This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about women, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email spcoll@appstate.edu.

Manuscript Collections

The Appalachian State University Women's Club An organization for women who are employed by ASU or who are the wives of ASU employees or ASU Retirees. The ASU Women's Club Records contain scrapbooks, membership records, financial records, charity event information, correspondence, fashion show programs, meeting minutes and photographs, dating 1920-1999.

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)

The Ashe County, NC Midwife Collection consists of photocopies of a filed physician's memorandum book of an unknown midwife during the Great Depression. It includes the names of parents, babies, birthdates, parental occupations, and marital status and other demographical information. This collection gives additional genealogical and natal information about Ashe County, North Carolina, which is a rural county.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The collection consists of correspondence between members of the Berry family of Smyth County, Virginia detailing the movements of various family members and their daily activities in southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia. The bulk of the correspondence is from the collection of Ollie Berry Gilliam and includes letters between her sister, Lena, her mother, Susie, and her husband, Edward Gilliam. The material dates from 1911 to 1955.  

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

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 Blackburn Farms Collection is a collection of family mementos, quilts, photographs, correspondence, financial papers, books of art and history, family Bibles, phonograph recordings, and other materials. The Blackburn family lived in Ashe County, North Carolina.

58.0 linear feet (31 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)

This collection contains an informational booklet about the all-girls camp, Camp Strawderman in Columbia Furnace, Virginia from 1943. Along with this is a letter home from a Miss Frances Summers, who lived in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, dated July 14, 1939, and a blank application card.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)