Andrew Jackson Greene Collection


The Andrew Jackson Greene Collection consists of more than 160 diaries written by Greene who describes Watauga County's education system, including Appalachian State Teachers College, cultural and religious life, and agriculture from 1906 to 1942. Biographical Note. Andrew Jackson Greene (March 2, 1883-August 12, 1942) was a life-long resident of Watauga County, North Carolina and instructor in several Watauga schools including Appalachian State Teachers College (A.S.T.C). Greene worked as a farmer, public school teacher, and college professor. Greene was an enthusiastic diarist maintaining regular entries from 1906 to the day before his death. He also recorded A.S.T.C. faculty meetings from January 9, 1915 to May 3, 1940. He married Polly Warren, and they had three children, Ralph, Maxie, and Lester.

A Record of Events in the Appalachian Training School for Teachers [January 1915 - December 1932]

These frequent journal entries describe academic, athletic, religious and social events and activities at the institution from January 1915 to December 1932. As a faculty member, Andrew Jackson Greene writes about President Dougherty's remarks and speeches at meetings and assemblies, chapel programs, faculty, staff, students, visiting clergy and dignitaries from other North Carolina institutions, and sporting events as well as routine campus activities and events. During this period, Appalachian Training School for Teachers was changed to Appalachian State Normal School, and later to Appalachian State Teachers College. Often reflecting his own opinions and observations, Greene's entries provide insight into how topics of the day, such as the Great Depression, were viewed at the time. Greene also reports on the weather and mentions local places and people.
A Record of Events at the Appalachian State Teachers College [November 1936 - January 1939]

These frequent journal entries provide considerable detail about academic, athletic, religious and social events and activities at Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) from November 1936 to January 1939. As a faculty member, Andrew Jackson Greene frequently writes about President Dougherty's remarks and speeches at faculty meetings and assemblies, chapel programs, sporting events, faculty and staff colleagues, students, visiting clergy and dignitaries from other North Carolina institutions, and sporting events as well as routine campus events. His writing often reflects his own opinions and observations and provides insight into how topics of the day were viewed at ASTC. Greene also reports on the weather and mentions local places and people.
Notes of Events at Appalachian State Teachers College [January 1939 - May 1940]

These frequent journal entries provide considerable detail about academic, athletic, religious and social activities at Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) from January 1939 to May 1940. As a faculty member, Andrew Jackson Greene frequently writes about ASTC President Dougherty's remarks and speeches, faculty and staff colleagues, visiting clergy and dignitaries from other North Carolina institutions, and students as well as campus activities, faculty meetings and assemblies, chapel programs, sporting events, and routine academic events. His writing often reflects his own opinions and observations and provides insight into how topics of the day were viewed at ASTC. Greene also reports on the weather and mentions local places and people.
A Record of Events at the Appalachian State Teachers College [ December 1934 - November 1936]

These frequent journal entries provide considerable detail about academic, athletic, religious and social events and activities at Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) from December 1934 to November 1936. As a faculty member, Andrew Jackson Greene frequently writes about ASTC President Dougherty's remarks and speeches, faculty and staff colleagues, visiting clergy and dignitaries from other North Carolina institutions, and students as well as campus activities, faculty meetings and assemblies, chapel programs, sporting events, and routine academic events. Often reflecting his own opinions and observations, Greene's entries provide insight into how topics of the day were viewed at ASTC. Greene also reports on the weather and mentions local places and people.
Notes of Events at Appalachian State Teachers College [January 1933 - December 1934]

These frequent journal entries provide considerable detail about academic, athletic, religious and social events and activities at Appalachian State Teachers College (ASTC) from January 1933 to December 1934. As a faculty member, Andrew Jackson Greene frequently writes about ASTC President Dougherty's remarks and speeches, assembly and chapel program of events, sporting events, faculty and staff colleagues, visiting clergy and dignitaries from other North Carolina institutions, and students as well as routine academic activities. His opinions and views are often reflected in his writing. Greene's entries also provide insight into how topics of the day, such as Prohibition, were viewed at ASTC. Greene frequently reports on the weather and mentions local places and people.

These daily diary entries were recorded from the dates of May 1, 1908 to December 31, 1908. Each day Andrew Jackson Greene wrote a few sentences about his day and what he was thinking. He included information about himself, his friends, and community events during these dates.

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These diary entries range from the dates of January 1, 1909 to September 30, 1909. Each day Andrew Jackson Greene made a short record of everything he had done that day. The entries include familiar names such as Hugh Hagaman, John Daugherty, and Thomas M. Warren. They also include local places such as Fork Ridge, Mabel, and Sugar Grove.

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These journal entries range from the dates of October 1, 1909 to April 30, 1910. Each day, Greene wrote a few sentences about what he did that day. He wrote about important towns that he visited, what was happening in the church, the work he did, and about his friends, family and neighbors.

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These diary entries range from December 1, 1910 to April 30, 1911. The entries contain information about the weather, the church, his family, and friends. He wrote about friends such as the marriage of Chas M. Greer and Jennie Swift, and his evening with Jasper Hagaman and Lemuel Wilson. He also included the names of several local places such as Fork Ridge, Mabel, Boone, and Beaver Dam.

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These diary entries are from May 1, 1911 through January 31, 1912. This notebook was damaged and several pages are missing. Greene recorded his daily activities and interactions with his friends and places such as Miss Nancy Hagaman, and Henley Greer, and Zionville and Mabel.

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These entries range from the dates of July 1, 1912 through January 31, 1913. In this diary, he included poetry, which is not featured in his other diaries. A.J. Greene recorded his daily activities, details about the weather, details about his work, politics of the time period, and many details about church and The Bible. He writes of several local places including Mabel, The Appalachian Training School, and Bushy Fork.

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Entries from these dates cover Greene’s daily activities. He describes his trips to church, to the market, and to visit his friends. Friends named include H.L. Laurence, Professor W.Y. Perry, and J.C. Davis. Greene also frequently wrote about the Roosevelt campaign and the weather situations that they experienced.

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Entries in this diary range from January 1, 1914 through March 31, 1914. These entries are a more poetic approach than that which was taken in Greene’s earlier diaries. His entries give insight into his church life, his work, political debates of the time period, and community and local events. Community members mentioned include Jack Greene, Roe Warren, J.R. Garland, and J.J. T. Reece.

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Diary entries range from April 1, 1914 through June 30, 1914. These entries are quite often about the weather on that specific day, and the work that can be done. Greene also frequently writes about the church, the sermons, pastors, bible studies, attendance, and Sunday school. People and places mentioned in these entries include Joel Greene, J.R. Wilson, George Madran, Roan Creek Valley, Stone Mountain and Beaver Dam.

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These diary entries are from July 1, 1914 through September 30, 1914. The diary is based around the actions and thoughts of Andrew Jackson Greene. He wrote about work on the farm, Fourth of July festivities and the details of church life. He also included much opinion about religion, and people. Community members involved include James Horton, P.C. Younce, and J.R. Wilson, and many more.

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These diary entries are from the October 1, 1914 through November 30, 1914. This diary includes entries about the death of Greene’s mother, the war, his work at the school, the weather, and the church which he attends. People mentioned in the diary include A.J. May and J.L. Thomas.

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Entries for this diary begin on December 2, 1914, and end on July 31, 1915. These entries include information about Greene’s social life, and his work. He wrote daily about what he did the weather, and what his friends had to share with him that day. He mentions many local people and places including, but not limited to J. R. Garland, Reverend David Greene, Mabel, Vilas, and Boone.

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These diary entries range from August 1, 1915 through October 22, 1915. Greene wrote daily about what he did and what his thoughts are regarding current situations. He also gave information on several community events such as the Conference of the People of Watauga County.

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The diary includes entries from October 23-December 12, 1915. Andrew Jackson Greene wrote each day about work on the farm, the weather, church activities, school and business. He also kept record of the people that he visits each day, and community events that took place during this time period. Greene also made frequent reference to Appalachian Training School.

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Diary entries from this diary are from December 13, 1915 through March 12, 1916. In this diary many of the entries are about the weather, Appalachian Training School, and Church. He wrote about a new program that he started at the school called the teachers club, and the small numbers of students that decide to brave the harsh winter conditions.

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This diary includes entries from each day from May 13, 1916 through June 14, 1916, as well as 18 pages of school notes taken by Greene as he worked at Appalachian Training School. He wrote each day about the weather, the church, the friends that he visited, and the work around the farm that he had done.

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This diary includes entries from March 1-May 11, 1916. Each day Greene writes about the weather, schoolwork, church, and the friends he visits with. Because this diary was written in the spring, most of the entries are about the weather, how he longed for warm spring days, but was greeted by snow in the morning. During this time Greene is living in Boone at Appalachian Training School in Boone. He makes visits home, but he doesn’t permanently reside there. Greene often speaks of getting dinner in White Hall, which is still the name of a dormitory at Appalachian State University today. During his time at the school, he began to attend the Baptist Church in Boone.

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This diary includes entries from June 15, 1916 through October 12, 1916. Each day Greene wrote about his work on the farm, his friends, his family, the church, and community events. Important events and people include D.E. Benfield, Mabel Farmer’s Union Rally, J.H. Isaacs and many more.

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This diary includes entries from October 13, 1916 through December 31, 1916. Each day Greene writes about the weather, school work, church, and his friends. School is back in session, and he is back in Boone at the Appalachian Training School.

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This diary contains entries from January 1-March 10, 1917. These entries from each day are typically about the Boone NC, weather, his work at the Appalachian Training School, church with Rev. Mr. Adams, and several community members that he visits with.

This Diary contains entries from March 11-May 31, 1917. He shares his perspective as a local, a teacher, and a church member. He frequently includes his thoughts and opinions about church services, the weather, and his work at Appalachian Training School. He often travels between Mabel, Zionville, Vilas and Boone.

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This diary includes 96 pages of entries for each day from June 1-August 31, 1917. He includes much information about Appalachian Training School. He mentions White Hall, a building still on campus at Appalachian State University today. He also included a program from the school’s service for students who were going to register for the military service the next day. This diary gives insight on the life of a teacher, church member, and involved community member.

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This diary includes entries from September 1-November 14, 1917. Greene wrote each day about his work, the weather, and events within the community, especially church events. People mentioned in this diary include Mr. Walker Tatum, B.B. Daugherty John Morgan, Rev. Mr. Adams, and Rev. Mr. Clark. Places mentioned through this diary include Asheville, Blowing Rock, Boone, Watauga County, Camp Jackson in Columbia SC, and many more.

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This diary includes entries from November 15, 1917 through February 20, 1918. Each day Greene wrote about his work at Appalachian Training School, the weather, the church, community members, and community events. This diary gives insight on what the typical school day at Appalachian Training School would look like as well as what life in Boone looked like during the years of 1917 and 1918.

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This diary includes entries for each day from February 21-November 18, 1918. Greene wrote each day about the Appalachian Training School and the work he did there. Mentioned in this diary, and still on Campus at Appalachian State University today is White Hall, which is now a female residence hall. He also wrote about his involvement in the Baptist Church in Boone. He frequently mentions Rev. Mr. Adams, as well as many other reverends. He gives insight as to what the life of a local from Boone NC might look like during this time period.

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This diary has entries for each day from November 1918 through March 1919. He writes his daily activities, his thoughts and opinions on specific events, and important records. This diary gives unique perspective into the life of an Appalachian Training School teacher, and a local of Boone, NC.

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This diary includes daily entries from March through July 1919. In this diary Greene wrote about his work at Appalachian Training School, the weather, the church events, and members of the community. At this time, Greene was living and working in Boone, NC. Names mentioned in this diary include Professor D.D. Dougherty, Rev. Mr. Bradshaw, and Mr. Coble of Elk Park.

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This is a diary with daily entries by Andrew Jackson Greene from July 20 to August 31, 1919. Greene wrote about his daily activities, the weather, the church, and his work at Appalachian Training School during July and August. Places mentioned in this diary include Boone, Mabel, Blowing Rock, Beaver Dam, and Eastern Training School.

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This diary includes entries from September 1 though October 8, 1919. Each Day Andrew Jackson Greene made an entry about his work, the church, or community events. He was a teacher at Appalachian Training School in Boone, NC. Community members and events that are mentioned throughout this diary include, but are not limited to J.H. Farthing, J.J. Eller, and the Fair at Mountain City.

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This diary contains daily entries from October 9 through December 6, 1919. This is the diary of Andrew Jackson Greene, where he recorded his thoughts and opinions about things that happened to him during the day, as well as his work at Appalachian Training School and the events within the church. Greene wrote from the perspective of a church goer, a local, and a teacher.

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This diary includes entries from December 9, 1919 through February 4, 1920. In each entry, he included information about what was happening in the church and in the community. He wrote about his daily work at Appalachian Training School and his students. Many entries include comments about the weather for that day. Familiar places named in this diary include Beaver Dam, Cove Creek, Mabel, and Boone.

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This diary includes daily entries from February 5 to March 23, 1920. Many of these entries are about Andrew Jackson Greene’s work at Appalachian Training School. He seemed to be struggling to find the time to get everything done in the first few entries. He wrote about church in most of the entries. He attended Cove Creek Church, the Baptist church in Boone, and Bethel Church. The entries also tell what the weather was like each day, especially the days that were unusually cold or when it snowed.

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This diary includes daily entries by Andrew Jackson Greene. These entries are from March 24 through July 31, 1920. In each entry he talks about the weather, church members, visiting his neighbors, and the work he does around the house. He also takes his vacation during march, and he mentions his children much more frequently than in past diaries.

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This diary includes daily entries from August 1 through November 24, 1920. Greene wrote each day about the things he did that day, the weather, the church, and his work. He also included his visits with neighbors such as W.W. Campbell, R.A. Thomas, and John Greer. The school opened on August 24th. Some other community members mentioned throughout this diary include Rev. Mr. Cornish, Mr. B.S. Dugger, Conly Glenn, and D.E. Benfield.

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This diary includes daily entries from November 25, 1920 through January 27, 1921. Greene wrote daily about the weather, the work at his school, and the workings of the church. Familiar places mentioned include Willowdale, Oak Grove, Boone, Mabel, Lovill Home Annex and Johnson City, Tennessee.

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This diary includes entries from January 28 through April 12, 1921. Greene wrote daily about the local churches, his work as a teacher at Appalachian Training School, the weather, and his travels. Dr. Dougherty was a key leader for school, Greene frequently mentions his name.

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This diary contains daily entries from April 13 through June 30 1921. In this diary, Andrew Jackson Greene continues his daily writings about his everyday life. He includes information about the weather, his work at Appalachian Training School, the local churches, the community events, and his visits with his neighbors. Community members mentioned in this diary include, but are not limited to B.S. Dugger, I.W. Gross, and Capt. E.F. Lovill.

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This diary includes daily entries day from July 1 through August 25, 1921. Greene wrote about his work as a preacher and as a teacher as well as his travels and visits with neighbors. He also included information about the community from daily life to events and programs. Greene was completely immersed in the community. he went before the school board, spoke at different churches, visited many locals on business and attended lectures for pleasure.

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This diary contains daily entries by Andrew Jackson Greene on a range of subjects such as weather, church, school, community events, and travel. The diary contains entries from August 26 through November 13, 1921. Greene travels to a multitude of places throughout this diary some of these places include, Willowdale, Boone, Mabel, Zionville, Deep Gap, Cove Creek, and Elizabethton, Tennessee.

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This diary includes daily entries from November 14, 1921 through April 13, 1922. Each day Greene recorded his daily activities including his duties as a teacher, his work as a preacher, and his visits with friends. He also included information about the weather, different churches in the community, and community events.

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This diary includes entries from April 14 through August 7, 1922. In the diary Greene recorded his thoughts and opinions in addition to a detailed record of what he did that day. This could range from working at home on the farm, working at the Appalachian Training School, preaching sermons on Sundays, traveling, spending time with his family, and visiting with friends and neighbors.

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