Watauga County Historical Society Collection

Title

Watauga County Historical Society Collection

Subject

Watauga County Historical Society, Watauga County Times Past, Writings on Watauga

Description

This collection consists of materials related to the publications of the Watauga County Historical Society (WCHS), a nonprofit historical organization first established in Boone, NC, in 1977.

The WCHS issued its first publication--Writings on Watauga, a bibliography of Watauga County-related sources compiled by Judy Cornett--in 1980.

From 1981 to 1992, the WCHS published the Watauga County Times Past journal in partnership with the History Department at Appalachian State University. This journal contained various articles of historical interest to the county and also provided updates on historical projects and programming within the county and surrounding areas. Early issues also occasionally updated Cornett's Writings on Watauga. Following the sudden death of Carl Ross (1931-1988), who had long served as the editor of Watauga County Times Past, the journal struggled to regain its footing. It ceased publication with its June 1992 issue.

Following Ross's death, many of the materials related to the Watauga County Historical Society--which had always been an organization independent of Appalachian State University but whose officers were often faculty at ASU--were boxed up and inadvertently placed in storage at ASU. The items in this collection were later rediscovered in 2005 and shifted from a filing cabinet (presumably in the History Department) to the Appalachian Collection.

Series I of this collection includes the single printing of Writings on Watauga as well as the full run of Watauga County Times Past.

Series II of this collection consists of various surviving source materials related to the publications of the WCHS, most notably the photographs shot and acquired for issues of Watauga County Times Past, although several historical images used in the journal are notably absent from the collection. Of particular note is a large collection of historic images--colloquially known as "Londie Castle's Treasure Box"--planned for use in a September 1986 issue that never materialized.

The Digital Watauga Project is grateful for and deeply appreciative of the support and assistance of Dr. Dane Ward, Dr. Mary Reichel, Dr. Fred Hay, Pam Mitchem, Adam Sheffield, and the staff of the Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University's Belk Library in scanning the full run of publications and supporting research materials from the editorial files of the WCHS.

Creator

Watauga County Historical Society

Date

1980-1992

Contributor

Appalachian Collection, Belk Library, Appalachian State University

Format

Photographs, Negatives, Typescripts, Published Journals

Language

English

Type

Still Images, Publications

Spatial Coverage

Watauga County

Provenance

Entire collection was originally the property of the Watauga County Historical Society but was rediscovered on the campus of Appalachian State University in 2005. It is presently housed in the Appalachian Collection at Belk Library, Appalachian State University.

Items in the Watauga County Historical Society Collection Collection

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 27, June 1992
The 27th and final issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "A History of the Watauga County Courthouse," Ben. T. Blackburn, Jr.; "Some History about the Banks of Watauga County," Alfred Adams; "Self-Help Archives: Some Tips on…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 26, June 1991
The 26th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "Cultural Intervention in Appalachia: An Historical Perspective," John Alexander Williams; "Settlement Period Population Growth for Ashe County, North Carolina, 1790-1840," Curtis…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 25, June 1990
The 25th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "Watauga County Historic Architecture Survey: Blowing Rock, 1988-1989," Deborah J. Thompson; "Watauga County Historic Architecture Survey, Blowing Rock: Alphabetical List of Historic…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 24, September 1988
The 24th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "Carl Augustus Ross, Jr.: Professor of History and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University," Ruby J. Lanier; "Watauga County Episcopalians,…

Watauga County Times Past, Issues 22 & 23, 1987
The 22nd and 23rd issues of WCTP were issued as a double issue and included the following: "Editor's Page"; "The 58th Regiment of North Carolina Infantry: A History of Its Travels," Lyle D. Bishop, III; "A Roster of Men from Watauga County Who Served…

Watauga County Times Past, Issues 20 & 21, March/June 1986
The 20th and 21st issues of WCTP were issued as a double issue in memory of Alta Hutchinson Hartzog and included the following: "In Memoriam, Alta Hutchinson Hartzog, 1889-1986," Rebecca Councill; "The Blackburn Hotel," Susan Arnold; "Dr. Frances…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 19, December 1985
The 19th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "Interview By and With the Author," Jim Thompson; "The Smith Family Ballad Tradition"; "The Songs of the Hicks of Mast Gap"; "Fiddlin' Jimmy Aldridge"; "The Legend of Lie-Hew Younce";…

Watauga County Times Past, Issues 17 & 18, June/September 1985
The 17th and 18th issues of WCTP were issued as a double issue in memory of Cratis D. Williams and included the following: "Editor's Page"; "Cratis D. Williams, 1911-1985"; "Cratis Williams and Appalachian Studies at ASU," Herbert W. Wey; "The…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 16, March 1985
The 16th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "The Critcher Hotel: A Glimpse of Boone's Beginning," Julia McFarland; "She Rode a Horse Named Midnight," Carol Lefler, article about Stell McCartney Hagaman; "History on Campus," a…

Watauga County Times Past, Issue 15, December 1984
The 15th issue of WCTP included the following: "Editor's Page"; "In Memoriam: William Howard Plemmons, 1904-1984," Cratis Williams; "Passing the Mountain Heritage On: The Appalachian Crafts and Music Festival," Mary Greene; "North Carolina's 400th…

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