Guide to the Samuel Horton Collection, 1912 - 1979, undated

Summary Information

Title: Samuel Horton Collection, 1912 - 1979, undated
Collection: AC.287
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 box, 1 small shoebox)

Samuel Horton Collection consists of Horton's photocopied high school and college documents, and correspondence from school and military life.  This collection illustrates the experiences of a Watauga County, North Carolina native with both local and Piedmont education and military life.

Creator: Horton, Samuel

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Ferd Horton, son of David and Susan Horton of Sugar Grove, was born ~1895. He lived in Vilas. He attended Appalachian Training School (1912-1916) and Wake Forest College (1916-1917). He married Pearle Fuller in 1926 and had three children. He entered military service in 1918 and was stationed in Brest, France. He received a high school principal certificate by state-wide examination and received a law license in 1925. He worked at Walnut Grove School, as a principal at Union High School in Greenville, West Virginia, Wilkes County's Millers Creek High School, Oak Hill High School principal in the 1920s, and was principal of Cove Creek High School for 33 years. From 1942 to 1945, he served as Watauga County School superintendent while Howard Walker served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Scope and Contents

Series I contains Horton's correspondence home to parents and friends during his military tour in France, his diary of that tour, important papers from college and employment, and some memorabilia he collected over the years.

Series II contains a collection of black and white photographs of his military life, friends, equipments during World War I. The negatives of these photos are also included. Also in this series are oral histories of interviews with Horton in March and June of 1984.


This collection is divided into two series - Series I: Documents and Correspondence and Series II: Audio-Visual Materials. The papers are chronologically filed within series.

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

Ruby Lanier donated this collection in December 2005. The accession number was AC.2006.008. It was opened to the public in March 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, March 2006; 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.287: Samuel Horton Collection, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Documents and Correspondence, 1912-1979, undated

Series Description

In this series are Horton's letters home to parents and friends during his World War I tour in France, a copy of his handwritten diary of this time, copies of important college papers, certificates and clippings, as well as a few financial records and other papers.

Address, given by B.B. Dougherty, Lansing, North Carolina, undated Box 1.1
Clippings and Papers, 1918-1952, undated Box 1.2
Correspondence, 1919-1979, undated Box 1.3
Diary, of Samuel F. Horton, 1917-1918 Box 1.4
Financial Papers, 1916-1917, undated Box 1.5
Job Recommendations for Horton, 1920-1925 Box 1.6
Letters, to Parents Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Horton during World War I, January 1916-November 1917 Box 1.7
Letters, to Parents Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Horton during World War I, January 1918-February 1919, undated Box 1.8
Newsletter, "The Hatchet", Vol. 2, nos. 4, 5, 8, January 1919 Box 1.9
Papers, Appalachian State Teachers College, 1912-1935 Box 1.10
Papers, Elementary School and West Point Military Academy, David F. Horton, 1942-1952 Box 1.11
Papers, Wake Forest College, 1913-1923 Box 1.12
Papers and Programs, Various Teaching Positions held by Horton, 1922-1950, undated Box 1.13
State Examination Results and Teacher Contracts, 1919-1927 Box 1.14

Series II: Audio-Visual Materials, 1984, undated

Series Description

Within this series are black and white photographs of World War I soldiers, equipment, and places presumably taken by Horton during his tour 1917-1919 in Brest, France. None are identified. Negatives are included in this envelope in separate archival sleeves.

In Box 2 are four audiocassettes and archival copies of interviews with Horton in March and June 1984.

Audiocassettes and CD User Copies, 1984 Box 2
Oral history, March 13, 1984 Box 2
Oral history, June 20, 1984 Box 2
Photographs, Black and White, Horton's World War I Experiences of 1917-1919, undated Box 1.15