Guide to the Catherine Marlowe Shawl Photographs, undated

Summary Information

Title: Catherine Marlowe Shawl Photographs, undated
Collection: AC.882
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains photographs of a shawl reportedly worn by Catherine Marlowe at a ball given for George Washington's officers at Yorktown. The shawl descended through the Wiles family who were the grandchildren of Catherine Marlowe.

Creator: Appalachian State University. Appalachian Cultural Museum.

Biographical/Historical Note

According to a 1974 letter from Walter E. Wiles, the shawl was worn by his ancestor, Catherine Marlowe, to a ball given by George Washington's officers at Yorktown. Marlowe later married into the Gough family and moved from Floyd County, Virginia to Forsyth County, North Carolina in 1800. Catherine Marlowe Gough's daughter, Catherine Gough, married Lewis Wiles and settled in Allegheny County, North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains color and black and white photographs of the shawl. The shots capture the fine details of the shawl, including close ups of the woven material.


The collection is contained in one folder.

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 shawl was acquired by the University Library in 1974 and was transferred to the Appalachian Cultural Museum. The photographs were taken while the shawl was under the care of the museum. The collection was accessioned as AC.2003.009.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 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.882: Catherine Marlowe Shawl Photographs, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List


Photographs, undated 

Box 2