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A book of historical Appalachian photos released this week

BOONE—A new book documents a visual history of Appalachian State University with 200 historical images covering 115 years of the school’s evolution.

View larger imageAssociate professor and digital project archivist Pamela Price Mitchem holds her pictorial history book released this week by Arcadia Publishing, titled “Appalachian State University.”View larger imageAuthor Pamela Price Mitchem’s favorite images in the book include this photo from approximately 1910 of students at Appalachian Training School for Teachers holding their musical instruments. The training school’s high school department offered instrumental music courses.View larger imageA domestic sciences classroom from approximately 1912. The chalkboard features a recipe for drop biscuits and cocoa.View larger imageThis photo from approximately 1912 shows students in their domestic sciences classroom.View larger imageStudents at Appalachian Training School for Teachers play croquet behind the women’s dormitory, white building at center, around 1906.

Associate professor and digital project archivist Pamela Price Mitchem’s new pictorial history book titled “Appalachian State University” has been released this week by Arcadia Publishing. A majority of the images in the book are from the University Archives collection where Mitchem has worked since 1997.

“Appalachian State University” is the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series and is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online.

“I have worked with the photographs for many, many years and I thought it would be a good outreach for people to see all these great pictures and who want to see more. Of course we have more in the University Archives: scrapbooks, diaries, departmental records and more,” Mitchem said. “We want people to be interested in using the University Archives as a resource.”

Each chapter covers a different time in the university’s history as it transformed from a local academy founded in 1899, to a state-supported teacher training school, then a normal school and a four-year teacher’s college and finally a top-ranked university.

Profits from the sale of the book will go toward the university’s Elizabeth Brown-Scoggins Endowment Fund to support the University Archives.

Elizabeth Brown-Scoggins was the granddaughter of Appalachian’s co-founder D.D. Dougherty. She gave her personal archives related to her family and the university’s history to the University Archives. She then established the endowment fund in 1997. The annual distribution from the endowment is directed to the highest and best use of the Office of University Archives as determined by the university archivist.

Mitchem said that she chose to donate proceeds from the book to the endowment because she started her job at Appalachian working with the Brown-Scoggins collection within the University Archives.

“I am very attached to that particular collection,” Mitchem said. “There is so much wonderful material not just for alumni but for students to use as well.”

University Archives and Records works to identify, manage, preserve and share university records that have legal, administrative or enduring historical value. It houses both official records and artifacts from individuals and organizations that are part of the history of Appalachian.

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