Guide to the William Leonard Eury Papers, 1934 - 1990, undated

Summary Information

Title: William Leonard Eury Papers, 1934 - 1990, undated
Collection: AC.391
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)

William Leonard Eury Papers include programs, papers, and photographs collected by Apppalachian State University Librarian Leonard Eury. W.L. Eury was the librarian from 1946 to 1970.

Creator: Eury, William Leonard, 1904-1995

Biographical/Historical Note

William Leonard Eury was born to James Walter Eury and Lona Dee Douglas Eury in Gastonia in 1904. He received a B.A. degree from Duke University and B.S. (1937) and M.S. in Library Science (1951) from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He taught mathematics and French from 1926 to 1929 at Clarkton High School in Clarkton, North Carolina and also served with the Army-Air Force 449th Bomb Group during World War II. Eury joined the staff of Appalachian Normal School on a full-time basis in 1929. He first worked under Librarian Emma H. Moore until he was promoted to Librarian in 1946. He retired in 1970. He died on September 17, 1995 at his residence in Bessemer City, North Carolina.

During his long career at Appalachian, the school evolved from a normal school to Appalachian State Teachers College to Appalachian State University. Eury managed the library's growth from two small rooms with about 2,000 books in 1929 through the establishment of the D.D. Dougherty Library in 1935, and the library's eventual move into the Carol Grotnes Belk Library (present-day Old Library Classroom Buildin) in 1968. In 1952, he developed a separate Music Library which is now housed in the Broyhill Music Center and assisted establishing a special collection devoted to preserving materials related to the Appalachian region. The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection was dedicated in his honor in 1971.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes programs, papers, and photographs collected by Apppalachian State University Librarian William Leonard Eury. Photographs are primarily of the campus library and campus personnel, including Carol G. Belk Library (now Anne Belk Hall) construction and an aerial view of campus. Manuscript documents include library class reports regarding library procedures, circa 1930s, with respect to Appalachian State Teachers College. Also available are library correspondence, circa 1960s, programs, dating 1930-1970, undated, include college plays, college banquets, and Boone Methodist Church services.


This collection is arranged by material type.

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. Color photographs are stored in a cold storage unit and need additional time to return to room temperature.

Acquisitions Information

Darlene Scott transferred materials from Margaret Eury Agle to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in July 2001. The accession number is AC.2001.069. It was opened to the public in February 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Revised by Cynthia Harbeson, July 2014. 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.391: William Leonard Eury Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Correspondence, 1957-1990, undated 

1 1

Library-related papers, undated 

1 2

Programs, 1937-1977, undated 

1 3

Black and white Photographs, undated 

1 4
  Cold_Storage Folder

Color Photographs, 1953-1980, undated 

Color Box 2 10