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Carl Ross papers

Identifier: AC-193

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a large body of student papers and bibliographies collected from Ross' Appalachian History students, along with a few reports on non-Appalachian subjects. Materials on the Brinegar Cabin, located on the Blue Ridge parkway, include ephemera, blueprints, and transcribed interviews. Academic files include course materials as well as paperwork related to Dr. Ross' position as Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies. Civil War materials include information on Civil War historic sites and living history programs, particularly the reenactment organized by Dr. Ross at Camp Broadstone. Also included are ephemera and notes related to events, lectures, and conferences and Dr. Ross' correspondence and personal files. Research materials are primarily related to the Appalachian Region and include the letters of the Kimbrough Family, 1866-1887, along with a photocopied diary of a Confederate soldier, J. W. Dugger. Photographs include Ross family photographs, historic images of Watauga County, Civil War reenactment pictures, photograph of convicted murderer Lloyd Frazier, and photographs from student papers. Oral history audiocassettes from Ross' student focus on western North Carolina and East Tennessee.


  • 1866-1989, undated

Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Biographical Note

Carl Augustus Ross, Jr. (1931-1988) was born in Spring Place, Georgia to Carl and Rosa Smith Ross. He received his Ph.D. from University of Georgia in 1966. He worked as a History professor at Appalachian State University from 1966 to 1988 and as the director of the Center for Appalachian Studies from 1984 to 1988. He taught Appalachian History and Latin American courses and researched local and regional history. Ross served as president of the Western North Carolina Historical Association from 1982 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1988. He also served as president of the Watauga County Historical Society form 1982 to 1988, on the Board of Directors of the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians. Ross was the editor of Watauga County Times Past from 1985 to 1988 and of the university publication Appalink. He and his wife Charlotte T. Ross had two children: Clarinda and Tyler.


13.25 Linear Feet (17 manuscript boxes, 3 half sized, 1 small oversize, 3 overzsize folders, 1 CD box, 1 shoebox)

Language of Materials



The Carl Ross Papers is a collection of Carl Ross' academic research and students papers, predominantly from his classes on Appalachian Culture and History. The collection includes extensive materials on the history and architecture of the Brinegar Cabin located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also a number of materials related to Dr. Ross' passion for the Civil War and living history programs. A bulk of the collection is centered around Ross' interest in Appalachian Studies and his work in documenting the history of the region.


The collection is arranged into nine series.

Series I: Student Papers is arranged by the original arrangement established by Dr. Ross.

Series II: Brinegar Cabin is arranged into two subseries. Subseries A: Architectural Materials and Subseries B: Family Materials are arranged alphabetically.

Series III: Academic Files, Series IV: Civil War, Series V: Events, Lectures, and Conferences, Series VI: Organizations and Societies, Series VII: Personal Papers, and Series VIII: Research are all arranged alphabetically.

Series IX: Audiovisual is arranged into three subseries. Subseries A: Black and White Photographs and Subseries B: Color Photographs are arranged alphabetically. Subseries C: Oral Histories maintains its original arrangement.

Added User and Archival CD Copies of Box 20's original cassette tapes #1-23, 3/24/2015.

Missing Title

  1. Alleghany County (N.C.) -- History
  2. Appalachian Region -- History
  3. Blue Ridge Parkway (N.C. and Va.)
  4. Boone (N.C.) -- History
  5. Brinegar Family
  6. Doughton Park
  7. Ross, Carl, 1931-1988
  8. Ross, Charlotte

Acquisitions Information

The student paper collection remained in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection main stacks for many years without a call number. At least one student paper has been stolen. Appalachian Collection employees Dr. Fred Hay and Dean Williams transferred the student papers from the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection main stacks to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Closed Collection on August 18, 2000. Carl Ross's widow Charlotte donated 193B. Brinegar Cabin Series in Spring 2003. This collection was opened to the public on June 20, 2003. The Carl Ross Papers from the University Archives were combined with AC.193: Carl Ross Papers in September 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, 20 June 2003; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, 29 June 2005; Reprocessed with additions and finding aid revised by Trevor McKenzie, September 2014. This collection was reprocessed 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.193: Carl Ross Papers, 1866-1989, undated
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley, Rachel Critzer, Rosemary Ulrey
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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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