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

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)

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)

Bingham Family Papers relates to the family of Joseph Terry Bingham of the Pine Run area of Watauga County, North Carolina. The documents primarily consist of deeds and also include accounts, letters, and Joseph Bingham's commission to as a postmaster. Some materials were generated by Bingham's father-in-law David Lewis.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Birmingham (Ala.) Ledger of Plat Maps is a bound cloth print ledger of Birmingham, Alabama's roadways, railways, waterways, and major land owners from circa 1910.

2 linear feet (1 box)

This is a letter from Camden Sommers, Clarksburg, West Virginia, on 'The County Mail and Advertiser' letterhead to Robert M. Ramsburg, Frederick City, MD, dated November 18, 1897.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The records of the Center for Appalachian Studies, located at Appalachian State University, gives some history of the Center, its functions, its projects, and key people in its operations. The Center's records gives evidence of the activities that seek to encourage to study and invest in the region and its social, economic, and cultural development.

19.0 linear feet (31 manuscript boxes, 3 half-size manuscript, 2 shoeboxes, 1 small and 1 medium flats)

This collection is a handwritten deed of 150 acres in Logan County, Virginia granted to Christian Cline from Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Joseph Johnson, November 1, 1855.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)