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

The Marguerite Estep Carson Collection includes one reel-to-reel cassette, one audiocassette, and user and archival copies of Marguerite Carson's slide show about gravestones in the Appalachian region, as well as several articles about her and correspondence about her manuscript, "What Say'd These Stones?"

0.25 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box)

This collection is a scrapbook on newsprint pad of newspaper clippings on the mineral, gas and oil companies' efforts to obtain mining rights/leases on land in Western North Carolina in the late 1970s-1982. Clippings date 1970-1982 and come from several different newspapers about various companies contacting residents for these leases. There is also a handwritten list of some of the clippings in a folder within the box.

1.5 linear feet (1 oversize box)

This collection is a bill to Overseers of the Poor of Berkeley County (West Virginia) from Bailes & Mcintire for the building of a building with an out house. The bill has entries from August 1, 1850 to payment April 18, 1851. The paper is in good condition and very legible.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Patricia Duane Beaver Papers contain a wealth of information about the conferences she attended, research on Appalachia, some family and personal mementos of travels as well as books, journals and oral histories relating to Appalachian Studies.

60.0 linear feet (67 manuscript boxes, 11 CD boxes, 20 shoe box, 4 oversize flat boxes, 3 small manuscript boxes, 1 half-manuscript in Cold Storage, one oversize folder)

The Paul M. Fink Papers contains a collection of materials related to East Tennessee, primarily Jonesborough and Washington County. Some papers were generated by residents of the State of Franklin. Other documents include court documents, slave emancipation and other slave records, school documents, autographs, and histories of Washington County, Tennessee.

2.76 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 cold storage envelope, 1 oversize 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)

The Pedro T. Slone Papers includes two original manuscripts by Slone, a genealogy paper The Way of Life in Turner's Creek Valley Sixty Years Ago and Historical Sketch of Ferrum, Virginia, along with a letter from Slone's son who donated the manuscripts.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)