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

The Thomas Reese Railroad and Printing Collection contains information about trains, the printing industry, and Thomas Reese, president of Hickory Printing Group and an avid railroad enthusiast. Highlights of the collection include the train photographs, railroad time tables, and printing equipment as well as correspondence regarding the printing industry in relation to railroad companies.

55 linear feet (60 boxes, 3 photograph boxes, 10 record cartons, 2 oversize manuscript boxes, 5 flat file boxes, 11 framed photographs/art)

This collection consists of one typed advertisement page for the sale of an engine, boiler, saw mill, equipment, etc. of the late W.H. Haynes of Morristown, Tennessee on November 15, 1906.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Westcott and Trenchard Lumber Co. Document consists of one 1911 letter from Westcott and Trenchard Lumber Co. of Gumberry, North Carolina to W.L. Cates of Gumberry, North Carolina. It is written on business letterhead.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)