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

The J.S. Hodges Bank Notes includes notes drawn by J.S. Hodges against Watauga County Bank, Johnson County Bank and individual Watauga County citizens. J. S. Hodges lived in Vilas, North Carolina during the early twentieth century and the bank notes represent the years 1912 to 1921.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Jack Guy Papers contains audio, photographic, and three-dimensional materials (toys) generated by folk artist and musician Jack Guy of Avery County, North Carolina. The audio recordings contain interviews and music of various Watauga County residents, including Gaither Carlton, Mack Presnell, Tab Ward, Arnold Watson, Willard Watson. The black and white photographs feature Guy's folk toys.

4 linear feet (5 boxes)

The Jacob Winebarger Ledger consists of the microfilm of Jacob Winebarger's millwright ledger dated 1852-1870. His operation was located in Meat Camp, North Carolina. Included are his ledger records for 1852-1854 and 1870 as well as 1916-1953-era inserted business advertisement letters and tax receipts.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

James R. York (1907-circa. 1980s) and his wife Lessie York were singers of traditional songs which they learned from family members in Iredell and Davie Counties. The James York Family Folksong Collection contains both handwritten and typed folksongs.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection contains correspondence of James Sweet regarding a 1930s birth control study in Watauga County, North Carolina conducted by Lena Gilliam Hilliard, copies of related birth control articles, Sweet's handwritten notes, and an interview questionnaire filled out by Hilliard's husband, Ernest Hilliard.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

James Thomas Broyhill (August 19, 1927- ), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina. Born in Lenoir, North Carolina to James Edgar and Satie Hunt Broyhill. Elected November 1962 as a Representative to the Eighty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses. Second longest acting Congressman in the history of North Carolina. Resigned as a Representative July 14, 1986 upon appointment to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John East. Served as State Senator from July 14, 1986 to November 10, 1986. Unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate seat in 1986. Served as the Secretary, North Carolina Department of Economic and Community.

535 linear feet (1,132 boxes)

The Jefferson Post Records consists mainly of black and white and color photographs and/or negatives used in the printing of this Ashe County, North Carolina newspaper dating to the 1970s. The newspaper had several names:  The Skyland Post,  The Jefferson Times, and its current title,  The Jefferson Post.

55.5 linear feet (32 records boxes, 21 manuscripts, 3 short manuscripts, 13 shoeboxes, 3 medium flats, 1 CD box, and 1 oversize folder)