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 consists of a DVD of an interview of David Holt by Kelly Gentry in 2008. Also includes a research paper written by Ms. Gentry for Drs. Ballard and McGowan, December 8, 2008.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder-2 DVDs and paper)

The Lucy Long Papers are photocopies of Lucy Long's field notes, releases, and tape information generated for a project entitled "The Appalachian Oral History" and conducted by Long in the summer of 1980. Long studied the Hicks family of Beech Mountain and the use of the dulcimer.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

The Luray Greene Rominger Oral History Interviews collection consists of two audio cassettes with the transcripts of interviews of Grace C. Wilkins and Lisa P. Bryan in 2001.

1.5 linear feet (1 medium flat box and 1 CD box)

The Lynne Getz Student Papers consist of twenty-four oral history interviews of Watauga County, North Carolina residents conducted by Getz's public history students at Appalachian State University from 1997 to 2001. Transcripts of all interviews are available.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection consists of materials collected by Lynne Getz and her students relating to the hospital, its supporters, selected personnel and patients, and other papers and oral histories. Lynne Getz and her history students collected these materials as part of an oral history project on Broughton Hospital, a psychiatric hospital located in Morganton, North Carolina.

5.0 linear feet (7 manuscript boxes, 3 CD boxes)

The Marguerite Estep Carson Collection includes one reel-to-reel cassette, one audiocassette, and user and archival copies of Marguerite Carson's slide show about gravestones in the Appalachian region, as well as several articles about her and correspondence about her manuscript, "What Say'd These Stones?"

0.25 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box)

Marshall Ward Audio-cassettes consist of sixteen recordings of Ward's Jack tales and other stories.  Marshall Ward was raised in the Beech Mountain community of Avery County, North Carolina.

1.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 large audiocasette box, 1 CD box)