Medicine and Healing


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about medicine and healing, 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 includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

The Ashe County, NC Midwife Collection consists of photocopies of a filed physician's memorandum book of an unknown midwife during the Great Depression. It includes the names of parents, babies, birthdates, parental occupations, and marital status and other demographical information. This collection gives additional genealogical and natal information about Ashe County, North Carolina, which is a rural county.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This small collection is a 1932 brochure about the Bailey Mineral Springs located near Asheville, North Carolina. The brochure includes testimonials from people using the mineral water as to how it helped or cured their various ailments, and it includes a mineral analysis of the water.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a single-item one consisiting of a booklet that states the history and ethical policy for the Buffalo Mineral Water, listing chemicals in samples of water. It is in good condition.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a delicate flyer announcing "Free Chest Examinations" in Radford, Virginia, sponsored by the Radford Tuberculosis Committee, in cooperation with State Board of Health Bureau of Tuberculosis.  Days and places are given; circa 1920.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes an analysis of the Connelly’s spring water found in Connelly Springs, North Carolina, along with two testimonial booklets about the restorative powers of the spring water.

0.01 linear feet (1 envelope)

This collection is a booklet entitled Allegheny Mountains, 1884, with the primary purpose of proclaiming the goodness and restorative attributes of the water from the Cresson Springs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)