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

This collection consists of a DVD of an interview of David Holt by Kelly Gentry in 2008. Also includes a research paper written by Ms. Gentry for Drs. Ballard and McGowan, December 8, 2008.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder-2 DVDs and paper)

The Marguerite Estep Carson Collection includes one reel-to-reel cassette, one audiocassette, and user and archival copies of Marguerite Carson's slide show about gravestones in the Appalachian region, as well as several articles about her and correspondence about her manuscript, "What Say'd These Stones?"

0.25 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box)

Marshall Ward Audio-cassettes consist of sixteen recordings of Ward's Jack tales and other stories.  Marshall Ward was raised in the Beech Mountain community of Avery County, North Carolina.

1.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 large audiocasette box, 1 CD box)

This collection consists of the transcription of the spoken part of a Live Concert of Dock Boggs at Appalachian State University on November 17, 1977. The originial recording is not a part of this collection.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Moses Adams Papers include the Moses Adams Manuscript, its transcription by W. Amos Abrams, and papers generated by Eric Olson related to the manuscript. This manuscript is one of the oldest collections of ballads from northwestern North Carolina. The Adams family, which resided in Wilkes County, North Carolina, sang ballads for many generations.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Mountain Home Music, Inc. Collection consists of recorded music and radio shows of the Old Time Music in the Mountains and Mountain Home Music era, 1994-1995. There are several formats of originals: VHS, DAT, ADAT, DV, Betacam tapes, reel-to-reel, digital betacams, and UMatics. Many of the shows/music are recorded in duplication in several formats, and at least one version of each show has been digitized for patron usage.

33.0 linear feet (7 short records boxes, 7 CD boxes, 2 medium flats, 10 shoeboxes, 14 record boxes)

This collection includes the original reel-to-reel tape of six songs of traditional mountain music. The date and location of the recording are unknown.

0.75 linear feet (1 medium box)