This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about industry, 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 consists of a 4"x9" color advertisement card for A.S. Nowlin & Company, Coal and Coke, Lynchburg, Virginia. Beside the print, it has a color painting by E. Lamasure called 'Autumn Sunshine', copyright 1914.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Appalachian Land Ownership Survey was a study initiated by the Appalachian Land Ownership Task Force in Fall 1978 to examine land ownership patterns, particularly absentee and corporate ownership, and the resulting effects on regional development. The study participants concluded that a disproportionate amount of land owners were absentee and that corporate owners paid a disproportionately low amount of taxes. Materials address issues such as agriculture, coal mining, housing, land ownership, land usage, and tourism and how they affect the Appalachian Region and its residents.

25.55 linear feet (37 boxes, 1 small shoebox, 1 audiocassette box, 5 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 oversize tubes)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

A trade card for Archibald Picken of Bristol, Tennessee. He was a watchmaker, silversmith, jeweler from London, England. This card illustrates migration patterns into the Appalachian Region as well as advertising of a professional.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a single letter from Arthur Chester Master for G. R. Eager to J. Chamberlain, Esq. dated November 7, 1887. It is an invitation to attend groundbreaking for the Knoxville Southern Road.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of two items from Bluefield, West Virginia. First is a company receipt from W.H. Coffman Coke Company to H.B. Staley of Marion, Virginia dated March 2, 1896. Second is a scenic postcard of Bluefield dated May 20, 1915.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains a ledger with the business records of the Calcium Sulphide Corporation of Damascus, Virginia for the years of April 1930-1938.

1.0 linear feet (1 flat box)