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 Luray Greene Rominger Oral History Interviews collection consists of two audio cassettes with the transcripts of interviews of Grace C. Wilkins and Lisa P. Bryan in 2001.

1.5 linear feet (1 medium flat box and 1 CD box)

This collection consists of one small (2-1/4x2-1/4 inch square) advertisement for Madam Thompson Perfect Hair Straightner [sic] stating None Genuine Wihtout [sic] This Signature, and it is signed James C. Thompson.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Munsey Poole Collection consists of a typed copy of the story of Caty Sage, a Virginia Colonial era American Indian.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Patricia Duane Beaver Papers contain a wealth of information about the conferences she attended, research on Appalachia, some family and personal mementos of travels as well as books, journals and oral histories relating to Appalachian Studies.

60.0 linear feet (67 manuscript boxes, 11 CD boxes, 20 shoe box, 4 oversize flat boxes, 3 small manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript in Cold Storage, one oversize folder)

Reverend Reggie Longcrier Collection of Papers consist of three documents describing Hickory, North Carolina-based church, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, and the pastor's pro-gay marriage question in the 2007 CNN-You Tube Democratic Presidential debate. This collection provides an alternative view of Black Appalachian churches as homophobic.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of public appeals to help, brochures and pamphlets explaining court cases and defenses, blank petitions, and a typed chronology of the case of the Scottsboro Boys. Materials are dated 1931-1941.

2.01 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection is comprised of brochures and papers describing the Second Union of the Melungeons at Clinch Valley College, Wise, Virginia on July 9-12, 1998. Also included are four black & white maps of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties plus a map of Southwest Virginia.

One folder located in ASCS Box 17.11 on A52.1.4 and the oversize folder is in ACSC OVERSIZE Box 1 on A52.1.5