This subject guide contains both primary and secondary source resources about activism, both within and beyond the Appalachian region.  Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room.  To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This collection consists of the agendas of the second and third annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Conference, the second one being in 1979 at Jackson'Mill State 4-H Camp, West Virginia, and the third being in 1980 at Johnson City, Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Appalachian Studies Student Alliance Collection covers the development of the Appalachian Studies Student Alliance. Papers include fliers, e-mail print-outs, surveys, posters. It is a non-incorporated, unofficial student organization for Appalachian Studies undergraduates, graduates and alumnus at Appalachian State University. This collection contains correspondence and surveys regarding the attitudes of graduate students regarding Appalachian State University's Appalachian Studies program.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Council on Appalachian Women Records contains records related to the activities of the Council on Appalachian Women (CAW) activities.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview consists of a compact disc recording of an interview with Dr. Carrol Waymon on National Public Radio station WNCW. This interview covers the childhood and music career of his sister, singer Nina Simone.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Helen Matthews Lewis Papers contain the papers and research materials of sociologist Helen Lewis. The collection consists of research on the topics of Appalachian Studies, coal mining in South Wales and Appalachia, the Highlander Education Center, Appalachian religion and culture, the Ivanhoe History Project, and community and economic development. It includes oral histories, journals, academic papers, and publications including newspapers, newsletters, books, and ephemera, a collection of videotapes and audio recordings of Welsh coal mining communities made during 1975-1976, photographs, slides, and five pieces of coal.

86.0 linear feet (99 boxes, 8 half-sized manuscript boxes, 7 records cartons, 4 CD boxes, 14 VHS boxes, 2 small oversize boxes, 2 large artifacts boxes, 1 small artifact box, 7 oversize folders, 2 boxes in cold storage, 1 tube in rolled storage)

The Highlander Center Records contains information about the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee as well as materials related to the Appalachian region, mostly gathered for a land study in the early 1980s. Also included are articles, papers, legislation information, and other materials about coal mining and other natural resource utilization and abuse.

86.25 linear feet (83 boxes)

This collection is a scrapbook on newsprint pad of newspaper clippings on the mineral, gas and oil companies' efforts to obtain mining rights/leases on land in Western North Carolina in the late 1970s-1982. Clippings date 1970-1982 and come from several different newspapers about various companies contacting residents for these leases. There is also a handwritten list of some of the clippings in a folder within the box.

1.5 linear feet (1 oversize box)