This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about railroads, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

"Many a Man's Been Murdered by the Rail Road" Song is a four page manuscript of a West Virginia railroad ballad.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an invitation to celebrate the completion of the Alabama and Tennessee River Railroad to the Hundred Mile Station by giving a Public Dinner in Talladega County, Alabama, addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Sy Henderson of Winchester, Tennessee.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes records for the Appalachian Oral History Project, a combined effort of Appalachian State University, Alice Lloyd College, Emory and Henry College, and Lees Junior College to document oral histories of the history and folklore of the central Appalachian region. Materials in this collection consist of interviews and records generated by Appalachian State University interviewers between 1973 and 1975. Records include audio interviews, administrative files, photographs, and video.

28.5 linear feet (59 boxes)

This collection consists of three copies of a summons to the company by the Commonwealth of Virginia in April 1855 signed by James D. Morris, and a copy of a page from a Court of Appeals of the Supreme Court of West Virginia in the case of the Railroad versus Charles J. Faulkner, no date given. Also, nine Exchange Trip Passes and two Statements of Earnings and Deductions, 1977 and 1979.

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)

The Centennial of the Joining of the Eastern and Western Parts of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Track as a Continuous Railroad contains a flyer advertisement and three newspaper articles about the joining of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad track, all dated December 1952. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad track ran continuously from Baltimore, Maryland to Wheeling, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Chessie-Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Safety Posters and Papers includes assorted blank railroad forms, three multi-sized calendars dating 1982, 1984, and 1986, and a variety of safety posters from 1985-1986.

0.3 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)