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 is an edited version of Rita Sims Quillen's book of poetry, "Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry", which was published in 1989.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains a manuscript of Prose Poems from Blane Bottom by Robert Elkins.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

This collection is an unpublished draft of Roger Tompkins' The White Nigger book, circa 1989, the year the book was actually published.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

Romulus Linney was an award-winning playwright and novelist who often wrote about the Appalachian Mountains of his childhood. His papers include manuscripts of his novels and plays, personal and professional correspondence, theater programs and playbills, and production photographs and posters, among other materials.

40 linear feet (106 boxes, 7 oversized drawers)

The collection contains a postcard of Ron Rash's poem "Good Friday, 1995, Driving Westward". It was published by Iris Publishing Group for the occasion of the induction of Ron Rash into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of Ruth Caudill Warren consists of 21 photocopied, handwritten folk songs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes handwritten and typed poems, some with S.G.S as author, one Christmas card with S.G.S. poem, one Christmas card from Katherine Glass Greene, a birth announcement, a letter to Curtis from W.B. Woodford Hackley, and some genealogical information.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)