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 Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage Oral History Project is the result of a class project in one of Dr. Lynne Getz's history classes, Fall 1997, involving the history of the Cove Creek, North Carolina Garage in Watauga County.

0.75 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box & 1 CD box)

Materials in the Cratis D. Williams Papers cover the professional and private life of scholar and professor Cratis Williams, his studies in Appalachian literature, folklore and ballads, and the Appalachian Consoritum. The collection consists of materials related to Williams' work at Appalachian State University, academic and genealogical research, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings of folksongs and lectures, one VHS tape, two reels of microfilm, slides, and family memorabilia.

70 linear feet (140 boxes)

This collection contains correspondence between Cratis Williams and three of his close acquaintances, Walter Boone, Betsy Webster Schuchardt, and Maxine Hawks Thompson, dating between 1949 and 2003. The fourth folder contains Williams' eulogy he gave for David R. Hodgin, April 21, 1984.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The David Reid Hodgin Papers consists of the the faculty papers of David Hodgin, an Appalachian State Teachers College English professor from 1946 to 1965, along with copious notes and clippings associated with his areas of interest, essays, and teaching. There are also lots of audio materials, of which selected cassettes are digitized.

14 linear feet (28 boxes)

The David Worth Papers includes photographs, letters, newspaper articles, maps, and journal articles about the David Worth family and Creston located in Ashe County, North Carolina. The Worth family were merchants living in western Ashe County, North Carolina.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The Dean Allison Williams Papers is a collection of newspaper articles, community newsletters, and announcements concerning happenings and people of the Todd, North Carolina area.

0.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 half-sz manuscript box in Cold Storage)

This collection contains two copies of "Cowles and Hackett at Boone" as reported by Thomas Bingham, Esq., Clerk of Superior Court of Watauga County. Both are fragile and torn.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)