Oral History


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about oral history, 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

This small collection consists of four typed pages of the Reminiscences of Joseph P. Lyle, Soldier in the Civil War, written as told by Carrie Summers Smith, no date given.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Allen High School, originally named the Allen Industrial Training School, was a girls' private boarding school located in Asheville, North Carolina, which served the African-American population from 1887 to 1974. The collection includes photographs, annuals, brochures, letters, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials relating to the Allen School and Winifred Wrisley's relationship to the school as Music Teacher and to the United Methodist Church.

12.0 linear feet (19 boxes)

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 Appalachian State University Memory Project Records consists of oral histories documenting Appalachian State University and its surrounding community. This collection contains memories and biographical sketches of alumna, administrators, community members, faculty and staff connected to Appalachian State University.  The collection's oral histories were conducted between 2006 and 2017.  This collection continues to be an ongoing project.

4.2 linear feet (5 standard archival boxes, 1 tape archival flat box, and 1 CD archival storage box)

The Appalachian State University Oral History Projects, Audio Materials and Papers Collection is a mixture of audiocassettes from several oral history projects, conferences, and events, dating in the 1970s-1980s, some of which have been positively identified as to which project the interview is related while others are not. A few transcriptions, CD copies, and duplicates are also part of this collection.

37.75 linear feet (47 single cassette boxes, 12 double cassette boxes, 2 index card boxes, 1 half-manuscript, 2 flip-top CD boxes)

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)

Blowing Rock Historical Society Records consist of interviews of residents of the long-standing tourist town Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Blowing Rock Historical Society regularly conducts regular oral history interviews of Blowing Rock citizens. Subjects vary from growing up during the 1940s through 1970s, architecture, various church histories, bohemian culture, businesses, and family histories.

4.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 4 audiocasette boxes, 2 CD boxes)