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

John Foster West Papers contains the working versions of West's books and his poetry, published works, personal items such as his diplomas and awards, and a framed portrait of him by his daughter, Amy Funderburk.

7.0 linear feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 folder in cold storage, 3 oversize flat boxes, 1 framed artwork)

The John Idol, Jr. Papers contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. John Idol, Jr., a writer and scholar on the lives and works of Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included in the collection are Idol's personal journals and travel diaries, poetry, correspondence, and scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials including ephemera, academic articles, newspaper clippings, and media related to Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

18.0 linear feet (17 manuscript boxes, 3 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small oversize box, 1 CD box 1 large oversize box)

The John Lair Rockcastle Recollection and Other Papers is a collection of research into Rockcastle County, Kentucky families' histories, most of the copied pages and notes bearing the name Jess D. Wilson as author/researcher.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The John Robinson Letters collection consists of two handwritten letters to my dear sweet girl referred to in one of the letters as 'Dot' or Florence, from John Robinson, dating September 12 & 28, 1905.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains two papers written by Sakim J.T. Watauga (known as Joshua Watauga), a peddler in Boone, North Carolina, a non-legal protest deed to land on which he was squatting for over a decade in 2003, and a newspaper clipping dated December 8, 1999 about him.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection of papers, books and keepsakes of Juanita Brown Tobin, 1915-2007, of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Included are her award-winning books of poetry and personal scrapbooks, along with hundreds of original poems and prose by Tobin and other authors.

28 linear feet (21 manuscript, 13 half-manuscript, 3 flats, 3 shoeboxes, 5 records, 1 3' oversize box)

This collection consists of a double-spaced typed manuscript of Under a Southern Sky by Junell N. McQueen.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)