This guide includes a list of manuscript collections that include diaries and memoirs. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

The John Andrew Rice, Jr. Papers contain the literary remains and personal papers of John Rice, founder of Black Mountain College. The collection includes materials relating to the founding and early years of Black Mountain College.

7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)

The John Gaventa Papers consist of the papers and research materials of political sociologist John Gaventa. This includes research materials concerning coal mining in Appalachia and Wales and the economic and environmental effects of mining on these regions as well as materials concerning the American Association Limited and Sir Denys Lowson. It also includes correspondence, journals and calendars, publications and papers written by Gaventa, interview transcripts, photographs, and audiocassette tapes and a VHS tape of speeches given by Gaventa.

11.0 linear feet (16 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 audiocassette box)

The John Idol, Jr. Papers contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. John Idol, Jr., a writer and scholar on the lives and works of Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included in the collection are Idol's personal journals and travel diaries, poetry, correspondence, and scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials including ephemera, academic articles, newspaper clippings, and media related to Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

18.0 linear feet (17 manuscript boxes, 3 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small oversize box, 1 CD box 1 large oversize box)

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 photocopied journal of one man's tour of duty in France in World War I. In it, Joseph Gordon Greenwood briefly descriibes his daily life for almost a year during the war.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection of papers, books and keepsakes of Juanita Brown Tobin, 1915-2007, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Included are her award-winning books of poetry and personal scrapbooks, along with hundreds of original poems and prose by Tobin and other authors.

28 linear feet (21 manuscript, 13 half-manuscript, 3 flats, 3 shoeboxes, 5 records, 1 3' oversize box)

The Judy Ann Wilson Schoolday Memories Book is a photograph/autograph book of Wilson's fifth grade year in Trade School in the mid-1950s. It contains only a few photographs and one autograph.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder