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 of Ruth Caudill Warren consists of 21 photocopied, handwritten folk songs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Stevenson, Alabama Cockfighting Illustration includes a framed drawing of the winner of a 1923 cockfight from Stevenson, Alabama.

3 linear feet (1 box)

The Thomas McGowan papers contain materials primarily concerned with the folk heritage of North Carolina. The papers include materials related to the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award as well as information on various regional musicians, artisans, and folk collectors. The audiovisual materials hold footage and audio recordings of regional artists such as Stanley Hicks, Bertha Cook, Doc Watson, and Marshall Ward.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Thomas Burton and Ambrose Manning Research Inventory is a list of videocassettes and audiocassettes found in East Tennessee State University's Oral History Collection. This list includes the person recorded, location, and content. This collection does not include the videotapes, audio cassettes or transcriptions of either.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Thomas Read Storytelling Collection has three original CDs with Mr. Read's storytelling of his hunting and fishing adventures.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes a typed letter dated 2008 from Vana J. Plaisance regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. A color photograph is also contains a color photograph of Plaisance at the 2008 National Convention of the American Folklore Society in Louisville, Kentucky.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder in Cold Storage)

The Abrams Papers contains the papers and research of Appalachian State University English Professor and folksong scholar William Amos Abrams. It includes audio recordings including folksongs and presidential speeches
from the 1940s, written folksongs and ballads, correspondence, speeches, and education notes. The audio recordings were recorded primarily in Watauga County. Digitized copies of ballads and folksongs are available online at Documenting Appalachia's "So Mote It Ever Be."

31.0 linear feet (42 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 3 CD boxes, 6 small shoeboxes, 1 large shoebox, 2 flat boxes, 3 oversize folders, 7 album boxes in cold storage)