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

The Jack Jeffers Photography Collection contains over 700 matted photographic prints, many framed, of the Appalachian region. The majority of photographs were taken in Virginia and West Virginia.

112.75 linear feet (34 oversize boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 67 matted photographs, 160 framed photographs, 2 baskets)

This two-paged oral history interview of Jack Neilson gives a young man's perspective of summer camps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching as a national treasure, the Blue Ridge Parkway, was being constructed in the late 1940's.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Jack Wilson Coffey Collection of Deeds and Legal Documents contains 17 land deeds of North Carolina land deals and 16 other legal documents, including Confederate Army papers and receipts, dating back to 1793, including some original land grants with surveys.

1.5 linear feet (1 flat oversize box)

This land grant is to James B. Bentley from Arthur I. Boreman, Governor of the State of West Virginia, with a survey description for 175 acres in McDowell County, dated June 10, 1868.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This collection is a 12x14 parchment land deed with survey for 13 acres from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia Littleton Waller Tazewell to John Christian, dated September 20, 1834.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The John Gwinn Papers is a collection of receipts, loan notes, purchase lists, land deals, deeds, and lawsuits, and estate papers, dating 1866-1868. John Gwinn was a Justice of the Peace in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box)

The John W. Hodges Papers are a collection of various legal materials, primarily Watauga County, North Carolina deeds. Many items related to the Hodges family of Watauga County are also included.

2.25 linear feet (1 oversize box, 1 half-sized manuscript box)