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 Chuck Hemrick Papers include almost two hundred video cassettes and air film from the Blue Ridge Views television news spots, originally shown on local ABC-TV affiliate program WGHP in the late 1980s. This collection contains audio-visual footage of Appalachian crafts people, folk singers and other local traditions of northwestern North Carolina.

6 linear feet (5 boxes)

This is a cartoon from an old magazine or newspaper featuring Dan Holly with a whip and a woman named Jade.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of Doris (Miz M) Martin Gabbard Michael includes black and white photographs and narratives of bits of her life. A original poem and sketches for Miz M’s book are also included.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

This collection is a comb-bound booklet of Dr. Estle Pershing Muncy's color photographs and writings, with some copied facts and pictures, sent as a Christmas Seasons Greeting to George Brosky, circa 1987.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Hillbilly Mask is the contents and wrapping of "Dress-Up Hillbilly" by Ben Cooper, Inc. Included are a synthetic black beard, a vinyl black hat, and a corncob pipe. An "Appalachian State" sticker is attached to the package wrapping.

1.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Jack Guy Papers contains audio, photographic, and three-dimensional materials (toys) generated by folk artist and musician Jack Guy of Avery County, North Carolina. The audio recordings contain interviews and music of various Watauga County residents, including Gaither Carlton, Mack Presnell, Tab Ward, Arnold Watson, Willard Watson. The black and white photographs feature Guy's folk toys.

4 linear feet (5 boxes)

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)