Guide to the Carl Ross Faculty Papers, 1973-1989

Summary Information

Title: Carl Ross Faculty Papers, 1973-1989
Collection: UA.5159
Extent: 4.0 linear feet (8 boxes)

The collection includes the records of Carl Ross during his tenure at Appalachian State as a Professor of History and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies. Materials include records about societies and organizations, academic paperwork, personal correspondence, research, and events.

Creator: Ross, Carl A, 1931-1988

Biographical/Historical Note

Carl Augustus Ross, Jr. (1931-1988) was born in Spring Place, Georgia to Carl and Rosa Smith Ross. He received his Ph.D. from University of Georgia in 1966. He worked as a History professor at Appalachian State University from 1966 to 1988 and the director of the Center for Appalachian Studies from 1984 to 1988. He taught Appalachian History and Latin American courses and researched local and regional history. Ross served as president of the Western North Carolina Historical Association from 1982 to 1984 and from 1987 to 1988 and of the Watauga County Historical Society form 1982 to 1988, on the Board of Directors of the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the North Carolina Society of County and Local Historians, and as editor of Watauga County Times Past from 1985 to 1988 and Appalink. He and his wife Charlotte T. Ross had two children: Clarinda and Tyler.

Scope and Contents

The Carl Ross Collection contains papers, news clippings, and photographs associated with Carl Ross. The collection offers materials from Ross’ time at Appalachian State as a Professor of History and Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies. Subjects include materials pertaining to societies and organizations, academic paperwork, personal correspondence, research, and events.


The collection is arranged in six series, each arranged alphabetically and focused on an aspect of Ross’ life and work. Series one includes paperwork and other materials related to Ross’ academic career such as course syllabi and details on committee meetings. The second series focuses on Ross’ passion for the Civil War and is primarily constituted by paperwork and news articles related to his work in the 1980s as the director of living history programs at Camp Broadstone. Series three contains information on events, lectures, and conferences attended by Ross. The fourth series holds items associated with Ross’ involvement in various organizations and societies. Ross’ personal letters, family files, and other correspondence are found within the fifth series. The sixth and final series concerns Ross’ research, articles, grant writing activities, and project proposals.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions

Acquisitions Information

This collection was transferred from the History Department at Appalachian State University by Michael Krenn on 2/20/2003 and accessioned as UA.2003.011.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, July 2011. Encoded by Grant Maher, July 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5159: Carl Ross Papers, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Academic File-Student Records, Courses, Faculty, 1978-1988

Series Description

This series contains information about academic policies and procedures, courses, and information for students related to Ross's work at Appalachian State University. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Academic Policies and Procedures, 1981-1985  Box 1.1
Appalachian Studies Planning  Box 1.2
Appalachian Studies Course Requirements for Registration  Box 1.3
Appalachian Studies 5020- Colloquium in Appalachian Studies Spring, 1988  Box 1.4
Business for Next Mtg. of Arts & Science Council, 1987-89  Box 1.5
Center for Appalachian Studies Letter of Acceptance 1978  Box 1.6
Chinese Students Application to Appalachian Studies, 1985  Box 1.7
Council of Arts & Sciences Next Meeting April, 1989  Box 1.8
ETSU Summer 1988 Program T. Burton, 1988  Box 1.9
Half-Time Faculty Research Position 1978  Box 1.10
History 5208, Fall 1987 Box 1.11
Institute for Senior Scholars Semester Courses, Fall 1987  Box 1.12
Latin American Studies, 1988  Box 1.13
Latin American Studies- Students, 1984  Box 1.14
Miscellaneous Cores/Papers 1988  Box 1.15
Information For Graduate Student Requirement, 1985-86  Box 1.16
Registration Material, 1986  Box 1.17
Schedules for Appalachian Courses & Related Matters  Box 1.18

Series II: Civil War, 1983-1989

Series Description

Series II contains information related to Ross's work with Civil War history and reenactments. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Civil War Program, 1986  Box 1.19
American Civil War Living History Program, July 20-21, 1985  Box 1.20
Civil War  Box 2.1
Civil War SS, 1983  Box 2.2
Civil War Enactment, 1989  Box 2.3
Civil War Enactment, June 12-14, 1987  Box 2.4
Civil War Living History Program, 1982-83  Box 2.5
Civil War Miscellaneous  Box 2.6
Civil War, 1984  Box 2.7
New Market Battlefield Park  Box 2.8
The War Record of Brigadier General Rufus Barringer and the 1st NC Cavalry Regiment  Box 2.9

Series III: Events, Lectures and Conferences, 1978-1989

Series Description

Series III contains materials related to events, lectures, and conferences that Ross attended or in which Ross was involved. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

Appalachian Folklife Festival Beech Mountain, July 19, 1984  Box 2.10
Appalachian Heritage Week, June 1988  Box 2.11
Appalachian Quilting Party, June 21-24, 1989  Box 2.12
Appalachian Regional Awareness Conference Duffield, VA, July 10, 1986  Box 2.13
Appalachian Studies Conference, 1984  Box 2.14
Appalachian Traditions Seminar Smithsonian Program, 1987  Box 2.15
Appalachian Traditions Workshop, 1985  Box 2.16
Appreciating the Past Understanding the Present SS Program, 1984  Box 3.1
Bridge 1988 (Ross), 1988  Box 3.2
Ross- Lecture Carroll Reece Museum – ETSU, 1984  Box 3.3
Central Wesleyan College—Talk, Fall 1986  Box 3.4
“Collections Management for the Small Museum.” M.T.S.U., Nov. 9-10, 1987  Box 3.5
Cohutta Springs Speech, 1986  Box 3.6
Dr. Carl Ross, Chairperson Notes, 1985  Box 3.7
Eleventh Gulf Coast Hist. & Humanities Conference, March 6-8, 1986  Box 3.8
Great Decisions, 1984  Box 3.9
Great Decisions, 1985  Box 3.10
History Department Lecture  Box 3.11
John Fox, Jr. Festival, May 27, 1987  Box 3.12
Ross- Lecture Science Museums of Charlotte 1984  Box 3.13
Lees MacRae, 1984  Box 3.14
Lenoir Family Speech, July 18, 1987  Box 3.15
Living with History: A Conference on the Role of Local History in Western North Carolina, 1978  Box 3.16
Local History Conference  Box 3.17
Morganton Outward Bound Lectures, April 8, 1987  Box 3.18
Native American Festival- Ross/Corum, 1984  Box 3.19
NCHC- ACS, 1985  Box 3.20
NCL & HA Culture Week, 1987  Box 3.21
New River Symposium- National Park Service, 1985  Box 3.22
Rom Linney- Play, September 30- October 1, 1988  Box 3.23
Ross- Requested TDA Bridge Funds, 1988  Box 3.24
S. E. C. O. L. A. S. - Latin America, 1984  Box 3.25
SECOLES, 1988  Box 4.1
SHA- Memphis, 1982  Box 4.2
SHA- Memphis, 1982  Box 4.3
Smithsonian Institute Summer Program, 1986  Box 4.4
Smithsonian Seminars in Washington, D.C.  Box 4.5
Southeastern Council on Family Relations Speech, 1988  Box 4.6
St. Lawrence University, June 3-5, 1987  Box 4.7
Ulster- American Heritage Conference, 1984  Box 4.8
Ulster- American Heritage Symposium, July 25-27, 1986  Box 4.9
Wells- Mexico Workshop, 1981  Box 4.10
Working People, 1987-88  Box 4.11

Series IV: Organizations and Societies, 1984-1988

Series Description

Series IV is arranged alphabetically by subject and contains materials related to the organizations and societies in which Ross participated.

American Association for State and Local History  Box 4.12
“A Museum of American Frontier Culture" Box 4.13
ACS  Box 4.14
American Historical Association, 1985  Box 4.15
American Historic Walking Tour Association  Box 4.16
Appalachian Consortium Chief Adm. Officers, 1984  Box 4.17
Bernhardt Industries- John Christian Bernhardt  Box 4.18
Bicentennial Magazines, 1987  Box 4.19
Bicentennial of U. S. Constitution Comm., 1987 Box 4.20
Committee on Humanities Inst., 1987  Box 5.1
Downtown Boone Business Association, 1988  Box 5.2
“Federation Bulletin”  Box 5.3
The Federation of NC Historical Societies Advisory Committee, 1987  Box 5.4
Johnson County Historical Society  Box 5.5
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)  Box 5.6
Local History Outreach  Box 5.7
Material Culture Programs  Box 5.8
Native American Council  Box 5.9
North Carolina Historic Preservation Office  Box 5.10
North Carolina Humanities Committee  Box 5.11
North Carolina Genealogical & Historical  Box 5.12
North Carolina Historical And Literary Society  Box 5.13
North Carolina Historic Preservation Office Newsletter  Box 5.14
North Carolina Society of County & Local History  Box 5.15

North Carolina Institute of Applied History 

Box 5.16
The Pioneer America Society, Inc. Box 5.17
Rockefeller Foundation Ross, January 18, 1988  Box 5.18
S. Historical Association Houston, 1985  Box 5.19
S. H. A.  Box 5.20
Shenandoah Valley Historical Institute  Box 5.21
State Genealogical & Historical Organization  Box 5.22
Tau Kappa Epsilon – (TKE)  Box 6.1
Western Office of Archives & History  Box 6.2
Whitfield-Murray Historical Society  Box 6.3
Wilkes Community College Local History Program  Box 6.4
WKSHOPS: Issues Relating to Local Historical Organizations  Box 6.5

Series V: Personal and Correspondence, 1979-1988

Series Description

Series V contains the personal papers and correspondence of Ross and is arranged alphabetically by folder title. Original order and folder headings have been maintained.

Addresses Box 6.6
Appalachian Studies Institute  Box 6.7
Carl A. Ross- (PVT)  Box 6.8
Copper Basin, 1983  Box 6.9
Captn. Edward F. Lovill 1988  Box 6.10
Current Projects  Box 6.11
Dr Ross, Thank you Cards.  Box 6.12
Fundraising  Box 6.13
Fink, Paul 1979  Box 6.14
History News 1986  Box 6.15
Interviews  Box 6.16
Jan Karon McKinney, Silver & Rockett, 1986  Box 6.17
Letters  Box 6.18
Letters- M  Box 6.19
Ross- Letters  Box 6.20
Ross- Letters of Recommendation  Box 7.1
Letters Regarding Latin Studies, 1974  Box 7.2
Lulubelle & Scotty Wiseman, 1986  Box 7.3
Sharyn McCrumb, 1985  Box 7.4
Miscellaneous Correspondence,  Box 7.5
“My Love Is A Land So Fair,” 1987-1988  Box 7.6
Personal Memos  Box 7.7
Ross’ Correspondence w/ Leroy Sossman  Box 7.8
Speakers  Box 7.9
Special Parking Request  Box 7.10
Telephone Log  Box 7.11
University of Mississippi Center for Southern Studies/Grisham  Box 7.12

Series VI: Research, Articles, Grants and Proposals, 1973-1989

Series Description

Series VI consists of Ross's research, articles, grants, and proposals and is arranged alphabetically. Subjects include regionalism, folk medicine, health care, and oral history.

American Regionalism  Box 7.13
Appalachian Counties  Box 7.14
Appalachian Scholars- Ross  Box 7.15
“A Proposal to Reprint the Official Records”  Box 7.16
Architecture  Box 7.17
The Battle of Athens Tennessee  Box 7.18
Clarinda Ross  Box 7.19
Charlotte Ross  Box 7.20
Dr. Carl Ross- Mexican Marxists, 1984  Box 7.21
Folk Medicine  Box 8.1
Hamilton Family  Box 8.2
Health Care and Related Subjects  Box 8.3
Health- Rural/Urban  Box 8.4
Human Settlements- Ross SACS- Self Study  Box 8.5
Historic Firearms  Box 8.6
Jim Moretz- Gunsmith  Box 8.7
Rev. Arlie Moretz’s Book  Box 8.8
Murray County Ga.  Box 8.9
Museum of Am. Frontier Cultural Proposal- Ross Box 8.10
NCHC Projects  Box 8.11
NEH Proposal, 1989  Box 8.12
North Georgia Politics- Ross Box 8.13
Oral History Project, 1973  Box 8.14
Project Grants Box 8.15
Reviews and Articles- Ross  Box 8.16
Surry Community College  Box 8.17
Watauga Times Past  Box 8.18