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 Appalachian State University Internship Office of Appalachian State University endeavors to help students search, apply for, secure an internship, while interacting with the Internship Program. This collection contains internship program materials, chancellor correspondence, administrative files, workshop information, academic endeavors in field experience education, and general office papers regarding student internships, with materials dating from 1965-1988.

4.6 linear feet (11 boxes)

This collection includes CD copies and print transcription of an interview by Matt Coyne, University of Notre Dame graduate, of Donald Seacrest and Rod T. Smith, both graduates of Appalachian State University, at the Barnes and Noble Store in Roanoke, Virginia in 2010.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Isaac Garfield Greer, known as I.G. or "Ike", a Watauga County native who worked as an history and government professor for Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1910 to 1932, was one of the only early collectors of Watauga County folk songs and ballads. The bulk of this collection consists of Greer's written and recorded ballad collection from Watauga County, North Carolina. View portions of this collection online.

5 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 flat reel boxes, 2 CD boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 album boxes)

James Franklin Haynes began his teaching career after attending a six week summer course at Appalachian State Normal School in 1912. This collection contains exerpts of letters witten by Haynes to his daugher Mary Hayes Dalton in which he writes of his memories of attending Appalachian State Normal School.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Dr. John H. Workman was Professor of Economics at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1946 to 1960. The John H. Workman Film Collection includes sixteen 8mm films, both black & white and in color, mostly pertaining to Appalachian State Teachers College and the surrounding area, known as the High Country. There is also one VHS tape which includes copies of five of the films.

1 linear foot (16 8mm films, 1 VHS tape)

The Julian C. Yoder Papers includes materials generated for and by Appalachian State Teachers College professor Julian Yoder.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Louise Parks, from Huntersville, NC, was a student at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1929-1934. This scrapbook dates from 1928-1931, in which she documents the activities she was involved with. The collection contains various candy wrappers, letters, cards, programs, postcards, and poems that Miss Parks glued to the scrapbook pages.

1.0 linear feet (1 oversize box)