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 Senator Jim Sasser Papers relating to the Melungeon Tribes of Tennessee contains various papers as well as a letter about the status of the Big South Fork National Recreation Area in Tennessee in 1979.

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This video, Sky People: The Art and History of Blowing Rock, was created by Rebecca Jones and commissioned by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. It introduces museum visitors to Blowing Rock, North Carolina and the High Country.

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This collection consist of a small 5x7 notice confirming that the two men listed here (W.L. Hill and Thos. Massie) heard a statement made during a speech by Jacob Yost at Massie's Mill, Virginia. Made official by Justice of the Peace of Nelson County, Virginia R.W. Massie, dated October 30, 1884.

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Vardy Valley Oral History Project Records contains "The Vardy Valley Oral History Project, And Other Research and Works" by Theresa Burchett for a Master's internship and the Vardy Historical Society. Vardy Historical Society consists of Melungeon residents of the Vardy Valley, near Sneedville, Tennessee who have worked to preserve the one-room Vardy schoolhouse, oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia.

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The collection contains correspondence about several publications and reviews by William S. Powell for journals, requests for research materials, correspondence with J. Timothy Cole, Mattie Erma Parker, and Mrs. Yandle, and an edited article from The North Carolina Index.

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