This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources for genealogy, 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

This collection contains the family Bible of Lillie Shull and Blanford Barnard (B.B.) Dougherty. B.B. Dougherty founded Watauga Academy in 1899 along with his brother D.D., and developed the institution in to Appalachian State Teachers College, and what would become Appalachian State University.

1 linear foot (1 tall manuscript box)

The Dugger Family Genealogical Papers is a collection of pedigree and family charts for the ancestors of Solomon Quince Dugger, of Butler, Tennessee. The Dugger Family Genealogical Papers includes descriptions of families related to Solomon Dugger (1828-1910). The Dugger family is traced to Daniel Dugger, born in 1690 in Scotland, and migrated to eighteenth century Virginia and northwestern North Carolina

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Edmond Spencer Blackburn Papers concern Blackburn's Congressional and legal career and his family. Edmond Blackburn was a native of Watuaga County, North Carolina. A Republican, he had an extensive political career including the U.S. Congress from March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903 and from March 4, 1905 until his death in 1912.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Floyd County, Virginia Births Collection of Papers consists of 181 typed pages of birthdates for approximately 2,300 free and enslaved inhabitants of Floyd County, Virginia from 1853-1867. 

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Graham Family Papers consist of microfilmed copies of receipts to and from Jiles Graham for debt payments, promissary notes, tax receipts, day books, and school committee documents.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The Grogan Family Genealogical Papers is a collection regarding the Grogan family of Watauga County, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Harper-Beall Family Papers consist of nineteenth-century correspondence, medical advertisements, and financial documents from the Beall and Harper families of Lenoir, North Carolina and Davidson County, North Carolina.

James Harper of Lenoir, North Carolina and his daughter Mary "Mollie" Beall and son-in-law Robert Beall generated the majority of this collection. The collection documents the life of a North Carolina Foothill upper-class family involved in business, medicine, and politics.

3.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 leather bag)