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 George Alfred Bell Store Ledger Digital Images is a digitized collection of the store's 1916-1923 business acounts. The original ledger was returned to the donor.

1.0 linear feet (2 CD boxes)

The George Antone Furniture Industry Research Papers contains Dr. George Antone's research papers on the furniture industry of western Piedmont North Carolina, including early twentieth century newspaper articles about furniture companies and their leaders. It also contains some of Antone's personal and business papers from his employment at Appalachian State University in the History Department.

14.0 linear feet (16 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 shoebox, 1 small flip-top box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

The Graham Family Papers consist of microfilmed copies of receipts to and from Jiles Graham for debt payments, promissary notes, tax receipts, day books, and school committee documents.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The Greater Lynchburg Story Collection is a collection of booklet, brochures and one flier about Lynchburg, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Greer Family Collection is a collection of checks, purchase statements, S.M. Greer and Son letterheads from S.M. Greer of Marion and Grant, Virginia. The Greers raised livestock for sale.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The H. Cone and Sons Collection consists primarily of business correspondence generated by H. Cone and Sons from 1876 to 1900. One item is dated 1976. Also included is a Cone cigar box and two notes from Ceasar Cone II.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Harper-Beall Family Papers consist of nineteenth-century correspondence, medical advertisements, and financial documents from the Beall and Harper families of Lenoir, North Carolina and Davidson County, North Carolina.

James Harper of Lenoir, North Carolina and his daughter Mary "Mollie" Beall and son-in-law Robert Beall generated the majority of this collection. The collection documents the life of a North Carolina Foothill upper-class family involved in business, medicine, and politics.

3.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 leather bag)