This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about music, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

"Many a Man's Been Murdered by the Rail Road" Song is a four page manuscript of a West Virginia railroad ballad.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The "Mother Memories" is a three page manuscript sheet music by Nancy B. Peterson and Charmian Thomas Weatherly. In memory of Mrs. Emma L. Thomas. This song, written by Appalachian Virginian women, romanticizes one's mother.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

"The West Virginia Hills" Song is a laminated 1996 broadside of Reverend David King's 1879 "The West Virginia Hills", with Robert Tuckwiller's mountain scene as a backdrop.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The Appalachian Crafts and Music Festival Collection includes thirty-five audiocassettes and six videocassettes, recorded at the Appalachian Crafts and Music Festivals in 1984, 1985, and 1987. The Appalachian Crafts and Music Festival was an annual event in Watauga County, North Carolina featuring local and regional craftsmen and musicians.

1.0 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 audiocassette box, 1 large shoebox of VHS tapes)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

Ballads, Poems and Folklore: History of Yadkin County contains one hand-made book of 41 pages of hand-written ballads, poems and folklore, created by Mildred Sou[?]. It is in delicate condition.This booklet contains 24 items such as Auld Lang Syne, Bonny Barbara Allen, The Wife of Usher's Well, and anecdotes on Yadkin County court trials.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Barbara McDermitt Papers is a collection of 34 original audiocassettes of Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Informants, who are primarily storytellers and folk singers, include Ray Hicks, Stanley Hicks, Hattie Presnell, Frank Proffitt, Jr., and Leonard Roberts. This collection contains oral histories from nationally reknowned storyteller Ray Hicks as well as many of his Beech Creek neighbors and kin.

0.5 linear feet (2 boxes)