Social Conditions


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about social conditions, such as poverty, mental health, and homelessness. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

Fireman's Trip Sheets contains three fireman trip ledgers from C.B. Stinson of Smithfield, Pennsylvania, dated 1925 to 1926 and 1949.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is Folklife Resource sheets of fieldwork conducted 1985-1986 by Doug DeNatale and Mary Cenne Mcdonald of skills of people in the area. Not all forms are filled in completely.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

The Highlander Center Records contains information about the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee as well as materials related to the Appalachian region, mostly gathered for a land study in the early 1980s. Also included are articles, papers, legislation information, and other materials about coal mining and other natural resource utilization and abuse.

86.25 linear feet (83 boxes)

This two-paged oral history interview of Jack Neilson gives a young man's perspective of summer camps in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching as a national treasure, the Blue Ridge Parkway, was being constructed in the late 1940's.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains correspondence of James Sweet regarding a 1930s birth control study in Watauga County, North Carolina conducted by Lena Gilliam Hilliard, copies of related birth control articles, Sweet's handwritten notes, and an interview questionnaire filled out by Hilliard's husband, Ernest Hilliard.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

James Thomas Broyhill (August 19, 1927- ), a Representative and a Senator from North Carolina. Born in Lenoir, North Carolina to James Edgar and Satie Hunt Broyhill. Elected November 1962 as a Representative to the Eighty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses. Second longest acting Congressman in the history of North Carolina. Resigned as a Representative July 14, 1986 upon appointment to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John East. Served as State Senator from July 14, 1986 to November 10, 1986. Unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate seat in 1986. Served as the Secretary, North Carolina Department of Economic and Community.

535 linear feet (1,132 boxes)

The John Gaventa Papers consist of the papers and research materials of political sociologist John Gaventa. This includes research materials concerning coal mining in Appalachia and Wales and the economic and environmental effects of mining on these regions as well as materials concerning the American Association Limited and Sir Denys Lowson. It also includes correspondence, journals and calendars, publications and papers written by Gaventa, interview transcripts, photographs, and audiocassette tapes and a VHS tape of speeches given by Gaventa.

11.0 linear feet (16 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 audiocassette box)