African Americans


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about African Americans. For additional resources, see the guide on Ethnicity and Race. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

"We Have Some Writers" is one sheet printing of Phyllis Wilson Moore's "We Have Some Writers" as it appeared in Traditions: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Education Awareness. Volume 3, No. 1, Winter-Spring 1995. Phyllis Wilson Moore is one of West Virginia's turn of the twentieth century literary figures.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Allen High School, originally named the Allen Industrial Training School, was a girls' private boarding school located in Asheville, North Carolina, which served the African-American population from 1887 to 1974. The collection includes photographs, annuals, brochures, letters, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials relating to the Allen School and Winifred Wrisley's relationship to the school as Music Teacher and to the United Methodist Church.

12.0 linear feet (19 boxes)

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908, and the Omicron Kappa Chapter was established at ASU in 1988. These records include materials relating to the group in general and specifically their celebration of their 20th anniversary in 2008.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

This collection consists of a two-page handwritten order to the sheriff of Burke County, North Carolina to seize seventeen slaves of William McKeson, Henry O'Neil, Thomas G. Walton and N.W. Woodfin for payment of a debt of $1848.34 to E.E. Greenlee, dated August 12, 1861. The slaves were seized November 16, 1861.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a program of the Memorial Service for those members of Local Union No. 6343 of the United Mine Workers of America. This service was held on May 29, 1938 at Crozer Temple Colored Church, Elkhorn, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection by Delmas Parker of his papers and research on black education in Ashe County (North Carolina) 1870-1964. It includes his final paper for Dr. Carl Ross of Appalachian State University, one color photo in Cold Storage, and photocopies of magazine articles.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 folder in cold storage)