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

One promotional brochure of Signal Mountain Hotel in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, near Chattanooga, circa 1922, makes up this collection. The brochure describes the natural beauty of the mountain area, how close Signal Mountain is to Chattanooga, and that the hotel is "absolutely fire proof".

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of color photos of the Boone Golf Club, plans of the history of and proposed adaptation of the hotel into a southern cultural center, and 3 color photos of the demolition of the Daniel Boone Hotel in 1983. There are also two editions of the Blowing Rock 'Sun Down Times' from 1979. All were donated by Suzanne Wise, a faculty member of Appalachian State University.

1.51 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection includes an original booklet about The Mimosa, a grand mansion in the Pacolet Valley near Tryon, North Carolina, which served as an inn/resort in the early twentieth century. There are also several original and photocopied newspaper articles and auction ads about The Mimosa, dated 1971-1977.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Virginia Cascade Stereograph is a 3.5" x 7" stereoscopic photograph intended for use with a stereoscope or stereo card viewer. This image depicts two men standing on rocks in a pool at the bottom of a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. The caption "Virginia Cascades" appears beneath the image on the right.

0.01 linear feet (1 stereograph)

A photograph album detailing a road trip of two women made through western North Carolina circa 1920s. The tour started at Black Mountain proceeded to Mount Mitchell, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure before returning back to Black Mountain. Scenes include farms, roadways, Mount Mitchell, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, and the town of Black Mountain.

0.5 linear feet (1 medium flat box)