This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about agriculture, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Jack Grayson Farm Survey is a 23 x 20" survey of the Jack Grayson farm of Bland County, Virginia. This map is an example of early nineteenth century surveying and provides information about land ownership.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Jack Jeffers Photography Collection contains over 700 matted photographic prints, many framed, of the Appalachian region. The majority of photographs were taken in Virginia and West Virginia.

112.75 linear feet (34 oversize boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 67 matted photographs, 160 framed photographs, 2 baskets)

L. H. Cook Farm Map is a 17" x 26 1/2" blueprint map of L.H. Cook's farm in Buchanan District of Botetourt County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

Established in 1868, Lamons Wagon Company produced wagons in Greeneville, Tennessee. Mabel M. Lamons auctioned the company real and personal property in 1961. The Lamons Wagon Company Collection consist of one 1961 broadside advertising the sale of the Lamons Wagon Company, two black and white photographs, two advertisement brochures, and three advertisement fliers.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Lee Wilson Papers contain business and personal documents, correspondence, bank statements and deposit slips of Lee Wilson, a tobacco farmer in Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina. Also includes papers concerning Howard Miller and Thomas Miller, an associate of Wilson.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Linville Higgins Letter is a one paged letter written by Linville Higgins of Alleghany County, North Carolina in 1871 to his grandson John Higgins. This collection provides insight into health of elderly people, crops, political opinion during Reconstruction era Appalachian North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Mary Alice Flannagan Collection consists of two scrapbooks created circa 1930 with over 250 lumber samples. This collection illustrates the various types of lumber used in the early Twentieth Century.

2 linear feet (2 boxes)