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 consists of eight unused telegrams used by Western Union.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains inventory/catalogs and order information for six wine, liquor and/or whiskey companies operating in Bristol, Virginia or Louisville, Kentucky in the early 1900's.

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This collection consists of an advertising postcard of William Vance Nichols Art Studio in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and features a copy of one of his paintings, Grand Retreat, along with a biography of him on the back.

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The Winston-Salem Fealty Building and Loan Association Ledger consists of one 9" x 14 1/2" x 1" ledger from the Winston-Salem Fealty Building and Loan Association, dating 1913 to 1934. This ledger contains the Winston-Salem Fealty Building and Loan Association's balances for twenty years. It includes shares, expenses, and rents.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Wolf's Head Receipt consists of one 1801 receipt for a wolf's head from Lincoln County, Kentucky. American communities instituted wolf bounties to control the predators' attacks on livestock.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Wyrick Spring Company Stock Certificate is a blank stock certicate for the Wyrick Spring Company, located in Bristol, Virginia. Washington County, Virginia, where Bristol is located, is known for its springs. This stock document exemplifies the Progressive Era's harnassing of nature for profit.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Wythe County, Virginia Papers is a collection of materials, including promissory loan notes, receipts, advertisements, and articles, about people and places of Wythe County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)