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 collection includes CD copies and print transcription of an interview by Matt Coyne, University of Notre Dame graduate, of Donald Seacrest and Rod T. Smith, both graduates of Appalachian State University, at the Barnes and Noble Store in Roanoke, Virginia in 2010.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This two-paged oral history interview of Jack Neilson gives a young man's perspective of summer camps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching as a national treasure, the Blue Ridge Parkway, was being constructed in the late 1940's.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Jan Davidson Manuscript contains Davidson's typescript of "All Along from Rodo to Hanging Dog", a musical oral history documentary. This screenplay was written by Jan Davidson and Robert F. Landau and was part of an National Endowment for the Arts application. Within "All Along from Rodo to Hanging Dog", Davidson details the history of his home town, Murphy, North Carolina and the surrounding Smokey mountains.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Jerry Pope and Rebecca Williams Papers consist of oral history interviews of twenty-five Watauga County, North Carolina residents.

1.25 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 folder in cold storage)

The Jerry Wayne Williamson Papers consists of materials generated from Williamson's research on film depictions of "hillbillies" and of video recordings of various Appalachian Studies scholars.

9.5 linear feet (19 boxes)

The John Alexander Williams Papers consist of Williams' research and professional files which he developed as a Professor of History at Appalachian State University. Materials include photocopies of primary sources, manuscripts, publications, posters, photographs, CD-ROMs, floppy discs, and West Virginia related artifacts.

64.25 linear feet (113 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 2 media boxes, 2 oversize)

The John Andrew Rice, Jr. Papers contain the literary remains and personal papers of John Rice, founder of Black Mountain College. The collection includes materials relating to the founding and early years of Black Mountain College.

7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)