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 is a single item, an announcement of an opening land sale in New England City, Georgia on April 15, 1890 by T.A. Frierson, Auctioneer. Describes amenities of the town and area, urging investment.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of three laminated pages of land sales and information about Lincolnton Academy, in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They are dated 1832, 1869 and 1872.

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This collection consists of two small ledgers with George Blyfeld Foulks' name on the inside. One is entitled 'Price of Lots, Linville, 1890' and the other, 'Mem. of Sales at Linville'. There are also two copies of a mape of Linville Company's Lots for Sale, with sold lots marked.

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Little Sugar Chronicles contains a collection of eight newspaper articles about Little Sugar Mountain near Banner Elk, North Carolina, including the Ridgetop Ban Law.

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This 11" x 17" map shows the proposed subdivision of a 3.6 acre area into 24 smaller lots (approximately 50' x 130') on property owned by C.J. French and Mrs. J.B. Givens in Giles County, Virginia.

1 item (1 oversize folder)

This collection is a scrapbook on newsprint pad of newspaper clippings on the mineral, gas and oil companies' efforts to obtain mining rights/leases on land in Western North Carolina in the late 1970s-1982. Clippings date 1970-1982 and come from several different newspapers about various companies contacting residents for these leases. There is also a handwritten list of some of the clippings in a folder within the box.

1.5 linear feet (1 oversize box)

This collection consists of six handwritten, very delicate and fragile lists of real estate properties with owners' names, number of acres, location of properties, and amount of tax owed per year on said properties. One lists lands and lots returned as Delinquent in the County of Morgan and the other list with names is one of lands and lots which were certified for sale in 1840 to the Sheriff of Morgan County, but which were not sold by him, shewing the amount due upon each tract up to that year. Years listed are 1840 to 1845.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)