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Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection,

Identifier: UA-5017

Scope and Content

This collection contains scrapbooks and memorabilia documenting the experiences of Ella Williams Thompson and her husband Dr. Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs while they were students at Appalachian State Teacher’s College from 1933 to 1937. The collection includes correspondence, awards, and publications. Materials within the collection include newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, postcards, telegrams, alumni membership cards, annuals, certificates, and plaques. Topics covered in this collection include academics, Appalachian State wrestling and football, student activities, and student life. The collection is arranged into three series. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically. Series 1: Scrapbooks contains six scrapbooks created from Thompson’s and Hobbs’ letters, photographs, and other documentary memorabilia. Series 2: Memorabilia consists of non-paper memorabilia that relates to Thompson’s and Hobbs’ career at Appalachian and later, as supporters of Mountaineer athletics. Series 3: Publications contains seven inscribed annuals, one from 1934 and two from each year thereafter, that belonged to Thompson or Hobbs, in addition to an inscribed textbook entitled The Folk Dance Book, which was used by Thompson while a student at Appalachian.


  • 1933-2007


The materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

The Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection is open for research without restrictions in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended.

Biographical Note

Ella Williams Thompson was born on February 1, 1917 in Caswell County, North Carolina. She began attending Applalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) in 1933. She came from a simple home and worked several jobs to pay for her schooling. After graduating in 1937, she became a teacher in Virginia. Ella Hobbs died March 9, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs was born on December 2, 1912 in Edenton, North Carolina. After graduating high school in 1933, he attended ASTC and completed his studies in 1937. He later earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1941, and established a dentistry practice in Blacksburg, Virginia. Both Ella and Lloyd remained active in their community in Blacksburg (including with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) as well as with the ASTC community. Lloyd Hobbs died in 1994 in Buxton, North Carolina.


7.25 Linear Feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 records carton, 6 oversize boxes)


Ella W. Thompson and her husband Dr. Lloyd LeRoy Hobbs were students at Appalachian State Teacher's College from 1933 to 1937. This collection of scrapbooks, memorabilia, and publications documents their experiences at ASTC including correspondence with family and friends.


The collection is arranged into three series: Series I Scrapbooks, Series II Memorabilia, Series III Publications. Within each series, materials are arranged chronologically.

Acquisitions Information

The majority of this collection was donated to the University Archives by Ella and Lloyd Hobbs' daughter, Hannah Hobbs-Roulstone, in November 2007. It was accessioned in 2007 as UA.2007.131.

The framed letters housed in Box 8/Folder 2 were earned by Leroy Lloyd Hobbs, who played football and was on the wrestling team from 1935 to 1937, then donated by Lauren and Susan Payne on behalf of Lloyd L. Hobbs. They were accessioned as UA.2010.042

Processing Information

Processed by Ethan Brooks-Livingston under the supervision of Cynthia Harbeson, April 2011. Finding aid completed by Ethan Brooks-Livingston and Grant Maher, August 2011. Encoded by Cynthia Harbeson, April 2011.
UA.5017: Ella W. Thompson and Lloyd L. Hobbs Collection, 1933-2007
Ethan Brooks-Livingston and Grant Maher
August 10, 2011
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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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