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 Jack Jeffers Photography Collection contains over 700 matted photographic prints, many framed, of the Appalachian region. The majority of photographs were taken in Virginia and West Virginia.

112.75 linear feet (34 oversize boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 67 matted photographs, 160 framed photographs, 2 baskets)

The John Andrew Rice, Jr. Papers contain the literary remains and personal papers of John Rice, founder of Black Mountain College. The collection includes materials relating to the founding and early years of Black Mountain College.

7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)

The Joseph R. Murphy Audiovisual Recordings and Papers primarily consist of the recordings and project files for the 1986 "Doc and Merle" documentary film project on Doc Watson and his son, Merle Watson. Recordings on other subjects, such as the Mount Paran Baptist Church in Deep Gap, North Carolina and the 1992 Campaign for Appalachian, are also included. User copies for the majority of the recordings are available.

28.0 linear feet (18 records boxes, 1 small flat box, 14 CD boxes, 2 manuscript boxes= 35 boxes)

Kenneth Baldwin Artwork consists of approximately fifty charcoal, pastels, and watercolors by Army Sergeant Kenneth Baldwin of Greenville, South Carolina. Baldwin illustrates the peoples and scenery of India, Burma, and China as well as army experiences.

2.0 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box and 1 flat box)

The La Moderne Latrine Corporation Catalog is a handmade book of humor, displaying hand-drawn pictures of several, colorfully described toilet options.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of one 11" x 14" print of Molly Branam's sketch of Ches McCartney. It is labeled "The Goat Man" and signed in charcoal.

0.01 linear feet, (1 oversized folder)

The Monta Vista Memory Gardens Zinc Reverse Print Blocks are two blocks that were used in printing brochures for this cemetery.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium-large flat box)