Guide to the John Workman Film Collection, 1930-1959

Summary Information

Title: John Workman Film Collection, 1930-1959
Collection: UA.5075
Extent: 1 linear foot (16 8mm films, 1 VHS tape)

Dr. John H. Workman was Professor of Economics at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1946 to 1960. The John H. Workman Film Collection includes sixteen 8mm films, both black & white and in color, mostly pertaining to Appalachian State Teachers College and the surrounding area, known as the High Country. There is also one VHS tape which includes copies of five of the films.

Creator: Workman, John H.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. John Hiliary Andrew Workman (January 9, 1887 – April 3, 1960) was Professor of Economics (later Professor of Social Studies) at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1946 to 1960. Born in Cherryville, North Carolina, Workman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an A.B. in 1913, an M.A. in 1932, and a Ph.D. in 1935. After teaching and serving in administrative roles in public schools from 1913 to 1936, Workman became a professor at Atlantic Christian College in 1941, where he remained until 1946. Workman also served as Regional Educational Advisor for the US Government between 1936 and 1940.

Upon his death, Dr. Workman made substantial donations to the university -- for the purpose of stimulating the interests of students and others in the area of Economics -- which served as scholarship funding as well as funding for the John H. Workman Distinguished Speakers series. Workman Residence Hall (extant from 1940 to 1993) was named in honor of John and his sister Sara Workman, who was also a devoted educator and contributor to Appalachian State University.

Scope and Contents

The John Workman Film Collection includes sixteen 8mm films and one VHS tape containing copies of films numbered 2, 10, 13, 15, and 16. The films include titles such as Autumn in Technicolor, Commencement of 1940, and ASTC Football Game, 1954. Most of the films pertain to the High Country, but other locations include: Raleigh, NC, Washington, D.C., Charleston, SC, and a film titled "Train Ride in the South" includes Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta and Richmond. Of the sixteen total films, 6 are in color, 8 are in black and white, and 2 films do not specify. The films date from the 1930s to 1957.

John H.Workman is most likely the creator of these films with the exception of the commercially-produced 1937 reel.


The material is arranged by by format; it maintains the original order and numbering system given to it prior to its donation to Special Collections.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred to the University Archives as accession UA.2005.454.

Processing Information

This material was processed in October of 2016 by Processing Archivist Dustin Witsman.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5075: John H. Workman Film Collection, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List


  Box Reel

“Autumn in Technicolor”; Blue Ridge Parkway; Appalachian State Teachers College Homecoming Parade and football game of 1956; Laurel Falls; Great Smoky Mountains (1950s) [Color] 

1 1

Raleigh and North Carolina Scene (1930s) [Black and White] 

1 2

Blue Ridge Parkway - Roan Mountain (1949-1951) [Color] 

1 3

Blue Ridge Parkway - Watauga County (1951) [Color] 

1 4

Appalachian State Teachers College Homecoming; Blue Ridge Parkway – Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain (1955) [Color] 

1 5

Summer Vacation: Laurel Falls, Banner Elk, Lake Lure and Chimney Rock, Great Smoky Mountains, Clingman's Dome, Hillsborough, Kill Devil Hill, "The Lost Colony", Carolina Beach, picnic at Willard, North Carolina (1938) [Black and White] 

1 6

Autumn: Boone; Valley Crusis; Appalachian State Teachers College buildings; May Day; Watauga County Centennial, 1949; Lake Junaluska; Qualla Boundary; Horn in the West (1940s) [Color] 

1 7

Appalachian State Teachers College Football Game; May Day; Blue Ridge Parkway; Appalachian State Teachers College band and parade (1954) [Black and White] 

1 8

Washington, D.C.; "Our Gang' comedy; "Living in Switzerland" (1937) [Black and White] 

1 9

Football, 1930s and early 1940s; Chapel Hill Commencement, 1940; Carolina-Tulane football game; Class of 1913 [Black and White] 

1 10

“Piedmont Alumni Association” [either Appalachian State Teachers College or University of North Carolina Chapel HIll]; Charelston, South Carolina; Berea College (1942) [Black and White] 

1 11

Train Ride in the South: Birmingham, Memphis, Atlanta, and Richmond (1939) [Black and White] 

1 12

Odds and Ends: military parade; Duke University; blizzard and University of North Carolina, 1940; Easter snow, 1940; Boone Post Office; various unidentified landscapes; Red House Farms Resettlement Administration; a city on a river (1930s and 1940s) [Black and White] 

1 13

Wilson, North Carolina; flowers; Atlantic Christian College; May Days, 1942-1945 [Color] 

1 14

Great Smoky Mountains; Memorial Cemetary in Raliegh, North Carolina; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; arboretum, Duke University, 1940; Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Lake Tahoma (1940s) [Color] 

1 15

Appalachian State Teachers College, Chapell Wilson Hall; Grandfather Mountain; Blue Ridge Parkway; Great Smoky Mountains in autumn; Appalachian State Teachers College East Hall in winter (1950s) [Color] 

1 16
  Box Item

VHS Tape containing copies of Films 2, 10, 13, 15, 16 

1 1