Ethnicity and Race


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about ethnicity and race, primarily in the Appalachian region. Also see the guide on African Americans for additional resources. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The German Fraternal Order Photograph is an undated 10" x 8" black and white photograph of seventy-seven men from the early Twentieth Century. Context is unknown.  Some men in the photograph carry rifles, eight hold musical instruments, two wear butcher aprons, and most wear a ribbon. Two flags are held. One is the United States flag while the other is unidentifiable.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains one article written by Bill D. Whittaker. The article details the racial history of Corbin, Kentucky.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

In 1832, Isaac Foster wrote a letter to his son Whitley Foster, who had recently moved to Milledgeville, Georgia from his family's home in Chatham, Connecticut. In the letter, the senior Foster offers his opinion on the Cherokee removal from their homeland, South Carolina's possible secession, provides family news and offers his son advice. This letter contains paragraph discussing opinion of Cherokee removal being unjust and paragraph discussing South Carolina's circa 1832 threats to secede from the United States.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The John Regent Letter contains one typed letter dated 186- proposing the creation of a monument for the Battle of Point Pleasant.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Kenneth Baldwin Artwork consists of approximately fifty charcoal, pastels, and watercolors by Army Sergeant Kenneth Baldwin of Greenville, South Carolina. Baldwin illustrates the peoples and scenery of India, Burma, and China as well as army experiences.

2.0 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box and 1 flat box)

The Ku Klux Klan Papers contains examples of the Klan's members' Commission Credentials, informational pamphlets, and a restricted student paper for Dr. Lorin Baumhover's course in 1968, all of which may contain offensive material and language.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The Leo Finkelstein Papers contain materials relating to Leo Finkelstein, resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the Asheville Lions Club, Elks Club, and the Beth Ha-Tephila Cemetery in Asheville. It contains computer discs, notes, scrapbooks, book drafts, correspondence, photographs, programs, fliers, and other materials related Leo Finkelstein, his wife Sylvia, and the Jewish Community in Asheville, North Carolina, with some items duplicated on paper and in media formats.

1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)