This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about organizations, 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

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)

The National Railway Historical Society Papers is a collection of a commemorative postcard of the last day of the Roanoke, Virginia Convention of the Society, September 5, 1977, with its special postmarks and railroad stamps.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection of informational materials on the Northwest North Carolina Development Association and entry forms for its recognition program. One undated form also is asking for community input on the proposed direction for the Association.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of photographs and information found in a promotional fundraising packet from Pearl S. Buck Foundation, Inc. from Perkasie, Pennsylvania in 1991.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is comprised of brochures and papers describing the Second Union of the Melungeons at Clinch Valley College, Wise, Virginia on July 9-12, 1998. Also included are four black & white maps of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties plus a map of Southwest Virginia.

One folder located in ASCS Box 17.11 on A52.1.4 and the oversize folder is in ACSC OVERSIZE Box 1 on A52.1.5

This is a collection of eight audiocassettes from the 1982 Southern Anthropological Society conference, featuring speakers on topics of Appalachia.

0.5 linear feet (1 CD shoebox)

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association Records (SAHA) include SAHA's administrative papers, correspondence, brochures, souvenir programs, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and films relating to the organization, regional history, and the play, "Horn in the West." Also included are materials relating to the establishment of Daniel Boone Native Gardens, the Daniel Boone, Overmountain, and Buffalo Trails, research into Appalachian people and culture, Daniel Boone and his descendants, other productions at the Powderhorn Theater and Daniel Boone Amphitheater, and materials relating to Hickory Ridge Homestead and the museum's holdings.

58.75 linear feet (82 boxes)