Ethnicity and Race


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about ethnicity and race, primarily in the Appalachian region. Also see the guide on African Americans for additional resources. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Bingham Dai Papers include the professional and personal papers of Dr. Bingham Dai (1899-1996), a psychotherapist.  Dai was one of the first native-born Chinese to be trained in new theories of psychiatry and psychology in the 1930s.  He taught at Peking Union Medical College in China, Duke University, and finished his career lecturing at Appalachian State University.

19.5 linear feet (40 boxes)

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)

Appalachian State University College of Continuing Education Cherokee Exhibits Papers includes a notebook covering a general overview of Cherokee history with photographs.

0.02 linear feet (2 folders)

Materials in the Cratis D. Williams Papers cover the professional and private life of scholar and professor Cratis Williams, his studies in Appalachian literature, folklore and ballads, and the Appalachian Consoritum. The collection consists of materials related to Williams' work at Appalachian State University, academic and genealogical research, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings of folksongs and lectures, one VHS tape, two reels of microfilm, slides, and family memorabilia.

70 linear feet (140 boxes)

This collection consists of a program of the Memorial Service for those members of Local Union No. 6343 of the United Mine Workers of America. This service was held on May 29, 1938 at Crozer Temple Colored Church, Elkhorn, West Virginia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This small collection consists of one page with the autographs of Eng and Chang Bunker, dated January 2, 1835. It was written for Israel K. Tefft from Savannah, Georgia.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a scrapbook of an enlarged photo of Florence Lee Tate's sketch of her African-American nurse maid along with Tate's musical score of Let's Git Along Ter Glory (copyright 1950), dedicated to this lady.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)