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 Organization on the Status of Women was created in 1973 and continued to support inquiry into issues concerning faculty women at Appalachian throughout the late 1980s. This collection is comprised of notebooks containing the minutes, reports, meeting notes, and other files regarding the organization activity.

1.25 linear feet (3 standard archival boxes)

The Patricia Duane Beaver Papers contain a wealth of information about the conferences she attended, research on Appalachia, some family and personal mementos of travels as well as books, journals and oral histories relating to Appalachian Studies.

60.0 linear feet (67 manuscript boxes, 11 CD boxes, 20 shoe box, 4 oversize flat boxes, 3 small manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript in Cold Storage, one oversize folder)

The Sketches of Early Watauga collection contains 20 original sketches by Dr. Margaret 'Peggy' Polson of Watauga County, North Carolina. The sketches depict early homes, businesses, and scenes, all dated 1972 and published in 1973.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

At Appalachian State University, Dr. Richard Howe has served as a professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies in the Reich College of Education, as Director of Compliance Programs, and as Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. The Richard Howe Papers contain materials and documents pertaining to Howe’s publications on Faculty Emeriti and on the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities (NCACU). Included in this is Richard Howe's publication materials on the Leaders of Appalachian Alumni Family and the Warrensburg-Lathan Highschool Class of 1957 30th Renunion.

8.8 linear feet (16 standard archival boxes, 3 manuscript boxes)

This collection consists of two original audio cassettes and the transcription of them, along with a user and an archival CD copy of the cassettes. They are entitled "Ruth Edmisten Lentz on Appalachian Training School" May 9, 1996 and "Ruth Edna Edmisten Lentz Interview" June 14, 1996. The interviews are between Ralph Lentz II and his grandmother, Ruth Edmisten Lentz.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Soul of the People Oral History Project Records is a collection of three original taped oral histories of Watauga County, North Carolina residents, Paula Fink, Nora Percival, and Eleanor Church for an Appalachian History class in 2009.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD Box)

This is a collection of eight audiocassettes from the 1982 Southern Anthropological Society conference, featuring speakers on topics of Appalachia.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD shoebox)