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 Photograph of John Riddle's Children Standing on Tweetsie Engine is a black and white 13 x 20 photo on cardstock of two girls standing on the engine of Tweetsie Railway, in either Boone or Linville, North Carolina.

0.02 linear feet (1 oversize folder, and folder with CDs containing the scanned image)

The Public School Records for Avery and Watauga Counties contain public school records for selected districts of Watauga and Avery counties, primarily the Beech Mountain and Laurel Creek areas. Records cover various years from 1889 to 1932. The records provide students' ages, guardians' names, attendance and the teachers' comments. Some undated sheets included.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This hardware store ledger was created by the R.F. Greene Hardware Store in Boone, North Carolina, dating 1929-1931.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The collection contains photographs of Baby, a sugar maple tree purported to be the largest and oldest tree in Boone and, possibly, the oldest tree in the State of North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The Richard Humphrey Audiocassettes and Transcriptions includes audiocassettes of a lecture Humphrey gave to Carl Ross' history course in 1988 along with its transcriptions, typed and in longhand. The collection also contains an audiocassette of Cratis Williams' Memorial Service and a cassette of Pat Morgan.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The Robert C. Proffit Papers contains Proffit's genealogical materials, genealogical correspondence, and religious materials. This collection primarily regards the genealogy of the Meat Camp community of Watauga County, North Carolina.

3.75 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 folder in Cold Storage)

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)