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 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 is a collection of color photographs and slides of Dr. William Gilbert Spencer, Stanley Hicks, Jean Ritchie, and Leonard Glenn, along with students in Dr. Spencer's Dulcimer Classes at Appalachian State University. Most were dated 1980's.

0.04 linear feet (4 folders)

This collection was created by Eva Hicks and contains recordings of her family featuring North Carolina mountain music, ballads, and storytelling. She is the daughter of Floyd Hicks.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD box)

This collection is Folklife Resource sheets of fieldwork conducted 1985-1986 by Doug DeNatale and Mary Cenne Mcdonald of skills of people in the area. Not all forms are filled in completely.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Hillbilly Mask is the contents and wrapping of "Dress-Up Hillbilly" by Ben Cooper, Inc. Included are a synthetic black beard, a vinyl black hat, and a corncob pipe. An "Appalachian State" sticker is attached to the package wrapping.

1.5 linear feet (1 box)

This small collection consists of a typed manuscript by Horace Kephart entitled Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail. Copied on front and back of pages.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Isaac Garfield Greer, known as I.G. or "Ike", a Watauga County native who worked as an history and government professor for Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1910 to 1932, was one of the only early collectors of Watauga County folk songs and ballads. The bulk of this collection consists of Greer's written and recorded ballad collection from Watauga County, North Carolina. View portions of this collection online.

5 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 flat reel boxes, 2 CD boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 album boxes)