Local History

Overview

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 Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame Collection consists of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame 2008 information packet and related contact letter for the first annual celebration of inductees.

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame was designed in 2008 to honor musicians in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is also intended to strengthen music tourism and education in Wilkes County and the greater Blue Ridge Mountains.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains students' oral history interviews, notes, final reports and other papers and audiovisual materials relating to the Blue Ridge Parkway/Basin Cove/Moses Cone Oral History Project, originating in the Department of History at Appalachian State University, circa 1975.

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

This collection contains the handwritten weekly statistics of Sunday meetings at the Boone Chapel Church in Boone, North Carolina during the years of 1937 and 1938 entered into a Day Book, along with Nameplates of several members.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Boone Community Book is a hand-crafted book with mostly originial comments and artwork relating to the idea of "community" and the authors' interpretations. Included also are community-related newspaper clippings of events and agencies.

0.8 linear feet (1 oversized box)

The Brazillar and Sallie Davis Family Bible is the family Bible of Brazillar and Sallie Proffitt Davis of Watauga County, North Carolina. The Davises married in 1887. The bible contains records of their family members' births, deaths, and marriages dating from 1868 to 1961.

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Brown-Scoggins collection contains papers, photographs, documents, and artifacts spanning the history of Appalachian State and Watauga County from the 19th Century to the early 21st. Much of the collection is devoted to the Dougherty, Brown, and Bartlett families with an emphasis on concerning B. B. and D. D. Dougherty, founders of what would become Appalachian State University.

9.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)

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