Agriculture

Overview

This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about agriculture, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

The Andrew Jackson Greene Collection consists of 163 diaries written by Greene and describing Watauga County's education system, cultural and religious life, and agriculture from 1906 to 1942.

9.5 linear feet (20 boxes)

The Appalachian Land Ownership Survey was a study initiated by the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force in Fall 1978 to examine land ownership patterns, particularly absentee and corporate ownership, and the resulting effects on regional development. The study participants concluded that a disproportionate amount of land owners were absentee and that corporate owners paid a disproportionately low amount of taxes. Materials address issues such as agriculture, coal mining, housing, land ownership, land usage, and tourism and how they affect the Appalachian Region and its residents.

25.55 linear feet (37 boxes, 1 small shoebox, 1 audiocassette box, 5 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 oversize tubes)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

The Blackburn Farms Collection is a collection of family mementos, quilts, photographs, correspondence, financial papers, books of art and history, family Bibles, phonograph recordings, and other materials. The Blackburn family lived in Ashe County, North Carolina.

58.0 linear feet (31 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

The Blue Ridge Garden Club Records includes newspaper articles, scrapbooks, minutes, and treasurer and secretary papers from the Blue Ridge Garden Club. This collection showcases Watauga County, North Carolina's first organized garden club and its activities. Originally an exclusive group, the Blue Ridge Garden Club was active in Beautification Projects and coordinating a junior club. One of their main projects was the creation of the Daniel Boone Garden in 1961. The project books and club scrapbooks contain many photographs from the 1950s through the 1990s and illustrates the development of the town of Boone, North Carolina.

7 linear feet (14 boxes)

The David Isaacs Yesterday's Harvest Digital Scrapbook collection is one CD and an archival CD copy of black and white and color scanned photographs compiled by David Isaacs with some explanatory text intermingled, photographs dating back to the 1960's.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The J.W. Shelbourne Farm Map is a 26" x 30" polished linen map of J.W. Shelburne's farm in Montgomery County, Virginia, dated 1926.

2.5 linear feet (1 folder)

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