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 Rosenblatt Piano Co. Salesman Trade Card is a single trade card measuring 2 1/2 x 4 1/2". The agent is M.N. Shufflebarger, Johnson City, Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

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

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is two letters from N.D. Ward, one addressed to Becky and Samuel and dated December 12, 1966. The other has no date or saluation, but its first sentence leads one to believe it is to Becky and Samuel, regarding their common ancestors and neighbors.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Samuel Horton Collection consists of Horton's photocopied high school and college documents, and correspondence from school and military life.  This collection illustrates the experiences of a Watauga County, North Carolina native with both local and Piedmont education and military life.

1 linear foot (1 box, 1 small shoebox)

Sanna Ross Gaffney Genealogy Research Papers contains information about family crests, along with some family tree information and articles explaining family/family name origins spanning 300 plus years, collected by Ms. Gaffney, an avid member of the Genealogical Society of Watauga County, Boone, North Carolina.

2.75 linear feet (5 manuscript and 1 half-size manuscript boxes)

The Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph consists of a negative of Sarah Louisa Shull's photograph and a digital reproduction of this photograph as well as a two page description of Shull.  Sarah Louisa Shull (1833-1932) was a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. She is best known for her affair with David Colvert "Colb" McCanles, who was killed by James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok in 1861.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This Shull's Mill Papers collection contains a variety of information about the mill and its owners. There are over 30 land grants and deeds to members of the Shull family through the 1800's, promissory notes for loans, receipts for payments made on loans, personal and business, a scant amount of Shull family genealogy, and lots of unidentified black and white photos of people and places.

9.5 linear feet (1 box, 1 large shoebox, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)