This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources that include maps, primarily of the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

New River Map (North Edge) is a 16" x 19" undated map of the north edge in an unspecified region of the New River.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This one-item collection consists of one map of a tract of land lying between the Elk and Gauley Rivers in Nicholas County, West Virginia. It was surveyed for a court case in 1849. It is badly torn, very delicate.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

The Paul A. Rockwell Manuscript is a manuscript of a speech about maps, particularly from North Carolina. The speech was presented before the Western North Carolina Historical Association on October 27, 1956. Rockwell sent the manuscript to the Appalachian State Teachers College Library.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a blueprint of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company, Proposed Schemes for the Retiral of Gillies Creek Trestle in Richmond, Virginia, dated February 11, 1933.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This collection includes a large number of maps and drawings related to railroad infrastructure, trackage rights, industrial sites, and commercial development for numerous railways and companies that operated in the mid atlantic and southern regions.

21.0 linear feet (10 oversize folders, one oversize box, 30 rolled maps)

Ralph Fickel was a rock and ice climber in North Carolina who attended Appalachian State University and served as a guide and teacher to beginner and more advanced climbers. His papers include his climbing journals, notes, and hand-drawn notes as well as correspondence, equipment catalogs, and organizational brochures. His interests in climbing, geography, and military history are represented in this collection.

6.5 linear feet (8 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 2 oversize folders)

Randolph Avenue Overhead (Elkins, WV) Blueprints consist of sixteen 24" x 36" blueprint sheets for the Randolph Avenue Overhead on US 250 and 219 about the Western Maryland Railway in Elkins, West Virginia. This collection illustrates the engineering practices of 1930s West Virginia. Six blueprints show span details, three show pier details while seven show pilings, girders and general plan.

3 feet linear feet (1 oversize folder)