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Jefferson Post Records,

Identifier: AC-1097

Scope and Contents

This collection consists almost entirely of photographs that are mostly unidentified and undated. The photographs were sorted into genres and identified when possible. Also included are 29 boxes of wooden photo blocks that were used during the printing of the newspaper.


  • 1899, 1923, 1929, 1959-1960, undated


All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Historical Note

The Jefferson Post is a twice-weekly newspaper printed in West Jefferson, North Carolina. It prints news, announcements and obituaries for Ashe County. The newspaper is owned by Civitas Media of Davidson, North Carolina, and has a circulation of 6,500. The Jefferson Post began publishing in 1988. The newspaper is the result of a merger between Ashe County's historic weekly newspaper The Skyland Post and a competing weekly of 10 years, the Jefferson Times.

The Skyland Post got its name from an early slogan for mountainous Ashe County, "The Land of the Sky." The Skyland Post was purchased in the 1930s by Ed M. Anderson. Stella W. Anderson was editor of The Skyland Post from her husband's death until the early-1980s when it was purchased by Patty Wheeler, and her husband, Al.

In October 1988, The Skyland Post merged with the Jefferson Times, which had been competing with the Post since August 1978.


55.5 Linear Feet (32 records boxes, 21 manuscripts, 3 short manuscripts, 13 shoeboxes, 3 medium flats, 1 CD box, and 1 oversize folder)


The Jefferson Post Records consists mainly of black and white and color photographs and/or negatives used in the printing of this Ashe County, North Carolina newspaper dating to the 1970s. The newspaper had several names: The Skyland Post, The Jefferson Times, and its current title, The Jefferson Post.


This collection is divided into three series according to format: Series I: Photographs (containing both black and white and color), Series II: Negatives (black and white), and Series III: Documents and Other Materials. The photos and negatives were identified when information was available and the original arrangement was maintained to the extent possible.

Acquisitions Information

Mid-South Management Company/Jefferson Times, Inc. donated this collection in April 2001. The collection was accessioned as AC.2001.055.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, November 2014. This collection has been minimally processed and requires more detailed processing in order for the photographs to be more accessible to researchers. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.1097: Jefferson Post Records, 1970s-2000s, undated
Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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