African Americans


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about African Americans. For additional resources, see the guide on Ethnicity and Race. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Ku Klux Klan Papers contains examples of the Klan's members' Commission Credentials, informational pamphlets, and a restricted student paper for Dr. Lorin Baumhover's course in 1968, all of which may contain offensive material and language.

0.01 linear feet (1 oversize folder)

The Miscellaneous Oral History Transcripts consists of 41 transcriptions oral interviews of 49 Watauga County, North Carolina residents. Interviews were conducted in 1973 and 1974.

0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

The Paul M. Fink Papers contains a collection of materials related to East Tennessee, primarily Jonesborough and Washington County. Some papers were generated by residents of the State of Franklin. Other documents include court documents, slave emancipation and other slave records, school documents, autographs, and histories of Washington County, Tennessee.

2.76 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 cold storage envelope, 1 oversize folder)

The Rebecca Harding Davis Papers is a collection of some of her fiction stories and articles, published in The Youth's Companion, Earthen Pitchers, and other journals.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

Reverend Reggie Longcrier Collection of Papers consist of three documents describing Hickory, North Carolina-based church, Exodus Missionary Outreach Church, and the pastor's pro-gay marriage question in the 2007 CNN-You Tube Democratic Presidential debate. This collection provides an alternative view of Black Appalachian churches as homophobic.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is an unpublished draft of Roger Tompkins' The White Nigger book, circa 1989, the year the book was actually published.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)

The Rufus Burks Papers collection contains about 100 letters from and to Rufus Burks and family members while he was serving in the US Army. Other folders contain family tax receipts and other receipts and paper pertaining to life in the 1940's.

0.25 linear feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)