Native Americans


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about Native Americans, primarily in the Appalachian region. For additional resources, also see the guide on Ethnicity and Race. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This is a collection of three handwritten record books filled with early American historical facts about presidents, states, especially Virginia and West Virginia, Native Americans, and a myriad of other topics.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

The Indian Lore Collection consists of hand-drawn pictures of clothing, equipment and housing of American Indians. The author, Harold C. White, focused on Plains Indians life.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

In 1832, Isaac Foster wrote a letter to his son Whitley Foster, who had recently moved to Milledgeville, Georgia from his family's home in Chatham, Connecticut. In the letter, the senior Foster offers his opinion on the Cherokee removal from their homeland, South Carolina's possible secession, provides family news and offers his son advice. This letter contains paragraph discussing opinion of Cherokee removal being unjust and paragraph discussing South Carolina's circa 1832 threats to secede from the United States.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

John Ross Correspondence contains one document from John Ross to National Treasurer Lewis Ross to pay William Campbell for teaching. 

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

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)

Munsey Poole Collection consists of a typed copy of the story of Caty Sage, a Virginia Colonial era American Indian.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)