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 copies of the Mountain State Story radio program scripts numbers one-A through sixty-B, and a letter to Mrs. Omer Arnold who requested the scripts from C.A. Linn, undated.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The North Carolina Folklore Society Audiocassettes is a collection nine audiocassettes and two videocassettes.

1 linear foot (1 box)

The Orville Hicks Storytelling Grant Documents contains Thomas McGowan's grant application to the NC Arts Council for his work with Orville Hicks. Orville Hicks is a storyteller from Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is Patricia Kilby's index of Cratis Williams' 1600-page thesis, "The Southern Mountaineer in Fact and Fiction" written in 1961. Her index was produced in 2002. It includes her original index cards, a printed copy, and digital copies.

2.25 linear feet (4 4x6 shoeboxes and 1 half-sized manuscript box)

Richard Chase Manuscript consists primarily of the manuscript of American Folk Tales and Songs, by folklorist and storyteller Richard Chase. The collection includes a two-part typed manuscript and various separate parts of the manuscript.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Richard Chase Papers is a collection of materials on folklorist Richard Chase, who was known especially for mountain tales such as the "Jack Tales." These papers appear to have originated from Dean Trivette, with whom Chase corresponded.

3.5 linear feet (1 box, 1 small shoebox, 1 oversize folder)

The Rogers V. Whitener Papers consist of typescript versions of his column, "Folkways and Folklore." "Folk-Ways and Folk-Speech" appeared weekly in the Watauga Democrat from 1973 to 1991, and other newspapers, giving provides insight into the folk culture of Watauga County, North Carolina during the late twentieth century.

4.75 linear feet (5 manuscripts, 2 shoeboxes, 1 records box, 2 oversize folders, 1 Cold Storage envelope)