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 of writings of Della Lee Riley Belt of Kentucky includes "Dialect as it was Spoken in some Areas of the United States", "The Sad Face Man", and "The Spirit of the Hills". Mrs. Riley signed "The Spirit" in 1975.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Derrick Harmon Poetry Collection consists of four titled poems by Derrick Harmon of Blount County, Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection of Doris (Miz M) Martin Gabbard Michael includes black and white photographs and narratives of bits of her life. A original poem and sketches for Miz M’s book are also included.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

This is a collection of three handwritten record books filled with early American historical facts about presidents, states, especially Virginia and West Virginia, Native Americans, and a myriad of other topics.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The Elizabeth Ann Parks Grinton Papers is a collection of a very active teacher, community leader, volunteer, and mentor of young people, Ms. Grinton of Wilkes County, North Carolina.

5.0 linear feet (8 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 box in cold storage)

The Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) Portrait Stories collection contains color copies of twelve handwritten, autobiographical stories with hand-drawn portraits of Elk Knob Community (North Carolina) residents, and copies of them on CD.

0.25 linear feet (1 small CD box, 1 oversize folder)

This collection is a comb-bound booklet of Dr. Estle Pershing Muncy's color photographs and writings, with some copied facts and pictures, sent as a Christmas Seasons Greeting to George Brosky, circa 1987.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)