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 Sketches of Early Watauga collection contains 20 original sketches by Dr. Margaret 'Peggy' Polson of Watauga County, North Carolina. The sketches depict early homes, businesses, and scenes, all dated 1972 and published in 1973.

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This collection consists of one manuscript, author unknown, entitled Penland School of Handicrafts, dating 1949, giving facts and history of the school and its people.

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This collection contains architectural renditions and black and white photographs of commercial buildings, schools, churches, and homes by the company Stanhope S. Johnson and R.O. Brannan Architects of Lynchburg, Virginia. Most are unidentified and undated.

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This collection is a postcard dated November 26, 1906 to Miss Janie Alley, Bristol, Tennessee. The back is an invitation to a play in Abingdon, Virginia by Alpha Beta Phi Society of Stonewall Jackson Institute.

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This is an Air Mail envelope with a green stamp of mid-Atlantic states and postmarked on front in Huntington, West Virginia November 3, 1952, and on back there are postmarks from Cincinnati, Ohio, November 3, 1953 and Honolulu, Hawaii, November 5, 1952. Signed by Ray (Roy) Lewis Pres.

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This collection is an accounts ledger from an unnamed Virginia business, dating 1932-1933, probably a brickyard, that also includes a child's drawings and several pages of lyrics to gospel songs, along with two newspaper articles.

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The collection consists of 8 prints of Appalachian Relic, a watercolor painted by Wes Waugh. The painting depicts an old house on top of hill with mountains rising in the background. The image is dedicated to Lee Smith and features a quote from her 1983 novel, Oral History.

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