This guide includes secondary source resources about photographs, primarily in the Appalachian region, and manuscript collections (primary sources) that include photographs. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

Boyden Carpenter Photograph is a photograph of Boyden Carpenter with his guitar and a "The 'Hill Billy' from Alleghany County" guitar case.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The C and O Railroad Photographs consist of 17 8 x 10" duplicated photographs of the C and O Railroad. Images date from 1898 to 1929

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a CD of scanned black and white photographs digitally joined to make a panorama photograph of the employees of Caldwell Furniture Company, Lenoir, North Carolina in 1938. There is also an archival copy of the photographs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)

Camp Yonahlossee was a summer camp for young women founded in 1922. The camp operated until the late 1980s. This collection features materials related to camp life, administration, and history. There are extensive photographs and scrapbooks which illustrate the experience of Camp Yonahlossee from its earliest years in the 1920s until its close in the 1980s.

14.0 linear feet [13 boxes]

The Carl Ross Papers is a collection of Carl Ross' academic research and students papers, predominantly from his classes on Appalachian Culture and History. The collection includes extensive materials on the history and architecture of the Brinegar Cabin located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also a number of materials related to Dr. Ross' passion for the Civil War and living history programs. A bulk of the collection is centered around Ross' interest in Appalachian Studies and his work in documenting the history of the region.

13.25 linear feet (17 record boxes, 3 half sized, 1 small oversize, 3 overzsize folders)

This collection consists of black & white photographs by Carol Oliff of people and places around Meat Camp, Watauga County, North Carolina while she was attending Appalachian State University in 1977. Most photos have a description and date on backs. Also in Cold Storage are 11 color slides of scenery in Watauga County.

0.02 linear feet (1 folder, 1 folder in cold storage)