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

This collection includes one record book containing meeting minutes for the Music and Arts Club, dating 1946-1947. The Music and Arts Club at Appalachian State Teachers College appears to have operated for a short time, dating at least to 1946.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Neighborhood Art Photographs consists of nine color photographs with handwritten descriptions analyzing Appalachian culture through yard art.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Sketches of Early Watauga collection contains 20 original sketches by Dr. Margaret 'Peggy' Polson of Watauga County, North Carolina. The sketches depict early homes, businesses, and scenes, all dated 1972 and published in 1973.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of one manuscript, author unknown, entitled Penland School of Handicrafts, dating 1949, giving facts and history of the school and its people.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This stamp collection was donated by Robert G. Fox, Sr. prior to 1998. There are single, block, and plates of stamps, foreign and domestic, mint condition and cancelled, dating as far back as the 1840's, as well as dated bank receipts of 1898-1932 and first date of issue envelopes. It also contains correspondence dated and stamped 1827-1913.

3.5 Linear feet

The Sergeant John Champe Prints consists of two prints of John Champe, a Revolutionary War spy against Benedict Arnold. He was originally from Loudoun County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Plow was an independent newspaper published in Abingdon, Virginia from 1975-1979. This collection contains a wide array of photographs linked to Plow articles on issues confronting the Appalachian region.

6.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize box)