Folklife and Folklore


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about folklife and folklore, 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 Appalachian Festival at Morris Harvey College Collection documents the Morris Harvey College Appalachian Festival in 1975. The majority of the collection consists of correspondence between Morris Harvey College and Charlotte Ross or programs from Morris Harvey College. Other items include a festival program and participants' descriptions.

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)

The Appalachian Regional Brochure Collection is a collection of brochures of attractions located throughout the Appalachian Regional Commission-defined counties and the Appalachian Trail states. The collection covers historical sites and tourist attractions. Brochures currently cover the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This collection provides insight into the promotion of tourism in the Appalachian region as well as describing the actual sites themselves.

9.5 linear feet (19 manuscript boxes)

The Appalachian Regional Ephemera Collection contains flyers, posters, postcards, brochures, travel guides, booklets, programs, and other ephemera from Appalachian towns or with Appalachian themes. There are real estate booklets with northwestern North Carolina houses for sale, as well as brochures of businesses, museums, and tourist attractions of Appalachia.

22.0 linear feet (25 manuscript boxes, 2 shoeboxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 1 folder in Cold Storage)

The Appalachian State University Oral History Projects, Audio Materials and Papers Collection is a mixture of audiocassettes from several oral history projects, conferences, and events, dating in the 1970s-1980s, some of which have been positively identified as to which project the interview is related while others are not. A few transcriptions, CD copies, and duplicates are also part of this collection.

37.75 linear feet (47 single cassette boxes, 12 double cassette boxes, 2 index card boxes, 1 half-manuscript, 2 flip-top CD boxes)

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)

Ballads, Poems and Folklore: History of Yadkin County contains one hand-made book of 41 pages of hand-written ballads, poems and folklore, created by Mildred Sou[?]. It is in delicate condition.This booklet contains 24 items such as Auld Lang Syne, Bonny Barbara Allen, The Wife of Usher's Well, and anecdotes on Yadkin County court trials.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)