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

This collection is a poem written by Al Fritsch, entitled 'Winter Riders'. No other information is given.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Alice Justice Kinder Manuscript contains the proof copies of the novel, The Call of the Kentucky Mountains: A Sequel to Willie-Boy by Alice J. Kinder and her father William M. Justice. Willie-Boy and The Call of the Kentucky Mountains: A Sequel to Willie-Boy was based on an autobiography written by William Justice prior to his death in 1968. Kinder adapted and published it.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Appalachian Journal Records contain drafts of papers submitted for publication in the Appalachian Journal between 1972 and 1988, conference and workshop announcements and papers, posters, articles, and newspapers. The Appalachian Journal is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly featuring field research, interviews, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films, and recordings dealing with the region of the Appalachian mountains. Jerry Wayne Williamson, who donated this collection, served as editor from 1972 until 2000.

13.0 linear feet (7 manuscript boxes, 6 records boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 envelope in Cold Storage)

The Appalachian Literary Society was a club at Appalachian State Teachers College (and predecessor institutions), operating from at least 1912-1937. This collection contains two books of meeting minutes, dated 1905-1912, for the Appalachian Literary Society.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is four poems by Appalachian poets, Muriel Miller Dressler, Louise Marsh Gabriel, Walter Griffin, and Jesse Stuart. All four are accompanied by drawings, printed on colored papers, with Dressler's being autographed.

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The B. Eliot Wigginton Manuscript is a draft of Wigginton's unpublished manuscript describing his experiencial curriculum for school children.

Wigginton is the founder of Foxfire, an innovative collaborative writing public school project in which high students interviewed locals about, researched, and wrote about Appalachian culture. Products include a periodical of the students' papers and a multi-volume collection of them.

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Ballads, Poems and Folklore: History of Yadkin County contains one hand-made book of 41 pages of hand-written ballads, poems and folklore, created by Mildred Sou[?]. It is in delicate condition.This booklet contains 24 items such as Auld Lang Syne, Bonny Barbara Allen, The Wife of Usher's Well, and anecdotes on Yadkin County court trials.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)