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North Fork of the New River student papers and other materials

Identifier: AC-864

Scope and Contents

The North Fork of the New River Student Papers and Other Materials is a collection of materials related to the North Fork (of the New River) community in Ashe and Watauga Counties in North Carolina, collected by Patricia Beaver and Appalachian Studies students. The material is part of Beaver's ongoing research of the North Fork community. After Fall 2000, students enrolled in Beaver's Anthropology 5120 class (Appalachian Culture and Social Organization) at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, participated in research of varying aspects of the area and culture. The Riverview Community Center papers came from one student's research for her topic. The Appalachian Teaching Project 2005 materials were generated in connection to Beaver's Fall 2005 Anthropology 5120 class.


  • 1994-2005, undated



All materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

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

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Patricia Beaver is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology of Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. The papers in this collection came from several of her anthropology graduate students in 2000-2003, based upon and funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the focus being "How do we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?"

Her seminar's focus was "to address one or more of the goals of the ARC strategic plan-education, health care, leadership and civic-capacity development, jobs, and physical infrastructure" in a single community along the North Fork. The students were to accomplish this by field research on aspects/businesses/communities along the North Fork of the New River, from the headwaters on Snake Mountain/Pottertown Gap in Watauga County to Warrensville in Ashe County, North Carolina.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection consists mainly of research papers from Appalachian Studies students of Dr. Patricia Beaver, along with assorted research materials and photographs used. Beaver and students presented at the 2005 Washington, DC conference of the Appalachian Teaching Project on the subject of the establishment of the Elk Knob State Natural Area (papers included).


The student papers are arranged alphabetically by the author's name, with the revelant research papers following, all in one manuscript box.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were acquired at three separate times, as follows: On October 3, 2001, twelve digital images were accessioned. Patricia Beaver borrowed the original photographs from Edgar and Patsy Eller of Todd, North Carolina. On February 6, 2002, S. Suzanne Savell, a Fall 2001 graduate student in Patricia Beaver's Anthropology class, donated the materials relating to the Riverview Community Center (treasurer's reports, newspaper articles, correspondence, newsletters, posters, membership list, officer list). She received these materials from a Riverview Community Center member. In December 2005, the packet of material relating to the 2005 Appalachian Teaching Project was donated. Materials were accessioned as AC.2001.091.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Anita Elliott, May 2014. 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.864: North Fork of the New River Student Papers and Other Materials, 1994-2005, undated
Anita Elliott
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository