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

The Charles Vess Autographed Illustration Posters is a collection of five oversized illustrations that were probably used in books or in bookstores, and autographed by the artist, dating 1988 to 2001.

1.0 linear foot (1 flat box)

The owner of the items composing this collection could not be identified. There is a name of "Lyndall Silman" on one portion of paper. Several mementos are glued onto black scrapbook paper. Dates of November 2, 1924 and October 4, 1924, and January 11, 1925 are on 3 separate mementos.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a cartoon from an old magazine or newspaper featuring Dan Holly with a whip and a woman named Jade.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The F. Whitney Jones Papers consists of Dr. Jones' work with Black Mountain College and the Jargon Society, including correspondence with Jargon's founder, Jonathan Williams, and several of its authors, artists, and their works and events. Several manuscripts and poems are also included.

19 linear feet (22 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 3 shoeboxes, 2 CD boxes)

The collection contains 14 illustrations by Fred and Dorothy Delp. Dr. Fred Delp was a dentist from Rural Retreat, Virginia. The images are mainly of rural and small town life. Several of the drawings were used for James Pickett's Bit of Sunshine, published 1928. The drawings are in charcoal, ink, watercolor, and pencil.

3.5 linear feet (1 large flat box)

This poem or writing on a card describes the artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, sent to George at Christmas by a person whose signature cannot be read.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Indian Lore Collection consists of hand-drawn pictures of clothing, equipment and housing of American Indians. The author, Harold C. White, focused on Plains Indians life.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)