Visual Arts


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about the visual arts, 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

"Ashe County Quiet" is a pen and ink scene depicting an Ashe County barn built circa. 1880.

2 linear feet (1 oversized folder)

"Summer on Winsome Mountain" consists of one color 14" x 11" photograph titled "Summer on Winsome Mountain." The mountain range shown has been identified as Snake Mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee border looking North. The Peak is at the left center and tree Top is right of center.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

This collection is four poems by Appalachian poets, Muriel Miller Dressler, Louise Marsh Gabriel, Walter Griffin, and Jesse Stuart. All four are accompanied by drawings, printed on colored papers, with Dressler's being autographed.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Beulah C. Campbell is a retired children’s literature and elementary education professor at Appalachian State University. Her collection includes Campbell's personal files, her collection of original illustrations for children's books, materials related to various authors and illustrators of children's books, administrative files related to Campbell's collection of children's book illustrations, and materials related to a memorial for Reverend Paul Burt, a friend of Campbell.

125 linear feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton, 33 flat boxes, 25 oversized boxes, 2 audio boxes, 1 oversized folder, and one folder in cold storage)

The Boone Community Book is a hand-crafted book with mostly originial comments and artwork relating to the idea of "community" and the authors' interpretations. Included also are community-related newspaper clippings of events and agencies.

0.8 linear feet (1 oversized box)

Brenda Councill Mural in Belk Library and Information Commons DVD consists of a single DVD produced by Dr. Jeff Fletcher and Greg Williams that features Brenda Councill creating the murals in the atrium of the library, circa 2007.

0.5 (1 box)

The Catherine J. Smith Gallery is located in Farthing Auditorium, on the campus of Appalachian State University. It hosts both original and traveling art exhibitions. This collection contains correspondence and other material regarding the organization of exhibitions.

1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)