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

This collection consists of public appeals to help, brochures and pamphlets explaining court cases and defenses, blank petitions, and a typed chronology of the case of the Scottsboro Boys. Materials are dated 1931-1941.

2.01 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This video, Sky People: The Art and History of Blowing Rock, was created by Rebecca Jones and commissioned by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. It introduces museum visitors to Blowing Rock, North Carolina and the High Country.

0.05 linear feet (1 folder)

Speculation Land Company Records are the records from the owners and agents of the North Carolina branch of the New York-based Speculation Land Company primarily between 1796 and 1920. The collection consists of approximately 10,000 original documents, including land deeds, surveys, land plats, record books, business checks, business and personal correspondence. There are also maps, unidentified information packets, and one photograph. Other portions of Speculation Land Records are located at University of North Carolina at Asheville and Chapel Hill.

33.5 linear feet (27 boxes, 4 half sized boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 4 oversize folders)

The Storer College Programs contains three printed programs of varying public events at Storer College dating from February 12, 1920 to May 25, 1920.  Storer College was a small historical black college located in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. These programs illustrate the activities available to students, faculty and alumni.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consist of a small 5x7 notice confirming that the two men listed here (W.L. Hill and Thos. Massie) heard a statement made during a speech by Jacob Yost at Massie's Mill, Virginia. Made official by Justice of the Peace of Nelson County, Virginia R.W. Massie, dated October 30, 1884.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Thomas Lenoir Papers contains photocopies of correspondence, a diary, and other papers relating to Thomas I. Lenoir. Lenoir served in the Company F of the 25th Regiment of the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1862 as Company Captain.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)

The collection contains correspondence about several publications and reviews by William S. Powell for journals, requests for research materials, correspondence with J. Timothy Cole, Mattie Erma Parker, and Mrs. Yandle, and an edited article from The North Carolina Index.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)