Arts and Crafts


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about arts and crafts, 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 Appalachian Regional Brochure Collection is a collection of brochures of attractions located throughout the Appalachian Regional Commission-defined counties and the Appalachian Trail states. The collection covers historical sites and tourist attractions. Brochures currently cover the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This collection provides insight into the promotion of tourism in the Appalachian region as well as describing the actual sites themselves.

9.5 linear feet (19 manuscript boxes)

The Appalachian Regional Ephemera Collection contains flyers, posters, postcards, brochures, travel guides, booklets, programs, and other ephemera from Appalachian towns or with Appalachian themes. There are real estate booklets with northwestern North Carolina houses for sale, as well as brochures of businesses, museums, and tourist attractions of Appalachia.

22.0 linear feet (25 manuscript boxes, 2 shoeboxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 1 folder in Cold Storage)

The Blue Ridge Garden Club Records includes newspaper articles, scrapbooks, minutes, and treasurer and secretary papers from the Blue Ridge Garden Club. This collection showcases Watauga County, North Carolina's first organized garden club and its activities. Originally an exclusive group, the Blue Ridge Garden Club was active in Beautification Projects and coordinating a junior club. One of their main projects was the creation of the Daniel Boone Garden in 1961. The project books and club scrapbooks contain many photographs from the 1950s through the 1990s and illustrates the development of the town of Boone, North Carolina.

7 linear feet (14 boxes)

The Boone Community Book is a hand-crafted book with mostly originial comments and artwork relating to the idea of "community" and the authors' interpretations. Included also are community-related newspaper clippings of events and agencies.

0.8 linear feet (1 oversized box)

Camp Yonahlossee was a summer camp for young women founded in 1922. The camp operated until the late 1980s. This collection features materials related to camp life, administration, and history. There are extensive photographs and scrapbooks which illustrate the experience of Camp Yonahlossee from its earliest years in the 1920s until its close in the 1980s.

14.0 linear feet [13 boxes]

The collection contains photographs of a shawl reportedly worn by Catherine Marlowe at a ball given for George Washington's officers at Yorktown. The shawl descended through the Wiles family who were the grandchildren of Catherine Marlowe.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Charlotte Ross Papers contains her Appalachian bibliography note card collection as well as personal files relevant to the Appalachian region, American history and folklore studies. Charlotte Ross's Bibliography of Southern Appalachia is a comprehensive bibliography of Appalachian books up to 1976.

7.5 linear feet (18 index card file boxes; 7 manuscript boxes; 2 half-sized manuscript boxes; one oversized folder; and one cold-storage folder)