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

Lou Crabtree, a native of Washington County, Virginia, was an Appalachian teacher, poet, and writer. The records within this collection include personal materials, publications, news clippings, photographs, and recordings which pertain to Crabtree's life and writings.

0.5 linear feet (One manuscript box)

The Lula Vollmer Papers include a laminated newspaper articles on her play, Sun-Up and correspondence between Ms. Vollmer and Mrs. Thomas Chesbrough of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Margaret Ray Folger Folk Ballads Collection is a collection of original and copied ballads, songs, and poetry (circa 1900) of southern Appalachia, along with correspondence with and 1976 presentation notes, audiovisual recordings, and slides of Dr. Doc Abrams.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The collection includes drafts of Learning to Fly: A Writer's Memoir by Mary Lee Settle. The memoir continues Settle's story begun in Addie (1998) and follows the writer through her experiences in World War II and the postwar literary scene. These are copies of the manuscript pages from Mary Lee Settle given to her editor after her death.

0.25 linear feet 3 folders

The Mary Jane Putzel Papers contains original fiction stories by/about Putzel, drafts and edits of stories, hand-drawn pictures, several color photos, a scrapbook of mostly newspaper clippings, and a few audiovisual materials.

2.0 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection of letters to Miss Ellwood Anderson (later Mrs. C.F. Hawkins) is dated from 1925 to 1938, with some dates illegible or non-existent. Most letters are accompanied by their respective envelopes.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder containing 20 letters, some with accompanying envelopes)

The Monroe Thomas Collection includes photocopied documents sent to Cratis Williams and Carl Ross about Monroe Thomas as well as materials generated from the play, "The Gentle Giant of Kona: A Story of Monroe Thomas," in which the two men participated in group discussions.

0.25 linear feet (3 folders)