National Parks


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about national parks, 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

James Thomas Broyhill (August 19, 1927- ), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina. Born in Lenoir, North Carolina to James Edgar and Satie Hunt Broyhill. Elected November 1962 as a Representative to the Eighty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses. Second longest acting Congressman in the history of North Carolina. Resigned as a Representative July 14, 1986 upon appointment to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John East. Served as State Senator from July 14, 1986 to November 10, 1986. Unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate seat in 1986. Served as the Secretary, North Carolina Department of Economic and Community.

535 linear feet (1,132 boxes)

Kelly Bennett (1890-1974) was an active civic leader in the Great Smoky Mountains during the mid-Twentieth Century and served as a local and state elected official for Swain County as well as in many civic organizations such as the Cherokee Historical Association, Inc. and the Western North Carolina Associated Communities. The Kelly Bennett Papers consist of personal correspondence and interests, as well as Bennett's work with various organization dedicated to the development of the parks and roadways of western North Carolina and the Cherokee Historical Association.

12 linear feet (18 manuscript boxes, 1 half-sized, 1 6"x8", 1 lg. flat and 1 med. flat box)

The Mammoth Cave National Park Collection includes a welcome packet to visitors of the park in 1989-1990, containing much park information and maps.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

Nantahala National Forest Day Books consist of four 3" x 5" day books of H.B. Donaldson, a junior ranger at the Nantahala National Forest, during the 1930s. These diaries contains Donaldson's daily mileage, location, and activities while at the Georgia Camp F-9 of Lakemont, Georgia, which employed CCC employees. He also names of some employees and includes weather descriptions. During this era, Nantahala National Forest was culling their forests.

0.25 linear feet (1 box)

The National Committee for the New River Records consists of the papers of the National Committee for the New River and its members regarding its successful effort to stop construction of two American Electric Power Company hydroelectric power dams on the New River. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, transcripts of Congressional testimonies and hearings, court filings and miscellaneous information, dated from 1962 to 1976. Historical research materials date to 1912. The materials chronicle the efforts of the National Committee for the New River, the State of North Carolina, Congressional leaders, and others to prevent the American Electric Power Company from proceeding with their dam project.

24.01 linear feet (38 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 1 folder in cold storage, 1 oversize folder)

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 collection consists of one black and white printed notecard of Swain County High School students feeding cane into a horse-powered press for molasses-making demonstration at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina. It is undated.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)