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

Manuscript Collections

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)

The Appalachian Regional Brochure Collection is a collection of brochures of attractions located throughout the Appalachian Regional Commission-defined counties and the Appalachian Trail states. The collection covers historical sites and tourist attractions. Brochures currently cover the following states: Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. This collection provides insight into the promotion of tourism in the Appalachian region as well as describing the actual sites themselves.

9.5 linear feet (19 manuscript boxes)

The Appalachian Regional Ephemera Collection contains flyers, posters, postcards, brochures, travel guides, booklets, programs, and other ephemera from Appalachian towns or with Appalachian themes. There are real estate booklets with northwestern North Carolina houses for sale, as well as brochures of businesses, museums, and tourist attractions of Appalachia.

22.0 linear feet (25 manuscript boxes, 2 shoeboxes, 4 oversize flat boxes, 1 folder in Cold Storage)

This small collection is a 1932 brochure about the Bailey Mineral Springs located near Asheville, North Carolina. The brochure includes testimonials from people using the mineral water as to how it helped or cured their various ailments, and it includes a mineral analysis of the water.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Blue Ridge Parkway Association Records originate from an organization of small and large businesses focused on tourism along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The organization advertizes the businesses, produced brochures and a newsletter called the 'Mile Post', and marketed the Blue Ridge Parkway. It also worked to complete the Blue Ridge Parkway's link.

7.5 linear feet (13 archival boxes and 1 flat box)

Choice's Hotel Receipt includes one receipt to Mrs. Ranson and Dr. Thorp for a 4 day stay at Choice's Hotel of Dalohnega, Georgia in 1842.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This Cloudland Park Club collection of papers speaks of the Park that existed on Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Georgia in the early to mid-1920s. A map of the subdivision and four descriptive postcards, as well as other information, are included. Materials are fragile, but in fair condition

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)