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 Horton Cooper Papers consists of his manuscript, "History of Avery County, North Carolina."

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Horton Family Papers are a collection of documents accumulated by the Horton family of Watauga County, North Carolina. Jonathan Horton and James Crittenden Horton generated most documents.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers document community life in twentieth century Valle Crucis, a small community in Watauga County, North Carolina. The collection consists of 46 oral history interviews recorded on 41 audiocassettes, research notes, news clippings and other materials Hughes used in the creation of his two books, Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place and  My Valle Crucis: The Thirties.

1 linear foot (3 boxes)

Ina and John Van Noppen were professors of History and English, respectively, at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1947 to 1972. This collection contains drafts of six books individually or jointly by the professors as well as research notes, research papers from past students, personal records and correspondence, and other items of personal and historical significance. A significant portion of the materials pertain to western North Carolina and the southern United States.

21.75 linear feet (31 boxes, 1 records carton, 5 oversize folders)

This collection contains correspondence, notebooks, pictures and other items regarding Ina Rose Greer (later Ina Rose Greer Akers) of Marion, Virginia. Items in this collection give examples of social activities and courtship practices in Appalachia circa 1916-1917.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Isaac Garfield Greer, known as I.G. or "Ike", a Watauga County native who worked as an history and government professor for Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1910 to 1932, was one of the only early collectors of Watauga County folk songs and ballads. The bulk of this collection consists of Greer's written and recorded ballad collection from Watauga County, North Carolina. View portions of this collection online.

5 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 flat reel boxes, 2 CD boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 album boxes)

J. Walter Jones, M.D. Records contains the medical ledger books of Dr. Walter Jones of Boone, North Carolina, dating from 1903 to 1924.

1 linear feet (1 record carton)