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 Harrison Hagan Patent Papers entail Hagan's attempt for a patent for a "new and useful machine for washing & rolling clothes" probably in early 1800s. His letter describes the machine and apparent drawings of it, submitted to the Commissioner of Patents, along with a letter from Court of Preston County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Hartzog Family Papers is a collection of materials from the Wiley Hartzog family of Boone, North Carolina. Wiley Hartzog ran a construction company and built houses in Watauga County, North Carolina. Hartzog was also the Boone postmaster. This collection contains information about Boone's house and building construction business, family life, Boone United Methodist Church, and Appalachian State University.

20.0 linear feet (33 boxes, 3 half sized boxes, 1 oversize)

The Horton Family Papers are a collection of documents accumulated by the Horton family of Watauga County, North Carolina. Jonathan Horton and James Crittenden Horton generated most documents.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

This collection contains the ledgers, some correspondence and photographs of the country store in Creston, North Carolina known as J.S. (Joe) Stephens Store. Dated from the early 1920s to the late 1990s when the store closed, these ledgers and papers reflect an insight into country folks' mercantile needs and how important the country store was to the community.

12.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

The J.S. Hodges Bank Notes includes notes drawn by J.S. Hodges against Watauga County Bank, Johnson County Bank and individual Watauga County citizens. J. S. Hodges lived in Vilas, North Carolina during the early twentieth century and the bank notes represent the years 1912 to 1921.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The J.T. (John T.) Morgan Papers is a collection of business receipts, licenses, and records of J.T. Morgan as a merchant in Bedford County, Virginia. An associate H.C. Morgan is mentioned on some papers.

2.0 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

The J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm Records is a digital collection consisting of scans of documents from the law firm dating to the early 1900s. The scans are housed on ten CDs.

0.5 linear feet (10 CDs in box)