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

Appalachian Training School, a predecessor of Appalachian State University, operated from 1903 to 1925 focusing on teacher training. This collection contains property deeds for the school, a brochure promoting the school signed by B. B. Dougherty, student class constitution and minutes, library records, and a student magazine.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The B. Eliot Wigginton Manuscript is a draft of Wigginton's unpublished manuscript describing his experiencial curriculum for school children.

Wigginton is the founder of Foxfire, an innovative collaborative writing public school project in which high students interviewed locals about, researched, and wrote about Appalachian culture. Products include a periodical of the students' papers and a multi-volume collection of them.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This Berry Schools collection contains several papers and informational pamphlets about the Berry Schools in Mount Berry, Georgia in 1927. All materials are in fair condition.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Beulah C. Campbell is a retired children’s literature and elementary education professor at Appalachian State University. Her collection includes Campbell's personal files, her collection of original illustrations for children's books, materials related to various authors and illustrators of children's books, administrative files related to Campbell's collection of children's book illustrations, and materials related to a memorial for Reverend Paul Burt, a friend of Campbell.

125.01 linear feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton, 33 flat boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 2 audio boxes, 1 oversized folder, 131 pieces of framed art, and 1 folder in cold storage)

The Bingham Dai Papers include the professional and personal papers of Dr. Bingham Dai (1899-1996), a psychotherapist.  Dai was one of the first native-born Chinese to be trained in new theories of psychiatry and psychology in the 1930s.  He taught at Peking Union Medical College in China, Duke University, and finished his career lecturing at Appalachian State University.

19.5 linear feet (40 boxes)

The Brown-Scoggins collection contains papers, photographs, documents, and artifacts spanning the history of Appalachian State and Watauga County from the 19th Century to the early 21st. Much of the collection is devoted to the Dougherty, Brown, and Bartlett families with an emphasis on concerning B. B. and D. D. Dougherty, founders of what would become Appalachian State University.

9.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

The Burke County Schools (Morganton, North Carolina) Yearbooks collection consists of three yearbooks, actually teacher handbooks, from the Burke County school systems for the Fiscal Years of 1958-1959, 1959-1960, and 1960-1961, along with some miscellaneous loose papers.

1.0 linear feet (small flat box)