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"Watauga County Times...Past" records

Identifier: AC-223

Scope and Contents

The Watauga County Historical Society was organized in 1977, mostly through the efforts of Appalachian State University history professors Max Dixon and Carl Ross, and it went through periods of activity and dormancy in the following 30 years. The group is a means of educating the public about the history of Watauga County and is a vehicle for the preservation of the culture of the area. A journal entitled “Watauga County Times...Past” was published for several years in the 1980s, with community members and scholars contributing articles to the journal. Another project spearheaded by the society was the transfer of a 1937 film of Boone from 8 millimeter to video, with the tape made available to schools and libraries. Within this collection are complete and incomplete issues of the journal/newsletter, along with research articles and notes, black and white photographs, some identified, some not, and correspondence with Society members and contributors to the journal.


  • circa 1900-1990, undated


All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Historical note

The Watauga County Historical Society is a historical society for Watauga County, North Carolina. It was organized in 1976 as part of local bicentennial activities. Along with the Appalachian State University History Department, it published the "Watauga County Times...Past" from 1981 to 1992. It became defunct from 1988 to 1992, due to the death of editor Carl A. Ross, who also served as Appalachian State University's Professor of History and director of the Center for Appalachian Studies. After one issue in 1992, the publication was no longer published. During the late 1990s and 2000, citizens attempted to rebuilt the Watauga County Historical Society.

Missing Title

  1. Genealogy -- sources
  2. Watauga County (N.C.)
  3. Watauga County Times...past


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The "Watauga County Times...Past" Records is a collection of materials generated by members and contributors of the Watauga County Historical Society. This collection contains incomplete issues of the "Watauga County Times...Past" publication, duplicated and original photographs used and not used for the journal as well as additional information to Watauga County history and Watauga County Historical Society's organizational history.


The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Past Issues and Research and Series II: Oral History Interviews and other Publications. Those folders with dated contents are arranged chronologically.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Critcher, January 19, 2005; Encoded by Rachel Critcher and Kathryn Staley, 2005; Revised processing by Anita Elliott, July 2013. 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.223: "Watauga County Times...Past" Records, circa 1900-1990, undated
Processed by: Rachel Critcher; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley and Rachel Critcher
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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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