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 Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection is a collection of original and copied ballads, songs, and poetry (circa 1900) of southern Appalachia, along with correspondence with and 1976 presentation notes, audiovisual recordings, and slides of Dr. Doc Abrams.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Onnie Mell Busbin Jr. was a professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University from 1967-1991. Busbin's papers are mainly from his tenure at Appalachian State University and include his teaching materials and syllabi, as well as various correspondence, news clippings, and audiocassettes.  Busbin has researched and contributed to the field of library science, with his expertise in conservation, preservation, and children’s literature.

49.2 linear feet (115 boxes; 101 standard archival Hollinger boxes, 7 manuscript boxes, 6 tall archival Hollinger boxes, 3 flat boxes, and 1 audiocassette flat box)

The Mildred Teague Papers contain the letters, photographs, and yearbooks of former Appalachian State Teachers College student Mildred Elizabeth Teague of Boone, North Carolina. The letters detail life during World War II as written by her brother Horace Greeley "Butch" Teague.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Emma Moore Scrapbook was compiled by Emma Moore, former librarian at the Appalachian State Teachers College. The scrapbook includes information about the college, its students, and its faculty, especially B. B. and D. D. Dougherty. It covers from circa 1900 to 1957.

2 linear feet (1 box)

This collection consists of the transcription of the spoken part of a Live Concert of Dock Boggs at Appalachian State University on November 17, 1977. The originial recording is not a part of this collection.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes the original reel-to-reel tape of six songs of traditional mountain music. The date and location of the recording are unknown.

0.75 linear feet (1 medium box)

The records of the Student Financial Aid Office is used to secure and provide financial assistance to students seeking higher education at Appalachian State University. The Student Financial Aid offices contains primarily administrative files, reports, and program information dating 1959-1988. This collection includes department interactions and uses by annual reports and loan information for the chancellor office, faculty and committee meetings, fiscal operations, and memos on behalf of Student Development.

5.0 linear feet (10 standard archival boxes)