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 is a letter from James Larkin Pearson of Wilkes County, North Carolina to Dr. Lincoln Lorenz of Greensboro, North Carolina conversing about poetry, Dr. Lorenz's latest book, and the publication of Pearson's book of poetry by Ingram Book Company of Nashville, Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains three papers of James Roberts Gilmore, who is more well-known under his nom de plume, Edmund Kirke. Two of the letters tell of his availability for lectures in 1863 in New York City and in Chicago. Another gives his autographs as Gilmore and Kirke.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Jerry Wayne Williamson Papers consists of materials generated from Williamson's research on film depictions of "hillbillies" and of video recordings of various Appalachian Studies scholars.

9.5 linear feet (19 boxes)

The Jesse Stuart Collection consists of documents from the Jesse Stuart Foundation. These include the foundation's 1986 membership print, "The Thread that Runs So True," and corresponding brochure and letter, as well as several book covers.

4.0 linear feet (1 oversize folder, 1 oversize box)

This collection consists of 3 color photos of Joe Miller, taken by Debbie Devita in 1994 and 1996, and a brochure of Miller's one-man play about Vincent Van Gogh.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 folder in cold storage)

The John Andrew Rice, Jr. Papers contain the literary remains and personal papers of John Rice, founder of Black Mountain College. The collection includes materials relating to the founding and early years of Black Mountain College.

7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)

This collection of poetry appears to be original poems by John Campbell Palmer, Jr. of Wheeling, West Virginia, dated between 1904 to 1940, printed in four volumes.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)