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 Edmond Spencer Blackburn Papers concern Blackburn's Congressional and legal career and his family. Edmond Blackburn was a native of Watuaga County, North Carolina. A Republican, he had an extensive political career including the U.S. Congress from March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903 and from March 4, 1905 until his death in 1912.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) Portrait Stories collection contains color copies of twelve handwritten, autobiographical stories with hand-drawn portraits of Elk Knob Community (North Carolina) residents, and copies of them on CD.

0.25 linear feet (1 small CD box, 1 oversize folder)

This small collection consists of one page with the autographs of Eng and Chang Bunker, dated January 2, 1835. It was written for Israel K. Tefft from Savannah, Georgia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

These materials were the personal collection of Faye Greer Hodges of Watauga County, North Carolina. The selections of sheet music are representative of music popular during Faye's early years including novelty songs, broadway hits, and waltzes.

1.5 linear feet (1 oversize box)

The Globe (North Carolina) Photographic Map contains two handdrawn maps and six Polaroid photographs of landmarks from the Globe Community in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

1 linear feet (1 box)

Globe (North Carolina) Public School Records consist of school records of Globe School in Caldwell County, North Carolina, for selected years between 1858 and 1886.

1 linear feet (1 box)

This collection of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church Papers includes information, programs, and articles on the church's 75th anniversary which occurred November 15, 1998.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)