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 Concordia College Photograph is an undated matted 10" x 8" black and white photograph of a graduating class of Concordia College, formerly of Conover, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Materials in the Cratis D. Williams Papers cover the professional and private life of scholar and professor Cratis Williams, his studies in Appalachian literature, folklore and ballads, and the Appalachian Consoritum. The collection consists of materials related to Williams' work at Appalachian State University, academic and genealogical research, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings of folksongs and lectures, one VHS tape, two reels of microfilm, slides, and family memorabilia.

70 linear feet (140 boxes)

The Crossnore School Papers consist of materials about and generated by the Crossnore School, a school opened by Dr. Mary Martin Sloop to teach mountain women how to weave in order to earn their own money.  This collection contains twenty-one items.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

This collection is Danielle Erin Rector's class paper for Appalachian State University Class AS5015 in Fall 2008, entitled Original Fieldwork with my Grandmother, Elva Hart McMannis.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The David Reid Hodgin Papers consists of the the faculty papers of David Hodgin, an Appalachian State Teachers College English professor from 1946 to 1965, along with copious notes and clippings associated with his areas of interest, essays, and teaching. There are also lots of audio materials, of which selected cassettes are digitized.

14 linear feet (28 boxes)

The Dean Allison Williams Papers is a collection of newspaper articles, community newsletters, and announcements concerning happenings and people of the Todd, North Carolina area.

0.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 half-sz manuscript box in Cold Storage)

The Debra B. McMillan Papers consist mostly of correspondence about Debra B. McMillan's book about Fairmont, her research for an alumnus on his family and early Fairmont, and a couple of pictures of early Fairmont and its architecture.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)