About the Collections
Special Collections and University Archives is located on the second floor of D.H. Ramsey Library, at the center of the University of North Carolina Asheville campus. We welcome students, faculty, staff and community members, and researchers to use our Special Collections. Our collection strengths include the history of Asheville, Buncombe County, western North Carolina, and the Southern Appalachian region. We also have extensive collections related to urban planning, labor relations, WWI, Appalachian culture, Jewish life in western North Carolina, and African-Americans in western North Carolina. Our oral history collections include over 300 individual histories taken from major civic leaders to tattoo-parlor operators. We have an extensive collection of travel and tourism literature and ephemeral material related to the early development of this major western North Carolina industry. Papers written by our students are included in our holdings and reflect our emphasis within the institution on undergraduate research. The departments of History, Literature, Economics, Computer Science and the Masters in Liberal Arts program are some of our strongest holdings in published institutional research.