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 Jack Guy Papers contains audio, photographic, and three-dimensional materials (toys) generated by folk artist and musician Jack Guy of Avery County, North Carolina. The audio recordings contain interviews and music of various Watauga County residents, including Gaither Carlton, Mack Presnell, Tab Ward, Arnold Watson, Willard Watson. The black and white photographs feature Guy's folk toys.

4 linear feet (5 boxes)

James R. York (1907-circa. 1980s) and his wife Lessie York were singers of traditional songs which they learned from family members in Iredell and Davie Counties. The James York Family Folksong Collection contains both handwritten and typed folksongs.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Jerry Pope and Rebecca Williams Papers consist of oral history interviews of twenty-five Watauga County, North Carolina residents.

1.25 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 folder in cold storage)

The Jerry Wayne Williamson Papers consists of materials generated from Williamson's research on film depictions of "hillbillies" and of video recordings of various Appalachian Studies scholars.

9.5 linear feet (19 boxes)

The John Alexander Williams Papers consist of Williams' research and professional files which he developed as a Professor of History at Appalachian State University. Materials include photocopies of primary sources, manuscripts, publications, posters, photographs, CD-ROMs, floppy discs, and West Virginia related artifacts.

64.25 linear feet (113 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 2 media boxes, 2 oversize)

K.B. Todd Family Estate Auction Advertisement consists of a color tri-folded brochure of the K.B. Todd Family Estate Auction in Galax, Virginia. This flier illustrates the contents of an Appalachian home.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Kathryn E. Parke Papers contains collected booklets, brochures, and newsletters from John C. Campbell Folk School, the Highlander Center, Berea College, and other folk schools in the Appalachian region.

1.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half-sized box, 1 medium oversize flat box)