This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about education, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The C. Howard Dorgan Papers is a collection of documents created by Dorgan while he was a Communications professor at Appalachian State University. Materials include Dorgan's research on traditional Appalachian religions and documents related to the Appalachian Studies Association.

18 linear feet (26 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 CD box, 2 records cartons, 1 large audiocassette box, 1 small audiocassette box, 1 oversize box, 1 folder in cold storage)

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)

Camp Yonahlossee was a summer camp for young women founded in 1922. The camp operated until the late 1980s. This collection features materials related to camp life, administration, and history. There are extensive photographs and scrapbooks which illustrate the experience of Camp Yonahlossee from its earliest years in the 1920s until its close in the 1980s.

14.0 linear feet [13 boxes]

The Carl Ross Papers is a collection of Carl Ross' academic research and students papers, predominantly from his classes on Appalachian Culture and History. The collection includes extensive materials on the history and architecture of the Brinegar Cabin located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also a number of materials related to Dr. Ross' passion for the Civil War and living history programs. A bulk of the collection is centered around Ross' interest in Appalachian Studies and his work in documenting the history of the region.

13.25 linear feet (17 record boxes, 3 half sized, 1 small oversize, 3 overzsize folders)

The records of the Center for Appalachian Studies, located at Appalachian State University, gives some history of the Center, its functions, its projects, and key people in its operations. The Center's records gives evidence of the activities that seek to encourage to study and invest in the region and its social, economic, and cultural development.

19.0 linear feet (31 manuscript boxes, 3 half-size manuscript, 2 shoeboxes, 1 small and 1 medium flats)

This is a collection of certificates from Charlestown, West Virginia, Graded School and Male Academy. The graded school certificate is blank. The two Certificates of Distinction from the Male Academy are to George W. Rouse, dated 1890-91. The Certificate of Proficiency is to Frank Rouss, dated 1893-94.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection is an announcement of the beginning school year 1900-1901 at Concord State Normal School in Athens, West Virginia. It is a 3"x5-1/2" heavy cardstock card that has been bent into 4 quarters, therefore is very fragile, almost torn into two parts.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)