University History

Overview

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 spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

The Appalachian State University Oral History Projects, Audio Materials and Papers Collection is a mixture of audiocassettes from several oral history projects, conferences, and events, dating in the 1970s-1980s, some of which have been positively identified as to which project the interview is related while others are not. A few transcriptions, CD copies, and duplicates are also part of this collection.

37.75 linear feet (47 single cassette boxes, 12 double cassette boxes, 2 index card boxes, 1 half-manuscript, 2 flip-top CD boxes)

Appalachian Training School, a predecessor of Appalachian State University, operated from 1903 to 1925 focusing on teacher training. This collection contains property deeds for the school, a brochure promoting the school signed by B. B. Dougherty, student class constitution and minutes, library records, and a student magazine.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

B.B. Dougherty was a founder of the Appalachian Training School in 1903. His papers primarily include materials relating to Dr. Dougherty's role as an administrator of Appalachian State Teachers College and predecessor institutions (1903-1955), and his many positions on state boards and committees concerned with the education in North Carolina (1911-1957).

8.0 linear feet (13 boxes, 1 flat box, 2 oversize folders)

This collection contains students' oral history interviews, notes, final reports and other papers and audiovisual materials relating to the Blue Ridge Parkway/Basin Cove/Moses Cone Oral History Project, originating in the Department of History at Appalachian State University, circa 1975.

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Brenda Councill Mural in Belk Library and Information Commons DVD consists of a single DVD produced by Dr. Jeff Fletcher and Greg Williams that features Brenda Councill creating the murals in the atrium of the library, circa 2007.

0.5 (1 box)

The Brown-Scoggins collection contains papers, photographs, documents, and artifacts spanning the history of Appalachian State and Watauga County from the 19th Century to the early 21st. Much of the collection is devoted to the Dougherty, Brown, and Bartlett families with an emphasis on concerning B. B. and D. D. Dougherty, founders of what would become Appalachian State University.

9.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 3 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

This collection houses various drafts with edit notes from Cecelia Conway's Colonializing Appalachian (or Slashing the Homemade Quilt) in Denise Giardina's 'Storming Heaven', written in the mid to late 1990's, and videos of Ora Watson's performances of Appalachian mountain music in 1992.

2.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box, 1 records and 1 CD box)

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