Guide to the William S. Powell Notes and Correspondence, 1959-2000, undated

Summary Information

Title: William S. Powell Notes and Correspondence, 1959-2000, undated
Collection: AC.672
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains correspondence about several publications and reviews by William S. Powell for journals, requests for research materials, correspondence with J. Timothy Cole, Mattie Erma Parker, and Mrs. Yandle, and an edited article from The North Carolina Index.

Creator: Powell, William S.

Biographical/Historical Note

William S. Powell (born 1919) is a professor emeritus of History at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, retired in 1986. Powell is a noted North Carolina historian producing works such as North Carolina Lives: The Tar Heel Who's Who (1962), North Carolina: A Bicentennial History (1977), North Carolina Through Four Centuries (1989), Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (six volumes published 1979-1996), and Encyclopedia of North Carolina (2006).

J. Timothy Cole (born 1959) is a historian and library archivist living in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has published several books on historical subjects related to Appalachia and North Carolina including The Rumbling Mountain of Hickory Nut Gap: The Story of North Carolina's Most Celebrated Earthquake (1990), The Forest City Lynching of 1900: Populism, Racism, and White Supremacy In Rutherford County, North Carolina (2003), and Collett Leventhorpe, The English Confederate: The Life of A Civil War General, 1815-1889.

The Rumbling Mountain of Hickory Nut Gap is a nonfiction work detailing the 1874 earthquake phenomena surrounding Bald Mountain in Rutherford County, North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains one letter from J. Timothy Cole to William S. Powell regarding Cole's book The Rumbling Mountain of Hickory Nut Gap; one letter from Mattie Erma Parker (Editor, Colonial Records Project), August 28, 1964; notes from Powell's review of article in The North Carolina Index, 1959; one letter to Mrs. Yandle about family names and photographs, 2000; article and draft, Letters, Journals and Writings of Benjamin Hawkins, 1980; correspondence with the Journal of the Early Republic, 1981; undated article and flier to purchase reprinted volumes.


The collection is arranged in one folder chronologically.

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.

Acquisitions Information

These accessions were parts of the William S. Powell donations in 2003 and 2010. Accession number AC.2003.011 Accession numbers AC.2010.020, .022, .031, .062

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, September 2013. In December 2013 Anita Elliott combined this collection with two other smaller Powell accessions. 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.672: Powell, William S., Notes and Correspondence, Published Works, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Notes and Correspondence, 1959-2000, undated ACSC_Box 22, Folder 12