This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about literature, 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

"Archetypes and Stereotypes of Appalachia Literature/Culture: An Inquiry and Discussion" consists of Robert "Jack" Higgs' eight typed page syllabus for an Appalachian Writers Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School. This collections provides insight into Appalachian Writers Workshop organizers' practices and approach.

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"Politics Pays" Collection contains faxed photocopies of newspaper clippings about plays by Lenoir Rhyne College students. Included is "Politics Pays", a play by Theodosia Watson. "Politics Pays" was by Theodosia Watson, a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. It is a love story and illustrates the Appalachian political party machine as Watson viewed it.

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"The Masterpiece" is Mrs. Echol Trusley's undated two page description of Louise Fletcher's work at the Norton Good Will Center, a mission of the Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia in Norton, Virginia. This brief document describes the Progressive women's mission work in the Virginian mountains.

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"The West Virginia Hills" Song is a laminated 1996 broadside of Reverend David King's 1879 "The West Virginia Hills", with Robert Tuckwiller's mountain scene as a backdrop.

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"We Have Some Writers" is one sheet printing of Phyllis Wilson Moore's "We Have Some Writers" as it appeared in Traditions: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Education Awareness. Volume 3, No. 1, Winter-Spring 1995. Phyllis Wilson Moore is one of West Virginia's turn of the twentieth century literary figures.

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This collection is a variety of papers from the conference, A Consultation on Creative Writing in the Appalachians held in Berea, Kentucky, July 1959.

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The collection consists of one copy of Robert Schenkkan's The Kentucky Cycle: A Nightmare Comes to the Cumberlands by Dr. Anita J. Turpin. It is a review of the dramatic production The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan.

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