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Appalachian State University memory project

Repository: Appalachian State University. Belk Library

Collection Description (Extant): For many decades, Belk Library's Special Collections has accrued approximately 1,000 oral history interviews documenting the Appalachian Region, particularly Watauga County and Appalachian State University campus life. Conducted by students, faculty, community members, and oral historian professional, these collections vary in subject from stock car racing to lifestyle of Melungeons to Appalachian administrators to traditional herb gatherers.

In 2006, Belk Library Archivists Kathy Staley and Pam Mitchem began the Appalachian State University Memory Project to documents the physical, economic, social, administrative, and academic development of Appalachian State University and its surrounding community. Information gathered from this project provide unique prospectives on ASU's history and highlight individual contributions. The goal of the Appalachian State University Oral History Project is to create a collection of oral history interviews that will be housed in the Special Collections and become a part of the permanent collection to celebrate and preserve ASU history. Topics covered include club and sports activities,; gender-based rules, relationship between community and college, favorite professors, women's roles on campus, Dr. B.B. Dougherty's personality, courtship, dorm life, classes, how taught to be teachers, Chapel, buildings and natural surroundings, faculty-student relationships, and national trends such as U.S. wars, Great Depression, desegregation, the Red Scare, and North Carolina educational trends.

Collection URL: External Link

Language: English

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Appalachian Region
Appalachian State University
College integration
College students
College teachers
North Carolina--Race relations


Sound recordings


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