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 Emory & Henry College Papers is a collection of two letters, a contract for cattle, and a group photograph of Young Preachers, dating 1863 to 1872.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Eric J. Olson Papers houses the personal and professional collegiate and musical files of Dr. Eric J. Olson, former Appalachian Collection Librarian at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. This collection is the majority of the files from his office pertaining to the Collection, his musical career, his extensive audiovisual collection, and other papers accrued during his career.

17.5 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 large flat boxes, 3 medium flat boxes, 8 large shoeboxes, 2 small shoeboxes, 1 half-size manuscript, 3 manuscript, 1 medium square box, 2 oversize folders, 3 envelopes in Cold storage)

The F. Whitney Jones Papers consists of Dr. Jones' work with Black Mountain College and the Jargon Society, including correspondence with Jargon's founder, Jonathan Williams, and several of its authors, artists, and their works and events. Several manuscripts and poems are also included.

19 linear feet (22 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 3 shoeboxes, 2 CD boxes)

This collection contains delicate school records for the year 1916-1917 of Fulkerson High School, located in Fulkerson, Scott County, Virginia. Teacher's name is J.H. Hilton. Also included is a single sheet enrollment list of students names in unnamed school for term ending August 31, 1909.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Globe (North Carolina) Public School Records consist of school records of Globe School in Caldwell County, North Carolina, for selected years between 1858 and 1886.

1 linear feet (1 box)

Grassy Creek Literary Society Ledger consists of thirty-two completed ledger pages of society minutes. Grassy Creek Literary Society Ledger consists of thirty-two completed ledger pages of society minutes.  The Grassy Creek Literary Society ledger illustrates the intellectual life of a rural Appalachian community. The founding president was G.M. Reeves, whose family was the original owner of the Jefferson Post.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Helen Matthews Lewis Papers contain the papers and research materials of sociologist Helen Lewis. The collection consists of research on the topics of Appalachian Studies, coal mining in South Wales and Appalachia, the Highlander Education Center, Appalachian religion and culture, the Ivanhoe History Project, and community and economic development. It includes oral histories, journals, academic papers, and publications including newspapers, newsletters, books, and ephemera, a collection of videotapes and audio recordings of Welsh coal mining communities made during 1975-1976, photographs, slides, and five pieces of coal.

86.0 linear feet (99 boxes, 8 half-sized manuscript boxes, 7 records cartons, 4 CD boxes, 14 VHS boxes, 2 small oversize boxes, 2 large artifacts boxes, 1 small artifact box, 7 oversize folders, 2 boxes in cold storage, 1 tube in rolled storage)