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 Jacob Winebarger Ledger consists of the microfilm of Jacob Winebarger's millwright ledger dated 1852-1870. His operation was located in Meat Camp, North Carolina. Included are his ledger records for 1852-1854 and 1870 as well as 1916-1953-era inserted business advertisement letters and tax receipts.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The James A. Burgbacher Advertisement includes one advertisement card for his specialty chicken breeds, eggs and fowl available for sale.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

James Thomas Broyhill (August 19, 1927- ), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina. Born in Lenoir, North Carolina to James Edgar and Satie Hunt Broyhill. Elected November 1962 as a Representative to the Eighty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses. Second longest acting Congressman in the history of North Carolina. Resigned as a Representative July 14, 1986 upon appointment to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John East. Served as State Senator from July 14, 1986 to November 10, 1986. Unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate seat in 1986. Served as the Secretary, North Carolina Department of Economic and Community.

535 linear feet (1,132 boxes)

John Walker was a businessman, philanthropist and community leader from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and contributed a major gift to the College of Business in 1976, now named for him. This collection contains certificates and plaques presented to John Walker, a 1992 book about John Walker, and 7 binders of speeches made by John Walker.

5.25 linear feet (7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)

The John R. Hodges Papers is a collection of documents generated during the mid-nineteenth century by John R. Hodges of Middle Cane, North Carolina. Most documents are financial in nature. This collection contains examples of monetary notes used during the antebellum period.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The John T. Shepherd Papers contains Shepherd's business and personal papers dating from the early twentieth century.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection is a business ledger for Capon Mills, owned by John W. Frye (and Sons?) in Hardy County, West Virginia in the 1865-1872 period.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)