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 Soul of the People Oral History Project Records is a collection of three original taped oral histories of Watauga County, North Carolina residents, Paula Fink, Nora Percival, and Eleanor Church for an Appalachian History class in 2009.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD Box)

The collection contains interviews and biographical information on individuals interviewed by University of North Carolina students in the mid-to-late 1970s. Most of the interviews were collected in the vicinity of Catawba County, North Carolina.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Summers County, West Virginia Music Project was a collection of recordings by Deborah Thompson and Randi Silnutzer in 1981. Twenty-three hours of music and interviews were recorded on twenty-five audiocassettes.

2.25 linear feet (4 boxes)

This collection is from Susan Pepper, Professor of Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University, that documents an oral history project in her class, AS/IDS 2410, in 2007 in which students interviewed people in the area, transcribed their recorded interviews, and wrote papers about the people and their interviews.

1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)

The collection contains a speech outlining the history of springs in West Virginia given to the William Henshaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The author is unknown.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The Thomas Burton and Ambrose Manning Research Inventory is a list of videocassettes and audiocassettes found in East Tennessee State University's Oral History Collection. This list includes the person recorded, location, and content. This collection does not include the videotapes, audio cassettes or transcriptions of either.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

This collection contains oral history interviews conducted between 1956 and 2000. This oral history collections includes primarily former administrators, faculty, staff, retirees and students of Appalachian State University. Found in this collection are interviews of significant people like B.B. Dougherty, Satie Broyhill, Cratis Williams, Herbert Wey, Francis Borkowski, W.H. Plemmons, and Dr. Richard Howe. Many interviews conducted by the University Archivist, Ruth Currie. Included in this collections is an an oral history project representative of the Appalachian State University Graduate School. The bulk of the interviews in this entire collection were taken between 1993 and 1998.

5.25 linear feet (2 standard archival boxes, 4 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 vhs boxes, 1 flat manuscript box, and 1 audiocassette box)