National Parks

Overview

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

Manuscript Collections

A. Chase Ambler Book Collection consists of six bound volumes addressing the early unsuccessful movement to establish of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

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)

The Blue Ridge Garden Club Records includes newspaper articles, scrapbooks, minutes, and treasurer and secretary papers from the Blue Ridge Garden Club. This collection showcases Watauga County, North Carolina's first organized garden club and its activities. Originally an exclusive group, the Blue Ridge Garden Club was active in Beautification Projects and coordinating a junior club. One of their main projects was the creation of the Daniel Boone Garden in 1961. The project books and club scrapbooks contain many photographs from the 1950s through the 1990s and illustrates the development of the town of Boone, North Carolina.

7 linear feet (14 boxes)

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Records originate from an organization of small and large businesses focused on tourism along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The organization advertizes the businesses, produced brochures and a newsletter called the 'Mile Post', and marketed the Blue Ridge Parkway. It also worked to complete the Blue Ridge Parkway's link.

7.5 linear feet (13 archival boxes and 1 flat box)

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 Delaware Water Gap Stereograph is a 4.25" x 7" black and white stereoscopic photograph intended for use with a stereoscope or stereo card viewer. This card stereograph, with the caption "View at Promontory," depicts the Delaware River as it cuts across a mountain ridge to form the Delaware Water Gap.

0.01 linear feet (1 stereograph)

This Great Smoky Mountains National Park Souvenir Folder is a colorful, 18-image accordian folder, depicting the scenes in and around this national park and featuring a brief description and history of the park.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

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