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Preserving the High Country's Archival Memory

Mission Statement:

The principal aim of the Digital Watauga Project (DWP) is the digital preservation of Watauga County, North Carolina’s historical images, documents, and other materials. By serving as a digital clearinghouse of Watauga County’s history, the DWP encourages its members and the citizens of Watauga County to make our history more accessible to the general public while also allowing the owner of historical materials digitized through the DWP to retain ownership and control over their original images, documents, and artifacts. In addition, the DWP sponsors regular public events designed to highlight components of its digital collection and educate the Watauga County community about its rich, multifaceted, and important history. The Digital Watauga Project, working in partnership with the Watauga County Public Library, is a project of the Watauga County Historical Society, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization.

On copyright and use

These digitized collections are accessible for purposes of education and research. While Digital Watauga may host digital items on its website, it does not necessarily hold the copyright on them. We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information. Upon request, we’ll remove material from public view while we address a rights issue. Parties who have questions or who wish to contest the use of specific works may contact the Digital Watauga Project at digitalwatauga@gmail.com

Any researcher wishing to publish items from Digital Watauga will be solely responsible for determining if the item is still protected under current copyright law, and for obtaining any other permissions and paying associated fees that may be necessary for the intended use. All items on Digital Watauga’s website are available for free for personal, non-commercial, and educational use. As a matter of good scholarly practice, the Digital Watauga Project requires that any personal, non-commercial, and/or educational re-publication or re-distribution of its materials, including all online blog and social media uses, contain a full citation using the citation information provided in the metadata page for that item and referencing that the material is used with the courtesy of the Digital Watauga Project.

To learn more about our community partners check out their websites:

Watauga County Public Library

Watauga County Historical Society

Blowing Rock Historical Society

For a "behind the scenes" look at the Digital Watauga Project check out our social media pages:

Digital Watauga Facebook Page

The Digital Watauga Project also manages a Wordpress blog:

A Look Back at Watauga

The Digital Watauga Project was made possible through the generous assistance of a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) EZ Digitization Grant ($25,000). Grants are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that were awarded by the State Library of North Carolina to eligible North Carolina libraries.

Physical storage of the collections of the Digital Watauga Project was made possible in part by grants from the Downtown Boone Development Association to the Watauga County Library in 2014 ($1,000) and the Watauga Legacy Fund to the Watauga County Library in 2017 ($2,000). Yet another grant for a storage cabinet ($2,500) came in 2018 through support from the Armfield and Rachel Rivers Coffey Memorial Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation, with recommendation from the Watauga County Community Foundation.

Private support for Digital Watauga is provided on an ongoing basis. Donations greater than $100 are acknowledged by name at https://www.wataugacountyhistoricalsociety.org/join-usdonate.