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

Manuscript Collections

"The Mistake of Young Men" is an an 1896 article from Carson-Newman College's The Carson-Newman Magazine. Its author, Appalachian State University founder Blanford Barnard Dougherty, wrote about the mistake of not continuing post-graduation learning.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Allen High School, originally named the Allen Industrial Training School, was a girls' private boarding school located in Asheville, North Carolina, which served the African-American population from 1887 to 1974. The collection includes photographs, annuals, brochures, letters, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials relating to the Allen School and Winifred Wrisley's relationship to the school as Music Teacher and to the United Methodist Church.

12.0 linear feet (19 boxes)

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)

Materials in the Appalachian Cultural Museum Records cover the history of the museum from 1989 until its close in 2006. The collection contains materials concerned with the museum administration, correspondence, exhibits, events, and publicity.

88.2 linear feet (76 boxes, 4 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 audiocassette boxes, 4 small boxes, 3 flat boxes, 3 CD boxes, 1 square box, 10 shoeboxes, 10 oversize boxes, 1 rolled map, 9 oversize drawers)

Appalachian Education and Politics Bibliography includes a three page undated selective bibliography on books on Appalachian culture, education, and politics. It is not attributed to an author. Books date between 1916 and 1970.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

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)

Appalachian State Teachers College, established in 1929 as a four-year college, was the precursor to Appalachian State University. The Appalachian State Teachers College Records include items such as early documents, correspondence, publications, speeches, and commencement addresses.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)