Guide to the Mildred Teague Papers, 1941-1945

Summary Information

Title: Mildred Teague Papers, 1941-1945
Collection: UA.5116
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Mildred Teague Papers contain the letters, photographs, and yearbooks of former Appalachian State Teachers College student Mildred Elizabeth Teague of Boone, North Carolina. The letters detail life during World War II as written by her brother Horace Greeley "Butch" Teague.

Creator: Teague, Mildred Elizabeth

Biographical/Historical Note

The Teague family has deep roots in Western North Carolina extending back to the early 1700s to their settlement at King’s Creek in Caldwell County. Mildred Elizabeth “Midge” Teague came from an impoverished family of 11 children, all of whom worked to support those of their siblings who wished to attend college. Mildred went Appalachian State for two years, 1941 and 1942, and shortly thereafter she continued her education in nursing at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mildred spent much of her life and career in Charlotte yet, upon retirement, moved to the Boone area with her husband William Frank Haigler. During the Second World War “Midge” corresponded with her brother, Horace Greeley “Butch” Teague, who served as a Navy medic in the Pacific Theater and was decorated for bravery under fire at Iwo Jima. A selection of the letters between Greeley and Mildred are held within this collection. Mildred passed away in 1988.

Scope and Contents

The Mildred Teague Papers contain letters, photographs, yearbooks, and news articles that were the personal belongings of former Appalachian State Teachers College student Mildred Elizabeth Teague of Boone, North Carolina. The letters detail life during World War II as written by the hand of her brother Greeley. The wealth of photographs within the collection primarily features shots of Mildred and her schoolmates on campus at Appalachian State during the years 1941 and 1942 as well as some images of Horace Greeley “Butch” Teague at home on leave with his wife Ina Mae. There is also a photocopy of news clippings displaying pictures of Greeley and reporting on his being awarded the Bronze Star in 1945. The two year books in the collection are from 1941 and 1942 and are signed on various pages by Mildred’s classmates and friends.


The collection is arranged into four folders: The first holds a news clippings and letters concerning Greeley’s WWII service. Photographs from Mildred’s time at Appalachian State are in the second folder. The 1941 and 1942 editions of the Appalachian State University yearbook, The Rhododendron are found in folders three and four respectively.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room, located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was donated in 2007 by Julie Haigler Cubeta and accessioned as UA.2007.009.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5116: Mildred Teague Papers, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Letters and Newspaper, 1943-1945  Box 1.1
Photographs, 1941-1942  Box 1.2
Rhododendron, 1941  Box 1.3
Rhododendron, 1942  Box 1.4