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 consists of public appeals to help, brochures and pamphlets explaining court cases and defenses, blank petitions, and a typed chronology of the case of the Scottsboro Boys. Materials are dated 1931-1941.

2.01 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records (SAHA) include SAHA's administrative papers, correspondence, brochures, souvenir programs, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and films relating to the organization, regional history, and the play, "Horn in the West." Also included are materials relating to the establishment of Daniel Boone Native Gardens, the Daniel Boone, Overmountain, and Buffalo Trails, research into Appalachian people and culture, Daniel Boone and his descendants, other productions at the Powderhorn Theater and Daniel Boone Amphitheater, and materials relating to Hickory Ridge Homestead and the museum's holdings.

58.75 linear feet (82 boxes)

This collection contains correspondence with poets contracted with Sow's Ear Press to publish their works, entrants of the poetry contest sponsored annually by Sow's Ear, galleys of chapbooks actually published by Sow's Ear, photographs and business correspondence of the company and its people.

8.5 linear feet (8 manuscript, 2 half-sized manuscript, 2 large flat boxes)

The collection contains five short stories by Stanley R. McQueen including: The Point, The Rat, Old Barn Buster, Uncle Fred's Wife, and Whiskey Jim. McQueen is a Kentucky writer specializing in historical fiction.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

This is a collection of research materials gathered by Susan S. Cole on the subject of playwright Romulus Linney and his works.

3.0 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 shoebox, 1 flat box)

The Thomas Merton Photograph contains one 8" x 8" photograph of Thomas Merton standing in a harvested field with Tharsus made by Jonathan Williams.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains two stories by Tony Smith, A Mule in the Cornfield and Dad's Old Home Place.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder