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What’s New in Appalachian Special Collections?

This article appeared in the Volume 3, Issue 3 Winter 2022 issue of the Appalachian Curator. Click here to view a PDF of the full issue.

New collections in regional repositories:

Appalachian State University 

East Tennessee State University

University of North Carolina Asheville 

Appalachian State University

African American family photographs: This collection consists of a photograph folder containing six 4×4 inch photographs of an unidentified African American family in Greenville, South Carolina, circa 1950s.

Edward Bobal photograph album: This photograph album was kept by Edward Bobal and his wife, Madelyn, while he awaited reassignment in the Army, in Asheville, North Carolina, during World War II. The album shows their 10 day stay in Asheville. Their photographs depict each other posed around the city, tourist sites, and various landmarks.

Samuel Nowlin autograph book: This autograph book is from Samuel H. Nowlin’s time at Roanoke College. He kept it his Junior year from May to June 1860, before quitting school and volunteering in the Confederate Army. The book contains 9 full page handwritten entries penned by classmates and teachers, along with miscellaneous shorter entries, pen and ink illustrations, and two rolls of the “Junior Class of Roanoke College, 1860 and 61.”

We received an addition to the Chuck Miller papers, the bulk of which is related to Camp Catawba, including letters he wrote home while attending the camp.

Bumgarner family papers: Personal papers of the Bumgarner family from Ashe and Wilkes Cos., NC. The materials range in date from 1892-2021.

East Tennessee State University

John Fain Anderson Scrapbooks (accrual), 1907-1928, AppMs 288. Three additional scrapbooks of East Tennessee and regional clippings, photographs, and greeting cards, meticulously compiled and indexed by Anderson.

Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show films, 1961-1962, undated, AppMs 890. Seven films of Flatt & Scruggs Martha White television appearances, shows #12, 20, 32, 34, 53, 60, and 81.

Gump Family Papers (accrual), 1850-2008, AppMs 364. Books, scrapbooks, genealogy research, photographs, and business records relating to the Gump family of Washington County, Tennessee.

Maggard Sound Studio Recordings circa 1965-2002, AppMs 889. Approximately 2900 DAT and audiotape recordings of bluegrass and gospel artists recorded by the Big Stone Gap, Virginia studio. The collection also includes liner notes, office files and pressing plates for 45rpm records.

WETS-FM Records (accrual), circa 1998-2018, UnivRec 208. DAT, CD, and audiotape recordings of the Studio One live music program at WETS-FM in Johnson City, Tennessee. Supplemental documentation including release forms, calendars, posters, and photographs.

University of North Carolina Asheville

Roy A. Taylor Scrapbooks and Photographs Collection [M2021.02]A collection of scrapbooks documenting Taylor’s career in the NC General Assembly and in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Western North Carolina from 1960 to 1977. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, political ads, telegrams and letters from constituents, official correspondence, flyers and promotional information from regional events, and other material. There are also notebooks of photographs and notebook of letters and correspondence. From the estate of Roy A. Taylor.

Bill and Alice Hart Collection, [M2022.02] -The Bill and Alice Hart Collection contains over 1200 monographs and over 25 linear feet of ephemera and related materials. This comprehensive collection of books and materials was curated acquired by Bill and Alice Hart over 55 years and represents a broad spectrum of written material relating primarily to Western North Carolina. The collection’s geographic focus is on 16 Western North Carolina counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancy counties. Many of the books and pamphlets are extremely rare and represent the Harts’ scholarship and pursuit of specific sources of information as their research delved deep into different aspects of Western North Carolina history and culture.

Asheville Global Report Collection [M2020.01] The Asheville Global Report (AGR) was a volunteer-run newspaper with a weekly circulation of 3000. It was distributed free at locations around Buncombe County and surrounding areas from 1999 to 2007. The AGR’s mission statement was to “cover news underreported by mainstream media, believing that a free exchange of information is necessary to organize for social change,” and it included local, national, and international news stories. Includes over 350 issues of the paper.

Walter Julius Damtoft Collection, [M2011-06-01] – Documents related to Walter Damtoft, who attended the Biltmore Forest School and Yale University Forest School and spent his career with Champion Paper Company. As the first industrial forester in the US, Damtoft set the bar for the responsible use of our forests. The collection contains newspaper clippings regarding the Weeks Law, photographs, including international study tours, and materials related to Ruben Robertson and Champion Paper Company. The collection was recently reprocessed to include additional materials.

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