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

The National Committee for the New River Records consists of the papers of the National Committee for the New River and its members regarding its successful effort to stop construction of two American Electric Power Company hydroelectric power dams on the New River. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, transcripts of Congressional testimonies and hearings, court filings and miscellaneous information, dated from 1962 to 1976. Historical research materials date to 1912. The materials chronicle the efforts of the National Committee for the New River, the State of North Carolina, Congressional leaders, and others to prevent the American Electric Power Company from proceeding with their dam project.

24.01 linear feet (38 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 1 folder in cold storage, 1 oversize folder)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Youth Conservation Corps Collection contains a variety of materials addressing the Youth Conservation Corps Program of Appalachian State University circa the late 1970s.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)