Guide to the Randy Stevens Collection of Railway Publications, Papers and Calendars, 1988-2008

Summary Information

Title: Randy Stevens Collection of Railway Publications, Papers and Calendars, 1988-2008
Collection: AC.852
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

This collection of railroad news and memorabilia contains some of Randy Stevens' personal railroad collection, including the whole run of The Blue Ridge Stemwinder and eleven volumes of the newsletter,  The ET Times.

Creator: Stevens, Randy

Biographical/Historical Note

Randy (R. Randall) Stevens became acquainted with Appalachian State University through former Chancellor Frank Borkowski, traveled to China with the Walker College's Holland Fellows, and has developed close relationships with Appalachian State. He and his wife spend time in the High Country in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He has collected memorabilia related to railroads for many years.

Scope and Contents

Randy (R. Randall) Stevens has collected memorabilia of railroads over the years, and has donated his full run of the periodical, The Blue Ridge Stemwinder, Volume 1-18, 1988-2007, 11 volumes of  The ET Times (East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad Historical Society newsletter), 1998-2009, railroad calendars from 2005-2008, and other related railroad papers. The railroad calendars were printed by the Hickory Printing Group, photographs by Thomas W. Reece, for the years 2005-2008.


The items are arranged alphabetical in a small box, a box containing The Blue Ridge Stemwinder, and an oversize folder containing the calendars.

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 donated by Randy (R. Randall) Stevens of Florida. The collection was accessioned in two parts as AC.2010.069 and AC.2011.048.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, March 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.852: Randy Stevens Collection of Railway Publications, Papers and Calendars, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Garreth M. McDonald, A Study of Narrow Gauge Railroads in the State of North Carolina, November 2008 

1 1

Newsletter, The Blue Ridge Stemwinder, Volumes 1-18, 1988-2007 

  Box Folder

Newsletter, The ET Times: A Newsletter for Members of the East Tennessee and Northwestern North Carolina Railroad Historical Society, Volumes 1-11, 1998-2009 

1 2

Newspaper Articles, on Tweetsie Railroad, 2003-2007 

1 3

Stock Certificate and Train Schedule, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad Company and Linville River Railway Company, 1880 and 1922 

1 4
  Oversize Drawer

Calendars, printed by Hickory Printing Company of Railroad Engines, photos by Thomas W. Reece, 2005-2008 

Map cabinet E3 19