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

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)

A collection of six bills and receipts, two from Burke's Iron Works, and four from Staunton Iron Works. All were to P.H. Skaggs between 1871 and 1873.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Stephens and Sexton Document consists of 1901 letter of business letterhead from Stephens and Sexton of Sippihaw, North Carolina to J.M. Cates.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of color photos of the Boone Golf Club, plans of the history of and proposed adaptation of the hotel into a southern cultural center, and 3 color photos of the demolition of the Daniel Boone Hotel in 1983. There are also two editions of the Blowing Rock 'Sun Down Times' from 1979. All were donated by Suzanne Wise, a faculty member of Appalachian State University.

1.51 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

The Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts collection contains one large scrapbook-type collection of 1906 receipts from the Taylor and Mast General Store of Watauga County, North Carolina, pasted into a 1904 Star Tailoring catalog, and a receipt book with copies of handwritten receipts, dated 1928. These ledgers show the purchases of a rural general store in the early twentieth century.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box)

The Taylor and Moore Ledger documents the sales of the Taylor and Moore General Store of Valle Crucis, in Watauga County, North Carolina, during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

1 linear foot (3 boxes)

This collection is a paper advertisement from The Peoples National Bank of Lexington, Virginia, reporting on the upcoming change is the size of paper currency in the United States, as of July 1, 1929.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)