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

Trivette and Holshouser Lawyer's Desk Books from Boone, North Carolina consists of two lawyer'desk books from Watauga County, North Carolina law firms, dated 1929 and 1932. The desk books were used to identify receipts received and actions taken.

0.03 linear feet (3 folders)

The Valle Crucis Company Records contains ledgers, day books and other records generated by a Valle Crucis store, primarily covering the years 1909-1915, 1917-1918 and 1925-1934. Also includes tax receipts and other papers, some as late as 1945. This collection provides insight into the purchasing conventions of western Watauga County, North Carolina's residents during the early twentieth century. The ledgers contain customers' names, purchases and method of payment.

5.5 linear feet (12 boxes)

This collection is an accounts ledger from an unnamed Virginia business, dating 1932-1933, probably a brickyard, that also includes a child's drawings and several pages of lyrics to gospel songs, along with two newspaper articles.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

This ledger is from an unnamed fuel company in Virginia and contains names of individuals and businesses that may have been customers of kerosene and fuel oil from this company in 1954.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

This ledger of Virginia Table Works, Inc. includes stock shares information in 1906-1907, then a bank account of the Marion National Bank for the business. Virginia Table Works, Inc. was located in Marion, Virginia.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The Watauga Development Corporation of Elizabethton, Tennessee Ledgers collection consists of two ledgers full of monthly reports from the corporation to partners, reporting rental payments, stock and equipment inventories, and expenses between 1933 and 1935.

1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Westcott and Trenchard Lumber Co. Document consists of one 1911 letter from Westcott and Trenchard Lumber Co. of Gumberry, North Carolina to W.L. Cates of Gumberry, North Carolina. It is written on business letterhead.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)