Politics and Government


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about politics and government, 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

While the Student Government at Appalachian State University dates back to 1939, the current Student Government Association was established in 1967 with the purpose communicating the concerns of students to the university administration and to promote the general welfare of the student body. The Student Government Association Records contain meeting agendas, governing constitution and activity materials, operating documents, VHS tapes, office files belonging to branches and groups of committees and councils, including memorabilia items within the election and campaign materials.

16.7 linear feet (32 boxes, 2 record cartons containing 102 VHS tapes, 1 oversize box, and 1 half-size manuscript box)

This collection consist of a small 5x7 notice confirming that the two men listed here (W.L. Hill and Thos. Massie) heard a statement made during a speech by Jacob Yost at Massie's Mill, Virginia. Made official by Justice of the Peace of Nelson County, Virginia R.W. Massie, dated October 30, 1884.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a single half-sheet of paper of The Statesman EXTRA Election Returns of the Second Congressional District of West Virginia, declaring C.J. (Charles J.) Faulkner as victorious in the 1874/1875 election.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Town of Boone, North Carolina Records consists of Board meeting minutes and transactions, decisions, maps, reports, photographs and digital photographs, and several court case transcripts and exhibits from citizens and/or businesses in the town limits of Boone, North Carolina, which have transpired since Dr. Fred Hay has been a member of the Board of Adjustments.

10.75 linear feet (11 manuscript, 1 half-size manuscript, 8 oversize folders and 2 COLD STORAGE envelopes)

This collection contains newspaper articles relating "queer bits" of Virginia legislature, circa 1887. One is about a session where the clock was turned back, one is about Fielding R. Cornett, and the other about Jasper J. Mustard. These papers are brittle and torn.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of Washington County, Tennessee Magistrate and Justice of the Peace Court Records appears to be various legal documents produced over the years 1936-1945 by a few magistrates of that county for varying infractions of the law.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Watauga County Government Ledgers consist of tax records, distribution, and ledgers originating from Watauga County's court house.

6 linear feet (8 boxes)