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

The Mountain Retreat Association prospectus, titled "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky,'" outlines a plan for a Christian community (now known as Montreat) near Black Mountain, N.C. The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Natural Bridge Stereograph is a 3.5" x 7" stereoscopic photograph intended for use with a stereoscope or stereo card viewer. The caption, "One of Nature's curious structures-the famous Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia," appears in the card's lower right corner.

0.01 linear feet (1 stereograph)

The Oldest Mountains Stamp includes the Greetings From America stamp sheet. Only the Appalachian stamp remains in place.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The small collection's lists offer the researcher of Pearl S. Buck's works a good beginning point, giving publisher and year of publication in most cases.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rufus E. Cox Diary of Travels and Employment collection is a tiny 2-1/2x 4 red pocket diary that documents Mr. Cox's travels over much of the eastern United States, and gives his accounts of his myriad of jobs.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Rules and Regulations of the Navigation Company of Coal River consists of the poster of the Rules and Regulations of the Navigation Company of Coal River and William H. Dean's "Steamboat Whistles on the Coal" from West Virginia History, which details the history of the Navigation Company of Coal River.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Ruth Spence Souvenir Hat collection consists of a tan beanie-type cap with '09 S.C. embroidered in brown, with the name of Ruth Spence handwritten inside.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)