Guide to the Thomas McGowan Papers, 1986-1992

Summary Information

Title: Thomas McGowan Papers, 1986-1992
Collection: UA.5171
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Thomas McGowan Papers document McGowan's positions as the Editor of the SACS 1990-92 Self Study Report and Chairman of the Task Force for the Graphic Identity and an Appalachian Style.

Creator: McGowan, Thomas A.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Thomas McGowan was a member of the English faculty at Appalachian State University for 39 years, beginning his career as an Instructor in 1972. Dr. McGowan earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and obtained his master’s degree at the University of Virginia. In 1979 he became an Associate Professor and attained the title of Professor in 1984. His professional interests included folk narrative research, the storytelling of Orville Hicks, North Carolina folklife, early English literature, and the North Carolina Folklore Society.

Scope and Contents

The McGowan papers contain printed material in the forms of memoranda, newspapers, receipts and bound institutional reports and presentation documents. They focus on two administrative projects from the periods of 1986-87 and 1990-92. Papers from the first period concern the Task Force for Graphic Identity and an Appalachian Style and are correspondences between Dr. McGowan and Chancellor Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Development and Public Affairs Robert Snead, other members of the task force, representatives of the North Charles Street Design Organization; newspaper containing articles about the task force and new logotype; and presentation documents depicting possible designs for a new logotype. Papers from the second period are comprised of a letter from Dr. McGowan to the committees working on the 1990-92 SACS Self-Study Report, receipts from the publishing firm which published the report, an SACS newsletter and working and final copies of the report. In January of 1987, Dr. McGowan was asked by Chancellor Thomas to be a member of the Task Force for Graphic Identity and an Appalachian Style. Dr. McGowan accepted the appointment and was made the task force’s chairman. This task force was charged with the responsibility to develop a graphic design standard for all publications of the university as well as a logotype. Dr. McGowan also served as the editor of the 1990-92 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Self-Study Report. The papers he has donated concern the positions of the Chairman of the Task Force for the Graphic Identity and an Appalachian Style and Editor of the SACS 1990-92 Self Study Report.


This collection is arranged by subject divided in sections progressing from the initial stages of the Task Force for Graphic Identity and an Appalachian Style in 1986 through the 1990-92 University Self-Study REPORT coordinated by Appalachian State University. The nine enclosed folders address separate aspects of the process towards the development of the Appalachian State University graphics used from the 1990s into the 2000s.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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

Acquisitions Information

This collection was transferred to University Archives from the English Department and accessioned as UA.2003.074.

Processing Information

Processed by Trevor McKenzie, 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5171: Thomas McGowan Papers, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Task Force for a Graphics Identity and Appalachian Style, 1986-88  Box 1.1
Marketing and Admissions Communication Materials, 1988  Box 1.2
Appalachian State (logotype) and Graphic Identity Manual, 1988  Box 1.3
North Charles Street Design Publicity Material, 1983  Box 1.4
SACS Self-Studies Committee Papers, 1991-92  Box 1.5
Invoices from Biltmore Press, 1992  Box 1.6
REPORT SACS Institutional Self-Study Appalachian State University, 1990-92  Box 1.7
Responses to Recommendations REPORTS (Prepared for SACS Visitation Committee)  Box 1.8
University Self-Study REPORT Appalachian State University, 1990-92  Box 1.9