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 Public School Records for Avery and Watauga Counties contain public school records for selected districts of Watauga and Avery counties, primarily the Beech Mountain and Laurel Creek areas. Records cover various years from 1889 to 1932. The records provide students' ages, guardians' names, attendance and the teachers' comments. Some undated sheets included.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The College of Education was established in 1968 (named for Lois Reich in 1987) and currently houses six departments offering a variety of programs leading to bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. The Reich College of Education Records contain mostly administrative files from the College of Education and the Dean's Office dating 1953-2003.

119.61 linear feet (236 boxes, 4 half-sized manuscript boxes, 6 reel-to-reel recordings, 1 VHS tape, 1 folder)

The Reverend J. Norton Atkins Papers is a collection of Atkins' correspondence, sermons, mission records, and photographs generated while he was an Episcopal priest and teacher in Ashe and Watauga Counties of North Carolina.

4.5 linear feet (9 archival boxes)

The Rhea School Collection consists of a March 6, 1912 Closing Exercises Program from the Rhea School of Sullivan County, Tennessee. Also included are two pages from Thelma Barnes' Adventures in Education: Sullivan County, 1773-1983. These pages include a photograph and a description of the Rhea School. This collection contains a material culture example of an early twentieth century one-room school located in Appalachian Tennessee. The program lists the names of the teacher, students and the titles of their recitations.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Roanoke College Promotional Advertisement states the 1867 faculty and expenses of the College for students for the semester beginning September 1, 1867. It is a facsimile of the original.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Roanoke National Business College Postcard is a postcard advertisement to write for a catalog to summer classes offered at the Roanoke National Business College, date unknown.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The collection contains one letter of correspondence from Ruskin S. Freer to Robert G. Stone dated July 19, 1934.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder