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

The Cone Family Collection contains photographs and papers related to industrialist Moses Cone and his family. This collection includes family photographs, correspondence, a leather letter wallet engraved "Moses H. Cone", a newspaper clipping scrapbook inscribed "Ceasar Cone," and other newspaper clippings.

1.75 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 2 oversize boxes, 2 framed portraits)

This is a daily ledger of the Cressler Ore Banks Mercantile. First date is April 3, 1880 and it continues through October 29, 1880. Customers' names and charges are listed by day. No available information on location.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of the papers of Cyrus C. Babb, who was a civil engineer, born in Maine, who lived in North Carolina, after working on various hydroelectric projects throughout the United States, circa 1930s. The papers are contained in six notebooks.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Daniel Boone Hotel Ledger is a 15" by 13" ledger from Boone's Daniel Boone Hotel, dating from 1970s to 1976.  The Daniel Boone Hotel Ledger illustrates the financial situation of one of Boone, North Carolina's former landmarks.  It also includes one black and white photograph and negative of Daniel Boone Hotel.

3 linear feet (1 box)

This David Bush Expense Journal is a fragile ledger detailing the daily expenses of Bush and his family for the years of 1878 to 1899. A loose 1883 list of charges for Mr. J.C. Terry is also part of this collection.

0.75 linear feet (1 ledger book)

This collection includes the personal correspondence of Dr. John R. Branscomb as well as his business receipts and bank documents. Also included is an advertisement booklet from I.O. Woodruff and Company of New York City for Freligh's Tablets (Cough and Constituent) for the Prevention and Cure of Pulmonary Phthisis.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Dudley Lumber Company Records is a collection of an incomplete 1894 letter from Dudley Lumber Company to J.W. Cates of Burlington, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)