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 contains two papers written by Sakim J.T. Watauga (known as Joshua Watauga), a peddler in Boone, North Carolina, a non-legal protest deed to land on which he was squatting for over a decade in 2003, and a newspaper clipping dated December 8, 1999 about him.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Julian C. Yoder Papers includes materials generated for and by Appalachian State Teachers College professor Julian Yoder.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The records cover the production history of the Katuah Journal. Contained within the records are correspondence, publication information, article submissions, and financial information. The editorial layouts for issues 12 through 39 are included as are a full run of the Journal spanning nearly a decade. Also included are photographs of events related to the Journal and a film on the publication.

30.5 linear feet (21 manuscript boxes, 6 flat boxes, 1 large flat box, 1 compact disc box, 1 record box, 1 rolled storage)

Kelly Bennett (1890-1974) was an active civic leader in the Great Smoky Mountains during the mid-Twentieth Century and served as a local and state elected official for Swain County as well as in many civic organizations such as the Cherokee Historical Association, Inc. and the Western North Carolina Associated Communities. The Kelly Bennett Papers consist of personal correspondence and interests, as well as Bennett's work with various organization dedicated to the development of the parks and roadways of western North Carolina and the Cherokee Historical Association.

12 linear feet (18 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized, 1 6"x8", 1 lg. flat and 1 med. flat box)

Thee collection consists of one document, a broadside which outlines a plan to develop Fountain City near Knoxville, Tennessee, and to establish the Holbrook Normal College under the guidance of "Prof. Holbrook" in Fountain City.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

L. H. Cook Farm Map is a 17" x 26 1/2" blueprint map of L.H. Cook's farm in Buchanan District of Botetourt County, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The L.P. Summers Letters consists of one 1932 letter from L.P. Summers, a lawyer from Abindon, Virginia, to Adlai [no surname listed].

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)