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 unusual collection includes the abbreviated, pictorial history of Charles Town, West Virginia in an actual walnut shell, produced by Trio Novelty Company in 1900.

0.5 linear feet (1 small flat box)

This letter from Charlie Goins to Perry, circa 1950, speaks of a transaction for a paper or book for $2.00. Handwritten in blue ink, very good condition.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Chattanooga Times Accounts Journal is an expense/payment ledger for the newspaper Chattanooga Times for 1900-1903.

2.0 linear feet (1 large flat book box)

This collection includes one newspaper Cherokee Advocate written in both Cherokee and English language, two copies of Cherokee Phoenix, Vol. 1 No. 12, two photocopies of articles 1832 and 1833 from Niles' Register, and a guide of an audiocassette (not in this collection) Sound of Cherokee sounding out the Cherokee alphabet.

2.0 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

Materials in the Cratis D. Williams Papers cover the professional and private life of scholar and professor Cratis Williams, his studies in Appalachian literature, folklore and ballads, and the Appalachian Consoritum. The collection consists of materials related to Williams' work at Appalachian State University, academic and genealogical research, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings of folksongs and lectures, one VHS tape, two reels of microfilm, slides, and family memorabilia.

70 linear feet (140 boxes)

The David Mielke Papers includes correspondence, student papers, presentations, and interviews primarily relating to the courses Mielke taught while a professor at Appalachian State University.

1.0 linear feet (2 half-sized manuscript boxes and 1 audiocassette box)

The Debra B. McMillan Papers consist mostly of correspondence about Debra B. McMillan's book about Fairmont, her research for an alumnus on his family and early Fairmont, and a couple of pictures of early Fairmont and its architecture.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)