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

The Pedro T. Slone Papers includes two original manuscripts by Slone, a genealogy paper The Way of Life in Turner's Creek Valley Sixty Years Ago and Historical Sketch of Ferrum, Virginia, along with a letter from Slone's son who donated the manuscripts.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Robert C. Proffit Papers contains Proffit's genealogical materials, genealogical correspondence, and religious materials. This collection primarily regards the genealogy of the Meat Camp community of Watauga County, North Carolina.

3.75 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 folder in Cold Storage)

This collection includes photocopies from the Harper Papers of the Southern Historical Collection, one audiocassette of an 1987 interview with Margaret Harper, and correspondence/articles regarding the history and genealogy of the Harper-Rankin family.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes handwritten and typed poems, some with S.G.S as author, one Christmas card with S.G.S. poem, one Christmas card from Katherine Glass Greene, a birth announcement, a letter to Curtis from W.B. Woodford Hackley, and some genealogical information.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Sallie Greene Allison Papers consist of family history papers, photographs, slides, correspondence, photograph scrapbooks, and other documents of Sallie Greene Allison and her family of Henderson County, North Carolina. This collection documents the life of an unmarried, educated southwestern North Carolina woman.

4.0 linear feet (4 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript boxes, 2 small artifact boxes, 2 shoeboxes, 2 small photo boxes)

Sanna Ross Gaffney Genealogy Research Papers contains information about family crests, along with some family tree information and articles explaining family/family name origins spanning 300 plus years, collected by Ms. Gaffney, an avid member of the Genealogical Society of Watauga County, Boone, North Carolina.

2.75 linear feet (5 manuscript and 1 half-size manuscript boxes)

The Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph consists of a negative of Sarah Louisa Shull's photograph and a digital reproduction of this photograph as well as a two page description of Shull.  Sarah Louisa Shull (1833-1932) was a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. She is best known for her affair with David Colvert "Colb" McCanles, who was killed by James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok in 1861.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)