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 Moses Cone Estate Collection is made up chiefly of correspondence concerning the operation of the Moses Cone Estate near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, especially its work in the raising of Shropshire sheep. Estate manager was A. C. Moody, and much of the materials relate to his work.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Mountain Retreat Association prospectus, titled "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky,'" outlines a plan for a Christian community (now known as Montreat) near Black Mountain, N.C. The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Nantahala National Forest Day Books consist of four 3" x 5" day books of H.B. Donaldson, a junior ranger at the Nantahala National Forest, during the 1930s. These diaries contains Donaldson's daily mileage, location, and activities while at the Georgia Camp F-9 of Lakemont, Georgia, which employed CCC employees. He also names of some employees and includes weather descriptions. During this era, Nantahala National Forest was culling their forests.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The National Committee for the New River Records consists of the papers of the National Committee for the New River and its members regarding its successful effort to stop construction of two American Electric Power Company hydroelectric power dams on the New River. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, transcripts of Congressional testimonies and hearings, court filings and miscellaneous information, dated from 1962 to 1976. Historical research materials date to 1912. The materials chronicle the efforts of the National Committee for the New River, the State of North Carolina, Congressional leaders, and others to prevent the American Electric Power Company from proceeding with their dam project.

24.01 linear feet (38 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 1 folder in cold storage, 1 oversize folder)

The Natural Bridge Stereograph is a 3.5" x 7" stereoscopic photograph intended for use with a stereoscope or stereo card viewer. The caption, "One of Nature's curious structures-the famous Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia," appears in the card's lower right corner.

0.01 linear feet (1 stereograph)

This one-item collection consists of one map of a tract of land lying between the Elk and Gauley Rivers in Nicholas County, West Virginia. It was surveyed for a court case in 1849. It is badly torn, very delicate.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

The Norris Dam Photographs consist of two 32" x 8" black and white photographs of Norris Dam, dated 1934. Located in Cove Creek, Tennessee, the dam is on the Clinch River. This photograph depicts construction on March 20, 1934. Heavy equipment, trucks and other construction vehicles, and people at work appear in the image.

3 linear feet (1 oversize folder)