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

Watauga County Spring Festival Collection is a collection of fliers, newsletters, vendor information, and memorandum. The Watauga County Spring Festival was a popular Appalachian cultural affair during the 1970s. Held in various buildings at Appalachian State University, the Spring Festival was sponsored by a grant, the local schools and organizations.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This ledger book is from an unnamed attorney who practiced in Watauga County, North Carolina. It lists accounts charged and received in the year 1933.

0.75 linear feet (1 medium box)

This collection consists of three papers concerning the celebration of Watauga County's Centennial in 1949: an itinerary of upcoming events July 5-10, a tentative program for Education Day July 7, and a program for the pageant July 5-9 of Echoes of the Blue Ridge which lists all participants.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Western North Carolina Railroad Pamphlets and Map Collection contains nine nineteenth century pamphlets and one handcolored map related to railroads in North Carolina, dating 1856-1871. They are bound in a leather book. The Western North Carolina Railroad Pamphlets and Map Collection contains materials related to the operation of several North Carolina rail road companies, including the Western North Carolina Rail Road Company, the Greenville and French Board Rail Road Company, and the Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap and Charleston Railroad.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Wiley Smith Harmon Papers is made up of eleven reel-to-reel tapes and their transcriptions of Smith Harmon of Cove Creek, Watauga County, North Carolina, relating his life history and remembrances and of the Harmon family, covering the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

1.0 linear feet (2 boxes)

Wilkes Central Marching Band Collection consists of one untitled document which a band booster created as satire to assist Band Director Michael Matheny with having Wilkes Central High School Marching Band be selected to participate in the Rose Bowl Parade.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The William R. Dunlap Print consists of three copies of Dunlap's 1976 sketch of the home of Jesse Bare, Jr. on the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)