Local History


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources relating to local history in Watauga County and surrounding counties (Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, and Wilkes). Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

"Ashe County Quiet" is a pen and ink scene depicting an Ashe County barn built circa. 1880.

2 linear feet (1 oversized folder)

"Politics Pays" Collection contains faxed photocopies of newspaper clippings about plays by Lenoir Rhyne College students. Included is "Politics Pays", a play by Theodosia Watson. "Politics Pays" was by Theodosia Watson, a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. It is a love story and illustrates the Appalachian political party machine as Watson viewed it.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

"The Mistake of Young Men" is an an 1896 article from Carson-Newman College's The Carson-Newman Magazine. Its author, Appalachian State University founder Blanford Barnard Dougherty, wrote about the mistake of not continuing post-graduation learning.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The "Watauga County Times...Past" Records is a collection of materials generated by members and contributors of the Watauga County Historical Society. This collection contains incomplete issues of the "Watauga County Times...Past" publication, duplicated and original photographs used and not used for the journal as well as additional information to Watauga County history and Watauga County Historical Society's organizational history.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Adam Staley's Southern Claims Commission Collection contains the photocopied version of National Archives and Records Administration file on Adam Staley's claim to the Southern Claims Commission.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Aldridge Family Photograph consists of a photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. This photograph illustrates the family relationships and fashion of late nineteenth century Watauga County, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Andrew Jackson Greene Collection consists of 163 diaries written by Greene and describing Watauga County's education system, cultural and religious life, and agriculture from 1906 to 1942.

9.5 linear feet (20 boxes)