University History


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the history of Appalachian State University. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

"The Mistake of Young Men" is an an 1896 article from Carson-Newman College's The Carson-Newman Magazine. Its author, Appalachian State University founder Blanford Barnard Dougherty, wrote about the mistake of not continuing post-graduation learning.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Anna Boyce Phillips Papers contain programs, photographs, and news clippings dating from the early 1900s to the late 1990s relating to events at Appalachian State Teachers College, particularly recitals, commencement, and Winkler Hall dedication.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Annie Dougherty Rufty (1903-2001) was one of four children of D. D. Dougherty and Lillie Shull Daughertry. This collection contains correspondence and a 1905 summer term card.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Materials in the Appalachian Cultural Museum Records cover the history of the museum from 1989 until its close in 2006. The collection contains materials concerned with the museum administration, correspondence, exhibits, events, and publicity.

88.2 linear feet (76 boxes, 4 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 audiocassette boxes, 4 small boxes, 3 flat boxes, 3 CD boxes, 1 square box, 10 shoeboxes, 10 oversize boxes, 1 rolled map, 9 oversize drawers)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

Appalachian State Teachers College, established in 1929 as a four-year college, was the precursor to Appalachian State University. The Appalachian State Teachers College Records include items such as early documents, correspondence, publications, speeches, and commencement addresses.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Appalachian State University Memory Project Records consists of oral histories documenting Appalachian State University and its surrounding community. This collection contains memories and biographical sketches of alumna, administrators, community members, faculty and staff connected to Appalachian State University.  The collection's oral histories were conducted between 2006 and 2017.  This collection continues to be an ongoing project.

4.2 linear feet (5 standard archival boxes, 1 tape archival flat box, and 1 CD archival storage box)