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

Watauga County Spring Festival Collection is a collection of fliers, newsletters, vendor information, and memorandum. The Watauga County Spring Festival was a popular Appalachian cultural affair during the 1970s. Held in various buildings at Appalachian State University, the Spring Festival was sponsored by a grant, the local schools and organizations.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of the student papers written for the folklore classes of William "Bill" Lightfoot, retired English professor at Appalachian State University, as well as audiocassettes of the student interviews.

4.25 linear feet (8 boxes)

The Willie Ferguson Papers includes two videocassettes and four music albums. Willie Ferguson was a fiddler from Tennessee.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The World's Fair (Knoxville, TN) Materials is a collection gathered from the 1982 World's Fair held in Knoxville, Tennessee by Mary Greene of Watauga County, North Carolina, who was a member of the World's Fair staff. This collection is divided into two series: 162A. Books and Official World's Fair Publications Series and 162B. Nonofficial World's Fair Materials Series. Oversized materials stored separately.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)