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 Shulls Mills Feed and Grain Company was operated by J.E. Harbin from 1916 to 1960 in the town of Shulls Mills, NC. The collection includes financial materials from 1916 - 1970, including 4 ledgers which contain records of individual customers, as well as 3 other accounting books and loose material which contains purchase order information and sales records.

1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

Shulls Mills Photographs contain two photographs of Shulls Mills circa-1920, one original and one copy.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This video, Sky People: The Art and History of Blowing Rock, was created by Rebecca Jones and commissioned by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. It introduces museum visitors to Blowing Rock, North Carolina and the High Country.

0.05 linear feet (1 folder)

The Soul of the People Oral History Project Records is a collection of three original taped oral histories of Watauga County, North Carolina residents, Paula Fink, Nora Percival, and Eleanor Church for an Appalachian History class in 2009.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD Box)

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records (SAHA) include SAHA's administrative papers, correspondence, brochures, souvenir programs, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and films relating to the organization, regional history, and the play, "Horn in the West." Also included are materials relating to the establishment of Daniel Boone Native Gardens, the Daniel Boone, Overmountain, and Buffalo Trails, research into Appalachian people and culture, Daniel Boone and his descendants, other productions at the Powderhorn Theater and Daniel Boone Amphitheater, and materials relating to Hickory Ridge Homestead and the museum's holdings.

58.75 linear feet (82 boxes)

The collection contains interviews and biographical information on individuals interviewed by University of North Carolina students in the mid-to-late 1970s. Most of the interviews were collected in the vicinity of Catawba County, North Carolina.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Speculation Land Company Records are the records from the owners and agents of the North Carolina branch of the New York-based Speculation Land Company primarily between 1796 and 1920. The collection consists of approximately 10,000 original documents, including land deeds, surveys, land plats, record books, business checks, business and personal correspondence. There are also maps, unidentified information packets, and one photograph. Other portions of Speculation Land Records are located at University of North Carolina at Asheville and Chapel Hill.

33.5 linear feet (27 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders)