whiskey Box 23.3
Wilkes County, North Carolina Box 23.3
Williams, Cratis: Articles Box 23.3
Williams, Cratis: Biography Box 23.3
Williams, Cratis: "Values Inherent in our Appalachian Heritage" Box 23.4
Women: Appalachia Box 23.4
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Series III: Audiovisual Materials

 

Series Description

Series III consists of audio recordings, photographs, and supplemental printed materials. Subseries A contains nine cassette tapes containing examples of folk songs throughout world history. Supplemental printed materials accompany each cassette tape. Eight of the cassette tapes appear to be original compilations, while the last tape,  Some Ballad Folks: Field Recordings from the Burton-Manning Collection of Folklore, was produced by the Tennessee Folklore Society. Use of audiovisual materials may require the creation of a user copy before being available for research. Subseries B contains ten black and white photographs, two black and white negatives, and two color polaroid photographs. Some photographs are mounted to poster board and are contained in an oversized folder. Subseries C contains five color slides of Kings Mountain National Military Park. Color photographs and slides are housed separately within a cold storage unit and advanced notice is required to view.

Subseries A: Folksong Cassettes

Tape 1: Side A - Classical vs. Popular Song Styles; Side B - Folk vs. Popular Song Styles Box 24.1
Tape 2: Side A - Scales and Tunes; Side B - Ballad Structure  Box 24.2
Tape 3: Side A - Ballad Narrative, Early History; Side B - Ballads: Oral Transmission Box 24.3
Tape 4: Side A - History in the Ballads; Side B - Medieval Ballads Box 24.4
Tape 5: Side A - White Spirituals; Side B - Black Spirituals Box 24.5
Tape 6: Side A - British Seasonal Songs and Plays; Side B - Songs of Worship and Singing Schools Box 24.6
Tape 7: Side A - Shaker Spirituals; Side B - Blank Box 25.1
Tape 8: Folk Music Box 25.2
Some Ballad Folks: Field Recordings from the Burton-Manning Collection of Folklore Box 25.3

 

Subseries B: Black and White Photographs and Polaroids

Photos of a farm with log and split reeling (Two black and white photos and two black and white negatives)  Box 25.4
Battle of Beech Mountain Photographs (Five 3 1/2" x 5" black and white photographs taped to posterboard with captions; file includes photocopies of original materials; original materials separated to Oversized folder 1) 8 March 1988  Box 25.4
Camp Mast Photographs (Three 3 1/2" x 5" black and white photographs and two 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" color polaroids, mounted to posterboard with captions; file includes photocopies of original materials; original materials separated to Oversized folder 1) 27 February 1986 Box 25.4

 

Subseries C: Color Slides

**COLD STORAGE** Color Slides of Kings Mountain National Military Park 1983  Color Photo Box 2