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

Harold Warren Manuscript contains the draft and manuscript of "A Right Good People..." by Warren. Warren based "A Right Good People..." on interviews of residents of northwestern North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Henry D. Shapiro Papers contains an early manuscript of Appalachia on our mind: the Southern mountains and mountaineers in the American consciousness, 1870-1920. Also contains correspondence and academic articles related to Shapiro's research on Appalachian identity and missionary workers in the Appalachian Region.

Henry Shapiro was an early Appalachian Studies scholar who helped expand understanding of the Appalachian stereotype and the mission movement's role in its development.

7 linear feet (3.5 boxes)

This small collection consists of a typed manuscript by Horace Kephart entitled Mr. Pinwell Breaks Jail. Copied on front and back of pages.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Created in the early 1990's, the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series brings a series of artists, poets, and authors from around the country to Appalachian State University's campus every year. This collection contains the records of the Visiting Writer's Series from its inception, as they were maintained by coordinator, Susan Weinberg.

23.0 linear feet (14 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 18 VHS boxes, 1flat oversize box, 3 mini-cassette boxes, 3 large CD boxes and 1 small CD box)

Ina and John Van Noppen were professors of History and English, respectively, at Appalachian State Teachers College from 1947 to 1972. This collection contains drafts of six books individually or jointly by the professors as well as research notes, research papers from past students, personal records and correspondence, and other items of personal and historical significance. A significant portion of the materials pertain to western North Carolina and the southern United States.

21.75 linear feet (31 boxes, 1 records carton, 5 oversize folders)

This collection includes CD copies and print transcription of an interview by Matt Coyne, University of Notre Dame graduate, of Donald Seacrest and Rod T. Smith, both graduates of Appalachian State University, at the Barnes and Noble Store in Roanoke, Virginia in 2010.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This single-item collection is a poem, Scattering the Prouad in the Imagination of Their Hearts by James B. Goode, 2002. It is based 1 Corinthians 13:13.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)