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 is a series of letters from the early nineteenth century from James Arnold to New York merchant Daniel Boardman, regarding his land interests in Clarksburg, West Virginia. It contains documents dating July 1803 to July 1824.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

This collection is a report of the Committee concerning the Memorial of Matthew Patterson, published by the United States House of Representatives in 1800. It is in good condition.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Cook Family Land Deeds contain three land deeds dating 1793, 1796, and 1844. The 1793 land deed concerns the land acquisition for the Three Forks Baptist Church in Alexander County; the 1796 land deed is for land in Wilkes County; and the 1844 land deed is for land in Ashe County.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box containing 3 oversize folders, 2 CDs)

The Cornett Family Papers contains historical legal documents, deeds, and receipts from various members of the Cornett Family and others of Grayson County, Virginia and surrounding areas dating prior to, during, and after the Civil War.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

This collection contains articles, correspondence, and descriptions of the trail markers along the Daniel Boone Trail erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Delaware Water Gap Stereograph is a 4.25" x 7" black and white stereoscopic photograph intended for use with a stereoscope or stereo card viewer. This card stereograph, with the caption "View at Promontory," depicts the Delaware River as it cuts across a mountain ridge to form the Delaware Water Gap.

0.01 linear feet (1 stereograph)

The Donald Askins Papers on Appalachian Mining Operations collection houses many slides, photographs and maps of the mining operations in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, with indexes included with the photos and slides.

1.0 linear feet (1 manuscript and 1 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder and 1 folder in Cold Storage)