Performing Arts


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the performing arts, including theater, dance, and musical performances. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

This collection consists of copies of the Mountain State Story radio program scripts numbers one-A through sixty-B, and a letter to Mrs. Omer Arnold who requested the scripts from C.A. Linn, undated.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a letter from James T. Williams, Jr. to Mrs. L. Kemp, dated July 8, 1937, concerning scheduling a concert of the Norfolk & Western Male Chorus in Abingdon, Virginia. Also included is a copy of newspaper article Dated April 19, 1939 advertising the chorus's concert in Roanoke, Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection contains a copy of Return of an Angel: A Play in Two Acts by Sandra L. Mason. The play is about the life of author Thomas Wolfe and his relationship to his hometown, Asheville, North Carolina.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

Romulus Linney was an award-winning playwright and novelist who often wrote about the Appalachian Mountains of his childhood. His papers include manuscripts of his novels and plays, personal and professional correspondence, theater programs and playbills, and production photographs and posters, among other materials.

40 linear feet (106 boxes, 7 oversized drawers)

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)

This collection is a postcard dated November 26, 1906 to Miss Janie Alley, Bristol, Tennessee. The back is an invitation to a play in Abingdon, Virginia by Alpha Beta Phi Society of Stonewall Jackson Institute.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a collection of research materials gathered by Susan S. Cole on the subject of playwright Romulus Linney and his works.

3.0 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 shoebox, 1 flat box)