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Betty McFarland Papers,

Identifier: AC-511

Scope and Contents

Ms. McFarland's collection reveals some historic events and people of the early days of Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina. The copied clippings and the newspaper about the Centennial have many historic articles and photographs of some of the families who settled Boone, as well as some infamous facts about its people. Photos of Boone after a flood (possibly the 1916 flood) are evidence of the destruction of Boone, and more recent photos show how its residents recovered and rebuilt Boone. Several photos of old houses are identified on the backs and additional information has been included if available.


  • 1958-1975, undated



Access Restrictions

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

Historical Note

The photos and articles relate to the early days of the town of Boone, North Carolina, and some of its founders, merchants, and early settlers. The centennial edition of the Watauga Democrat is the origin of some of the photos, but contains much more information on Boone, its first families, and history.

Biographical Note

Ms. Betty Ruth Hodges McFarland (1938-2005) was a Watauga County native, daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Marilla Mae Love Hodges of Boone, North Carolina. She was associate professor emerita of English at Appalachian State University, where she served on the faculty for 35 years. She was dedicated to the art of teaching composition and developed instructional materials to help middle school teachers teach writing.

A copy of her obituary is included in the collection control file.


1.75 Linear Feet (1 half-size manuscript box, 1 flat newspaper box)


This collection contains some correspondence from Betty McFarland, black & white photographs, original and copies from books/newspapers with some historic information, and several historic clippings on Boone, North Carolina and area landmarks, buildings, and people.


The items within folders are arranged chronologically.

Acquisitions Information

Ms. Betty McFarland donated her papers to Appalachian State University, date unknown. There was no accession number assigned.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. 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.511: Betty McFarland Papers, 1958-1975, undated
Processed by Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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