Guide to the Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage Oral History Project, Fall 1997

Summary Information

Title: Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage Oral History Project, Fall 1997
Collection: AC.739
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box & 1 CD box)

The Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage Oral History Project is the result of a class project in one of Dr. Lynne Getz's history classes, Fall 1997, involving the history of the Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage in Watauga County.

Creator: Getz, Lynne M., 1956-

Biographical/Historical Note

By reading the reports and interviews of various owners and operators of the Cove Creek Garage, one will find an enormous amount of information about the garage, the community, the history of the area, as well as side notes from colorful characters the students met. In September 1997, the Brown famiy, the current owners of the garage, presented the deed to the property to the Cove Creek Historical Society who plans to make the garage into a museum.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of oral history interviews done by Dr. Lynne Getz's 1997 fall semester Introduction to Public History Class. The main subject of the interviews was the Cove Creek Garage (more commonly known as Brown's Garage). The interviews were done as part of the Cove Creek Garage Project. Those interviewed were Alfred Adams, Paul Brown, Council Main, and Bobby McConnell. The collection consists of four oral history interviews, with transcripts, on two microcassettes and two cassette tapes. These audiovisual materials were digitized onto User CDs and Archival CDs. A short history of Cove Creek and the garage, as well as an introduction to the project and a black and white photograph of the Cove Creek area is included with the collection.


The folders of the various interviews on paper are in alphabetical order by title of reports. The audiovisual versions of the interviews are housed in a CD box 2.

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

The collection was a donation of Dr. Lynne Getz, History professor at Appalachian State University. Accession number AC.2011.012

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, January 2014. 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.739: Cove Creek, North Carolina, Garage Oral History Project and Interviews, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

History of Brown's Garage in Cove Creek, North Carolina, Fall 1997 Box 1, Folder 1
Interview Transcripts with Alfred Adams by Jennifer E. Halstead and Kristi Watt, November 5, 1997 Box 1, Folder 2
Interview Transcript with Paul Brown by Kristi Watt and Jennifer Halstead, November 21, 1997 Box 1, Folder 3
Interview Transcript and Notes with Council Main by Jennifer Cummings, November 19, 1997 Box 1, Folder 4
Interview Transcript with Bobby McConnell by Holly Barlow, Fall 1997 Box 1, Folder 5
Notes, Cove Creek Garage Project by Jennifer E. Halstead, December 9, 1997 Box 1, Folder 6
Notes, Cove Creek Restoration Project, by Kristi Watt, Fall 1997 Box 1, Folder 7
Notes, Oral History on the Cove Creek Garage by Holly M. Barlow, Fall 1997 Box 1, Folder 8
Photograph and Black and White Negatives, Aerial View of Cove Creek, North Carolina, circa 1925-1930 Box 1, Folder 9
Audio Formats of Interviews, Original Cassettes (4), User CD Copies (5), and Archival CD Copies (5), November 1997 Box 2