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

The Mary Jane Putzel Papers contains original fiction stories by/about Putzel, drafts and edits of stories, hand-drawn pictures, several color photos, a scrapbook of mostly newspaper clippings, and a few audiovisual materials.

2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)

The Matewan Development Center Records contain records related to the Development Center/Visitor Center and to the history of Matewan, West Virginia. Matewan is a small town located in Mingo County along the Kentucky Border. The town is known for the "Matewan Massacre" as well as the Hatfield & McCoy Feud. The materials in this collection include oral history transcripts, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, and photographs.

4.0 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 small CD box, 1 oversize folder)

Michael and Ruth Yarrow Coal Mining Interviews contains interviews capturing narratives of life in the eastern coalfields throughout the 20th Century, primarily in West Virginia but also in Kentucky and Virginia. Among those interviewed were active coal miners, retired miners, women miners, black miners, and mine foremen. Miners' wives were interviewed as well as one miner's husband, three miners' daughters, one coal company president, and three coalfield professionals. Topics covered include working conditions, unionism, race, and experiences of women miners.

15.5 linear feet (9 small flat boxes, 1 small cassette box, 3 document boxes)

Mike Craver Interview consists of one compact disc recording of an interview between Matthew Weaver and Mike Craver, an original member of the Red Clay Ramblers.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Mildred McDowell Jones, a resident of Caldwell County, North Carolina, and descendant of prominent families of the area, is best known for her leadership in the restoration of Fort Defiance, the home of General William Lenoir and his descendants. Special historical interests were the American Revolutionary and Civil War periods.

3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

The Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts consists of 41 transcriptions oral interviews of 49 Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Interviews were conducted in 1973 and 1974.

0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

Dr. Michael Wade's graduate students in 1987 conducted interviews of New River Light and Power Company employees. The transcripts along with research on New River Light and Power Company were utilized by his graduate students in his 2006 Seminar in Oral History class to complete the "Research Design for the History of the New River Light and Power Company" document in December 2006.

1.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 audio-cassette box)