This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about mining, 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)

This collection contains papers and a stock offer for purchasing stock in the Blue Valley Gem Company, whose agent is Geo.L. McKay & Company in New York, dated 1906.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a letter from Camden Sommers, Clarksburg, West Virginia, on 'The County Mail and Advertiser' letterhead to Robert M. Ramsburg, Frederick City, MD, dated November 18, 1897.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The David Worth Papers includes photographs, letters, newspaper articles, maps, and journal articles about the David Worth family and Creston located in Ashe County, North Carolina. The Worth family were merchants living in western Ashe County, North Carolina.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The Donald Askins Papers on Appalachian Mining Operations collection houses many slides, photographs and maps of the mining operations in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia, with indexes included with the photos and slides.

1.0 linear feet (1 manuscript and 1 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder and 1 folder in Cold Storage)

The Emergency Committee for Strikers' Relief Letter consists of one 1928 letter requesting assistance for strikers in Pennsylvanian mining towns.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Hazleton, Pennsylvania Coal Calculation Ledger contains one ledger with calculations of coal for Hazleton, Pennsylvania lands.  The ledger contains approximately 100 filled pages of statistics of various coal companies with their respective amount of coal mined, exhausted, virgin, thickness, and pillars.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)