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

Public Works and Prosperity with Roosevelt Collection consists of a 1933 broadside entitled, "Public Works and Prosperity with Roosevelt." It announces that McCrary Company will assist towns to apply for federal grants for federally funded public works.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an unpublished draft of Roger Tompkins' The White Nigger book, circa 1989, the year the book was actually published.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rufus Burks Papers collection contains about 100 letters from and to Rufus Burks and family members while he was serving in the US Army. Other folders contain family tax receipts and other receipts and paper pertaining to life in the 1940's.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

This collection consists of public appeals to help, brochures and pamphlets explaining court cases and defenses, blank petitions, and a typed chronology of the case of the Scottsboro Boys. Materials are dated 1931-1941.

2.01 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This Southern Railway System Trip Passes consists of passes issued to various people traveling on the Southern Railway System in different cities, different dates. They date from 1943-1970, some belonging to retired railway employees.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is made up of ten ribbons, some bearing names of parents/sponsors of young ladies to be presented at the Cotillion at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in the years of 1901-1903.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)