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 Carl Ross Papers is a collection of Carl Ross' academic research and students papers, predominantly from his classes on Appalachian Culture and History. The collection includes extensive materials on the history and architecture of the Brinegar Cabin located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also a number of materials related to Dr. Ross' passion for the Civil War and living history programs. A bulk of the collection is centered around Ross' interest in Appalachian Studies and his work in documenting the history of the region.

13.25 linear feet (17 record boxes, 3 half sized, 1 small oversize, 3 overzsize folders)

The Cassie M. Robinson Papers consist of two papers from her Appalachian Studies graduate courses. They are entitled "Tabernacle Baptist Church: 'The Friendly Little Church by the Road' " and "Community Studies in the Toe River Valley."

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection houses various drafts with edit notes from Cecelia Conway's Colonializing Appalachian (or Slashing the Homemade Quilt) in Denise Giardina's 'Storming Heaven', written in the mid to late 1990's, and videos of Ora Watson's performances of Appalachian mountain music in 1992.

2.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 records and 1 CD box)

The records of the Center for Appalachian Studies, located at Appalachian State University, gives some history of the Center, its functions, its projects, and key people in its operations. The Center's records gives evidence of the activities that seek to encourage to study and invest in the region and its social, economic, and cultural development.

19.0 linear feet (31 manuscript boxes, 3 half-size manuscript, 2 shoeboxes, 1 small and 1 medium flats)

The Charlotte Ross Papers contains her Appalachian bibliography note card collection as well as personal files relevant to the Appalachian region, American history and folklore studies. Charlotte Ross's Bibliography of Southern Appalachia is a comprehensive bibliography of Appalachian books up to 1976.

7.5 linear feet (18 index card file boxes; 7 manuscript boxes; 2 half-sized manuscript boxes; one oversized folder; and one cold-storage folder)

The Chuck Hemrick Papers include almost two hundred video cassettes and air film from the Blue Ridge Views television news spots, originally shown on local ABC-TV affiliate program WGHP in the late 1980s. This collection contains audio-visual footage of Appalachian crafts people, folk singers and other local traditions of northwestern North Carolina.

6 linear feet (5 boxes)

The Cook Family Land Deeds contain three land deeds dating 1793, 1796, and 1844. The 1793 land deed concerns the land acquisition for the Three Forks Baptist Church in Alexander County; the 1796 land deed is for land in Wilkes County; and the 1844 land deed is for land in Ashe County.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box containing 3 oversize folders, 2 CDs)

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