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 is a Mercantile Coupon Book, coupons worth $25.00. Date inside is 194___. It is a complete book of coupons, none have been removed. Number on front cover is 32202J.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Moses Cone Estate Collection is made up chiefly of correspondence concerning the operation of the Moses Cone Estate near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, especially its work in the raising of Shropshire sheep. Estate manager was A. C. Moody, and much of the materials relate to his work.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection consists of seven hymnal catalogs and fliers from Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company and one price list from Vaughan Books and Teacher Supplies, both from Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

National Woolen Mills Broadsides contains four 8" x 12" broadsides advertising National Woolen Mills' display of spring suits in various West Virginian towns. National Woolen Mills was located in Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The New River Light and Power Company, a non-profit subsidiary of Appalachian State University, was formed in 1915 and continues to provide electricity to customers in the town of Boone and surrounding community. This collection contains files regarding the operation of the New River Light and Power Company and includes general correspondence, accounting information, rate increases, long-range plans, and various reports.

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Dr. Michael Wade's graduate students in 1987 conducted interviews of New River Light and Power Company employees. The transcripts along with research on New River Light and Power Company were utilized by his graduate students in his 2006 Seminar in Oral History class to complete the "Research Design for the History of the New River Light and Power Company" document in December 2006.

1.0 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 audio-cassette box)

This is a letter from O.R.Carver and Company, Builders of High Grade Farm Wagons in Morristown, Tennessee, dated December 31, 1904 to Curtis & Farthing, Butler, Tennessee, concerning future wagon orders.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)