This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about architecture, 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

Smyth County, Virginia Lifetime Collection is a compilation of materials related to Smyth County, Virginia. Subject areas include religion, mills and industry, folklife, agriculture, architecture, education, and community events.

6.0 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder, and 1 folder housed in cold storage)

This collection contains architectural renditions and black and white photographs of commercial buildings, schools, churches, and homes by the company Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan Architects of Lynchburg, Virginia. Most are unidentified and undated.

1.0 linear feet (1 flat box)

The Watauga County, North Carolina Historical Site Project was a Watauga County architectural study of older houses, churches, stores, barns, and schools conducted by students and volunteers between 1988 and 1990. The collection contains records of the project including administrative files, site survey notes, photographs, and maps.

5.5 linear feet (15 boxes)