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 consists of an unsigned contract to build a Primitive Baptist church house at Cross Roads (state unknown). The specifications are very detailed and exact, dated February 11, 1899.

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This collection is a blueprint of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, Proposed Schemes for the Retiral of Gillies Creek Trestle in Richmond, Virginia, dated February 11, 1933.

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This is a collection of papers by R.W. Baker on Lost River State Park and some correspondence on his paper's circulation to several people. It is dated 1934-1938.

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The collection contains photographs of Baby, a sugar maple tree purported to be the largest and oldest tree in Boone and, possibly, the oldest tree in the State of North Carolina.

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Randolph Avenue Overhead (Elkins, WV) Blueprints consist of sixteen 24" x 36" blueprint sheets for the Randolph Avenue Overhead on US 250 and 219 about the Western Maryland Railway in Elkins, West Virginia. This collection illustrates the engineering practices of 1930s West Virginia. Six blueprints show span details, three show pier details while seven show pilings, girders and general plan.

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The Reverend Doctor Goodridge Wilson Papers is a collection of Dr. Wilson's correspondence and research of several Virginia counties' history, along with a bibliography of his library and several black and white photos of the area and local people.

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Rollin Chemical Company Ledger is a bound ledger of typed copies of land surveys and land transfers within southern Charleston, West Virginia dating from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. Leo Loeb, an attorney, created the ledger to prove the Rollin Chemical Company, Inc. had a clear title to the land.

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