This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about business, primarily in the Appalachian region. Records and papers relating to various businesses are listed below.  Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

Bank of Wytheville Promissory Note consists of one 9" x 3.5" 1891 promissory note for George W. Palmer to W.A. Stuart at the Bank of Wytheville of Wytheville, Virginia. From 1863 to 1893, Stuart and Palmer owned the Holston Salt and Plaster Company in Smyth County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains Letters consists of one document, a Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains flier and a 1953 letter from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce to Ms. V. Flowers on the reverse side.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Records originate from an organization of small and large businesses focused on tourism along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The organization advertizes the businesses, produced brochures and a newsletter called the 'Mile Post', and marketed the Blue Ridge Parkway. It also worked to complete the Blue Ridge Parkway's link.

7.5 linear feet (13 archival boxes and 1 flat box)

This collection consists of two items from Bluefield, West Virginia. First is a company receipt from W.H. Coffman Coke Company to H.B. Staley of Marion, Virginia dated March 2, 1896. Second is a scenic postcard of Bluefield dated May 20, 1915.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Bolling & Owens Company Receipts contains two half-page account receipts for Mrs. E.A. Thomas, Wytheville, Virginia, dated November 3 and 18, 1896. Bolling & Owens were Dealers in Dry Goods, Notions, Groceries and Canned Goods in Wytheville, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an accounts/receipts record of the Brading-Rhea Lumber Company of Johnson City, Tennessee, C.M. Miller, receiver on most pages, entries dating 1940-1946.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

This collection is a booklet catalog of two-sided cards featuring on one side, buildings of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois 1893, and on the other side, pictures of carts offered by Buckeye Cart Company of Charleston, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)