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

The Rebecca Caudill Papers consists of the second through the sixth and final draft of Higgins and the Great Big Scare by children's author Rebecca Caudill. Higgins and the Great Big Scare was published in 1960.

0.03 linear feet (3 folders)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains a copy of Return of an Angel: A Play in Two Acts by Sandra L. Mason. The play is about the life of author Thomas Wolfe and his relationship to his hometown, Asheville, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

This collection is a single, oversize newpaper printed page from the November 24, 1892 Christian Advocate, which is the sermon delivered at Wytheville, Virginia Holston Conference for the M.E. Church, South, October 1892, by Rev. E.E. Wiley, themed Gospel according to Southern Methodism.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This collection includes original poetry and music lyrics by Rev. William Maynard Brown of Boone, North Carolina, written in the 1970s and 1980s, along with a Master reel-to-reel, copied reel-to-reel, and user and archival CD copies of his original "Experimental Gems in God's Work and Great Music."

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

Richard Chase Manuscript consists primarily of the manuscript of American Folk Tales and Songs, by folklorist and storyteller Richard Chase. The collection includes a two-part typed manuscript and various separate parts of the manuscript.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The Richard Chase Papers is a collection of materials on folklorist Richard Chase, who was known especially for mountain tales such as the "Jack Tales." These papers appear to have originated from Dean Trivette, with whom Chase corresponded.

3.5 linear feet (1 box, 1 small shoebox, 1 oversize folder)