Land and Land Use


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about land and land use, 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

"Summer on Winsome Mountain" consists of one color 14" x 11" photograph titled "Summer on Winsome Mountain." The mountain range shown has been identified as Snake Mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee border looking North. The Peak is at the left center and tree Top is right of center.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

"The West Virginia Hills" Song is a laminated 1996 broadside of Reverend David King's 1879 "The West Virginia Hills", with Robert Tuckwiller's mountain scene as a backdrop.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

A. Chase Ambler Book Collection consists of six bound volumes addressing the early unsuccessful movement to establish of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the turn of the Twentieth Century.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

This is a lease agreement between A.L. Longdon and A.L. Harmon, Watauga County, North Carolina, for "one whte painted house and lot enclosed with a wire fense" for 6 months, dated November 26, 1906.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a single, 16x27.5 double-sided page of deeds of partition and conveyance of lands (other than deeds of trust made to secure the payment of debts) in the county of Alleghany, Virginia during the year 1872.

2.5 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This collection consists of land documents pertaining to the Annie Dobbin- Willet Miller farm in Todd, North Carolina. It includes land surveys and deeds beginning in the mid-19th century outlining the lands which make up the farm.

.75 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box and 1 small oversize box)

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)