D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives
 

MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

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Many of the manuscript collections housed in Special Collections were collected by the staff of the Southern Highlands Research Center, a repository which operated at UNCA from 1977-1986. The mission of the Center was to collect information related to urban Appalachia, and particularly to Asheville as an Appalachian city. Many of these urban-focused collections are found below. While the urban Appalachian focus has been retained, other collections have been added as the Special Collections mission has been expanded to meet the needs of undergraduate research programs at UNCA. Included in the expanded collections, are materials that center on issues of race and ethnicity, forestry, religion in the Southern Appalachians, Asheville's urban renewal, WWI and WWII, mill towns, Southern Appalachian writers, arts and crafts, and other local, regional, national and international materials of interest to the undergraduate researcher,  the scholar and the general user.
Gus and Emma Adler, [M2011.10.01] A small group of photographs and documents of Gus and Emma Adler that covers their years managing the 'Sky Club,' a fine-dining establishment in Asheville in the early 20th century. Includes photographs of famous people who came to the club and who knew the Adlers.
Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection [M2016.01]. The Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection contains over 700 community and commercially published cookbooks that document recipes, cooking, and foodways in the Southern Appalachians, North Carolina, and the American South. In addition, the collection includes nearly 200 commercial food and kitchen appliance company cookbooks as well as a small collection of historic cookbooks and books on cookbook collecting.
American Association of University Women (AAUW), Asheville Papers, [M77.9.1-7 ; OS77.9.1-11] - Western North Carolina chapter archive.
Agudas Israel Synagogue Collection, [M2013.01].  Materials covering the history of the congregation and Jewish families in Hendersonville, NC. The collection includes primary and secondary documents, oral histories and photographs
Walter Ashe Collection, [ M99.02.01] - Comprehensive history of the three USS Asheville ships and one submarine. Materials are comprised mainly of three large scrapbooks which recount the history of the USS Ashevilles, particularly the second vessel and its activity in the Pacific theater of WWII, the South China Sea. See also the oral history taken from Walter Ashe.
Asheville Area Human Relations Council - (See: A. Allen Gardner Papers.)
Asheville Colleges Collection, [M2015.04].  A small collection of miscellaneous documents from colleges in and around Asheville in the early 20th century. The documents primarily originate from Asheville Normal College, but materials from Blue Ridge College and Wingate College are included
Asheville Garden Club Collection, [M79.5] - Documents primarily related to the creation of botanical gardens on the campus of Asheville-Biltmore College (now UNC Asheville), and a submission for the Gapen Silver Cup for Conservation
Asheville Industrial Council - (See: Frank Coxe Papers.)
Asheville Model Cities Records, [M2005.11.1-2] - A small collection of records and publications related the the "Model Cities" plan for Asheville, NC.
City of Asheville Reports 1966-1975, [M2017.1] - Reports prepared by, or about, the City of Asheville and published between 1966 and 1975, including statistical analyses, development studies, and budget reports.
Asheville YWCA Archive, [M99.1.1-19 ; P99.1.1-4 ; OS99.1.1-9] - Includes Phyllis Wheatley branch history and very early historical papers, records, clippings, photographs, and letters of correspondence.
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Robert and Audrey Bayer Paper Dress Collection, [OS2007.12.1-2] - A unique window into popular culture in the early 1970's.
Mark Ellis Bennett Collection, [M2008.13.1] - A collection of articles written for the Biltmore Beacon newspaper and miscellaneous photographs and documents related to Asheville and western North Carolina history.
Beth HaTephila Congregation (Asheville, NC) 1891 - , [M79.13.1-5 ; P79.13.1 ; OS79.13.1] - Papers of the Asheville Jewish congregation. Includes the correspondence of Rabbi Sidney Unger, 1951-1961, and other core documents.

Biltmore Industries Archive, (1901-1991), [M01.8.1] - Includes the personal papers of Fred Seely, early business records of Grove Park Inn, and business records of Biltmore Industries. UNC Asheville's Special Collections is currently processing these materials, applying conservation measures, and creating finding aids for the materials. The materials are housed in UNC Asheville's Special Collections. A parital finding aid should be available in early 2017. Please contact us for more information.

Black Highlanders - (See: Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection), The most comprehensive local collection of material on African Americans in western North Carolina.
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Collection, [M2009.07.01-] - A cooperative agreement between the University of North Carolina and the Center allows controlled (physical and digital) access to the photographic materials, documents, correspondence, and publications of Black Mountain College and to newly created materials about the experimental college that existed in Black Mountain, NC, between 1933 and 1954.
Christopher Blake Collection, [M03.11.01] - A small collection of photographs, pamphlets, and a unique, though unidentified, travel guide of western North Carolina from the turn of the century.
Louis Blomberg Family Papers, [M04.2.1] - Personal papers including correspondence in Yiddish, letters and telegrams of appreciation for community service and information about Asheville businesses. Also includes marriage license and photographs of the family.
Chester H. Brown Collection, [M2011.14.01-0] - A small collection of the personal papers of Chester H. Brown Jr. and business documents from Nehi Bottling and the Royal Crown Co. of Asheville. Includes personal and business correspondence, diagrams and blueprints relating to carbonics, papers relating to the Boylston Gold Mine, extensive utilities bills, and other documents. Coverage spans1930-1950.
John Brown Speculation Lands Collection of Western North Carolina, [M2016.02] - The John Brown Land Speculation Collection is related to the greater Speculation Lands Collection of Western North Carolina. This collection contains items from the Brown family members beginning in the late 1700ís and extendeding well into the early 1900ís, and includes items from John Brown, his son William John Brown, his sons John Evans Brown, William Caleb Brown, and Samuel S. Brown, and John Evans son, W. Vance Brown. John Brown was 21 years old when he got started in the speculation lands business and he represented a syndicate of Pennsylvania investors to enter and obtain land grants in Western North Carolina.
W. Vance Brown and Family Collection, [M79.10.1] - Photocopies of papers and diary of John Brown (1772-1845). Also includes information on John Brown, 1772-1845 ; John Evans Brown, 1827-1894 ; Samuel S. Brown ; William J. Brown, 1803-1884 ; William Caleb Brown.
Solon H. Bryan Collection (1884 -1931), [M78.2.1] - Collected papers of the director of the Piedmont Bureau. Includes 74 photos of Western NC. Bryan was the father of Virginia Schreiber, faculty in the Asheville Biltmore College, a UNCA predecessor.
Curtis Bynum Family Papers, [M2003.1] - Contains materials related to Curtis Ashley Bynum (1882-1964), his wife Florence Boyd Bynum (1878-1967), and their daughter Katherine Bynum Shepard (d. 2008).
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The Dianne Cable Sketchbooks and Journals, [M2010.04.01-5] - Contains the life-long collection of sketchbooks by artist and historian, Cable. The books provide a unique personal and visual journey through the artist's creative evolution. The rich drawings, paintings and text give an immediacy to the creative process that is often not found in singular works of individual artists. Her many interests, her friends, teachers, and all the learning experiences that informed her art education are graphically recorded and may be studied for change of style, thematic interests, influences, as travel journals, as geographic context, and more. The artist's commentary accompanies each sketchbook.
Robert F. Campbell Papers, [M2010.06.01-17 ] - The personal papers of Robert F. Campbell primarily documenting his career as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, N.C. from 1892 to 1946 and, to a lesser extent, his research and writing on social issues, particularly race in the South and the social and cultural lifestyle of the people of Appalachia.
Carolina Mountain Club Archive, [M2002.2.1-27] - Established in Asheville, North Carolina on July 16, 1923, the hiking club was active in promoting and protecting the mountains of North Carolina.
UNCA Center for Jewish Studies, [M2009.03.01] - Documents, correspondence, organizational information, news clippings, flyers, and program advertisements documenting the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC Asheville.
F. Stuart Chapin Collection, [M77.4.1] - Papers regarding the early Tennessee Valley Authority (T.V.A.)
Chimney Rock Hillclimb 1956 - 1995, [M2016.12] - Contains photocopies of programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and documents, and an original program from 1995.
Citizens Against Clearcutting the Asheville Watershed (CACAW) Papers - [M2016.04} - Citizens Against Clearcutting the Asheville Watershed (CACAW) was a citizens group that worked to stop clearcutting in the Asheville watershed beginning in the late 1980s. The CACAW Papers contains correspondence, press releases, news clippings, and other materials that document the group's actions..
City of Asheville, Historic Resources Commission Records, [M2010.16] - A large collection of materials from the City of Asheville, including plats of the city from the first half of the 20th century, maps and aerial photographs from the 1950s and 1960s, documents from the planning board, and transportation advisory committee, and materials arising from highway projects. Also includes 700 transparencies of road and other conditions.
Otis J. Clontz Collection, [M2001.1.1-2] - Collection of photographs, postcards, memorabilia from WWI era. Includes letters in French and various postcards from Clontz's travels.
Susanna Cocroft Collection, [M2015.10] - A small collection of materials related to Susanna Cocroft, who taught "scientific health principles by correspondence", in the early 20th century.
Communist Propaganda Collection, [M2014.02] - A collection of booklets describing Communist philosophies and theories, rules and constitutions of Soviet republics, reports on Soviet Communist Party congresses, and speeches by Communist leaders
Congregation Beth Israel Papers, [M2008.-3.01- ; P2008.03.01- ; OS2008.03.01- ] - A small collection of historical records covering the period from 1927 to the present. The material in the collection includes various synagogue activities, minutes of meetings, photographs, membership lists, service bulletins, and the plans for construction of the synagogue and some financial records. It also includes papers relating to the Board of Trustees of the Congregation (minutes, annual reports and correspondence); the activities of the Synagogue Sisterhood (scrapbook and assorted financial records).
Pauline Miller Cowan Collection, [M05.31-6 ; MC05.3.1] - Drawings and designs used and created by a master Tryon Toy-Makers wood-carver. Included are ledgers of work, designs by Charlotte Yale and Eleanor Vance for various projects, templates, and reference materials.
Frank Coxe Papers, [M83.3.1-18 ; P83.3.1 ; OS83.3.1] - Donated by banker and past Executive Director of the Asheville Industrial Council and descendant of Tench Coxe and Sol. Frank Coxe, the collection contains genealogical information about the Coxe family in North Carolina, photographs, and extensive documents related to the construction and operation of the Battery Park Hotel under the ownership of Col. Frank Coxe.
Tench Coxe Collection (1798-1910), [M79.16.1] - Railroad history and land speculation materials. The materials consist of misc. correspondence of the French Broad and Granite Brick Co., a 1910 copy of "The Clay-Worker", Coxe memorandum, correspondence regarding purchase of Okefenokee Swamp, correspondence of Colonel Frank Coxe, published items regarding railroads and related activities, and three bundles of railway passes.
Tench C. Coxe Collection , [M2011.15.1] - A collection of photographs, letters, ephemera and variety of other documents spanning the years of1939 and 1957. The majority of this collection involves Tench's experiences in WWII and Korea as a member of a chemical battalion. 
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Walter Julius Damtoft Collection, [M2011-06-01] - Forest history was created by this graduate of the Biltmore Forest School, Yale University Forest School, and in his career with Champion Paper Company. As the first industrial forester in the US, Damtoft set the bar for the responsible use of our forests. The collection contains newspaper clippings regarding the Weeks Law, photographs, including international study tours, and materials related to Ruben Robertson and Champion Paper Company.
Joseph Dave Family Papers, [M2004.12.1] - Dave Steel Company, Inc., an early western NC Jewish business, is discussed by Dave. Biographical material forms the core of this small collection.
John Dawson Collection, [M2001.02.01] - A scrapbook of unknown origin which details the lives of some African-Americans in Asheville, NC, c. 1940s. Includes information on the Gospel group, "Wings Over Jordan."
Margaret Deaver Collection of Presbyterian Newsletters, [M2005.06.01 ; OS2005.06.01] - Includes partial runs of two newsletters: The Appalachian Appeal and Our Mountain Work, 1919-1931. Partially transcribed.
Francine Delany or Beatrice Francine Mitchell Delany Collection[M93.01 ; OS93.01] - memorabilia including certificates, awards, letters, photographs and a scrapbook gathered by friends and family of Francine Delany.
Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Asheville Collection [M2011.11] - Materials collected by, and related to, the Delta Kappa Society of Asheville, a professional honor society of key women educators.
Carol Duin Collection of LGBT Materials, [M2012.09.01-02] - This collection, created by local gay rights advocate Carol Duin, contains personal papers, speeches, presentations, correspondence, educational materials, articles, publications, and discussion materials related to advocacy and education about lesbian, gay, bi, trans-gendered, and queer lives.
Harold E. Duncan Collection, [M2012.06] - Student notes and other materials collected by Duncan who attended Buncombe County Junior College between 1927 and 1930. Some documents may be from Duncan's high school years.
Jerome Dykeman Papers, [M2002.5.1] - Letters, newspaper clippings, related to the preservation of the Craggy mountains area and the creation of the Craggy Gardens recreation area. Ledgers of the Carolina Mountain Club and assorted materials pertaining to environmental issues in Western North Carolina.
Wilma Dykeman Collection, - Includes most notably a scrapbook compiled by the author's elder brother containing a complete record of Wilma Dykeman's first thirty years. This book contains report cards, photos, early poetry, correspondence,  and all manner of personal documents.
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Thad Eckard Labor Relations Collection, [WNCLN catalog for individual items] - A small 16 item significant collection of labor relations material that documents the Mill strikes in North Carolina and in the southeast during the late 1920s to the late 1930s. Gastonia Mill is particularly well covered. Includes works of fiction as well as labor literature. (See: Books. Each item is cataloged separately and entered into the WNCLN catalog.)
Eliada Home Archive, [M2005.08.01] - Documents related to Eliada Homes Inc., including administrative materials, marketing pamphlets, scrapbooks and correspondence. (Photographs from Eliada are in P2005.08.)
Sharon Fahrer Collection, [M2010.10.01] - A small collection of unique books, scrapbooks, periodicals and photographs, many of which relate to the Asheville area. (See also: Jewish Businesses and Jewish Life in Western North Carolina.)
Family Services Center Collection, [M96.1.1-2 ; P96.1.1 ; OS96.1.1-2] - Publications, newspaper clippings, and photographs from the Asheville social service agency comprise this small collection.
Flat Rock Playhouse Archive, [M2006.11.01-41] - The State Theater of North Carolina, the FRP archive contains a large collection covering business and administrative records from 1924 to the present and including scripts, scores, director's notes, posters, programs, photographic prints, films, workshop notebooks, reviews, personal correspondence, legal and financial documents, blueprints, and promotional material.
Mary Lloyd Frank Collection, [M79.11.1] - Contains two publications: Leaves from the Sondley and The Southern Packet, both published by the Stephens Press.
French Broad River Garden Club Coloured Slides and Photographs Collection, [M2010.02.01 ; OS2010.02.01] - The collection is centered on lantern slides and prints of wild flowers of the region forming, Coloured Slides and Photographs Native Plants of the North Carolina Mountains Suitable for Naturalization Found Within a Radius of 80 miles of Asheville, originally shown at a meeting on May 21, 1936. Correspondence regarding the coloring of the slides, and a booklet of notes describing the plants shown, are also included, along with meeting minutes from 1935 - 1937, and a record of plants grown in members' gardens.
J. W. Ferguson Collection, [M2015.05] - Business correspondence and documents pertaining to an attorney working in Waynesville, North Carolina in the early years of the 20th century. 
William Gahagan Collection, [M1999.03.01] - A small collection of photocopies of rural grocery store credit lists, ledgers, and correspondence related to loggers and logging in Madison County near the Laurel River.
A. Allen Gardner Papers (See: Asheville Area Human Relations Council), [M79.7.1] - Papers from the Asheville Area Human Relations Council containing the notes and minutes of meetings from 1962 through 1967, concerning desegregation, busing, and personnel issues.
Robert J. Godbey Collection, [M2003.8.1-5] - Five typed personal journals covering Godbey's experiences in France during World War I, a scrapbook of WWI memorabilia, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings from World War II, and Stars and Stripes, 1919-1919
Lewis W. Green - (See: Independent Torch and Native Stone)
David Gross Family Collection, [M2010.19.01] - A small collection of photographs and news clippings related to the Gross family and their businesses located in Asheville, North Carolina.
W.B. Gwyn Collection, [M2002.07.01-02] - Ledgers of legal correspondence from 1891-1894 involving various prominent Asheville figures, particularly G.W. Pack.
Gwyn Collection of 19th Century Asheville Newspapers and Maps, [M2016.03] - A small collection of 19th century Asheville newspapers and publications.
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HACA(See: Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Records.)
Peter J. Hanlon and James K Vessey Collection, [M2003.06.1-2] - Collected material related to the Cradle of Forestry and the history of forestry in Western North Carolina.
Capt. Robert E. Harris and Joanne Harris USS Asheville Collection, [M2007.16.01 ; OS 2007.16.01] - A small collection of material related to the christening of the USS Asheville.
Lou Harshaw Papers and Photographs, [M2009.06.01-06 ; P2009.06.01-04 ; formerly P80.7.1] - The collected materials of Harshaw document her activities as a writer, photographer, historian, and teacher. The collection features research notes and drafts for her many books and history courses and includes her work as a photographer from the early 1940's through the late 1980's. Material related to her work with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, book reviews, notebooks, and copies of various local authors who served as sources for her regional historical writings are also included.
Merwin M. Hayes Family Letters, [Virtual Collection] - Two letters donated by Merwin M. Hayes as digital copies . The letters written by his relative William Riley Killian, contain information on the Killian family and a remarkable account of the so-called "Great Meteor of 1860" which streaked across the skies of western North Carolina. 
Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, [M77.10.1-5 ; OS77.10.1-4] - Materials related to African Americans in Western North Carolina, including biographical sketches collected by Lucy Herring.
Lucy S. Herring Collection, [M78.3.1] - (See also: Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection.)
General Hugh Hester Collection, [M84.1.1] - Photographs of the General and his family, letters and publications related to General Hester's interests.
Highland Brewing Company Collection, [M2015.08] - News articles, press releases, company documents, and other materials from Highland Brewing Company.
Highland Hospital Collection, [M2016.14] - Policy and procedural manuals, Highland Highlights magazine, and speech outling the history of the hospital
History Club of Asheville Collection , [M2010.05.01] - Notes, tapes, minutes and photographs for the club, 1995-1996.
Housing Authority of the City of Asheville [HACA],  [M2007.12.001-129] - A large collection of records pertaining to urban renewal in the city of Asheville, NC, from the late 1940's to the early 1990's.
Deryl Howard Papers, [M2010.03.01] - Papers of Dr. Deryl J. Howard during his work as Department Chair of Philosophy at UNC Asheville from 1977 to 1996. The collection also include papers from when Howard was a student, from his dissertation work, and papers likely intended for publication.
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Independent Torch Collection, [OS79.2.1] - Random assortment from an activist newspaper published by Lewis W. Green, Asheville, NC. (See also: Native Stone by the same editor.)
John E. Jervis Labor Collection (1949-1977), [M77.12.1-5 ; OS77.12.1-3] - Correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings and other related materials from local, state, and some national unions. Records union interest in local and state politics; recruitment techniques; and examples of contracts with local companies such as the Slosman Corporation, the William Brownell Company, American Enka, and others.
Jewish Life in Western North Carolina: This set of collections describe aspects of Jewish life in Asheville and Western North Carolina, documenting how individuals and organizations have helped shape the cultural and economic landscape of the region. Includes photographs, newspaper clippings, oral histories, synagogue records, family papers, and miscellaneous materials that were donated by various individuals, organizations and businesses. Includes contributions from Center for Diversity Education, UNCA and History@Hand, and others.
Joseph Joyner Collection of Wm. D. Pence Papers, [M2007.4] -  A small collection of documents related to the standpipe failure in Asheville on January 23, 1893, and storm damage to the standpipe in March 1887. The documents are believed papers of Dr. William D. Pence, a civil engineer with an interest in standpipe failures.
Judaica Collection, [M2012.04.1] - Small collection of miscellaneous publications and works related to Jewish Studies. Includes works related to the Holocaust and publications from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith and other material not associated with a specific donation .
S.J. Justice and G.W. Justice Papers & Survey Records, [M03.4.1-5] - Correspondence, maps and plats related to the survey work of Speculation Lands property and associated western North Carolina land.
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Fred Kahn Asheville Postcard Collection, [M2016.08] - Approximately 700 postcards of Asheville and the surrounding area, primarily from the first two decades of the 20th century. Themes covered include, Biltmore House, sanatariums and hospitals, Country clubs, sports and recreational facilities, and residential developments.
Morris Karpen Family Collection, [M2010.15.01] - Letters, documents and photographs pertaining to the Karpen family, owners of Karpen Steel and generous donors of Karpen Hall at UNC Asheville.
Michael F. Keleher Papers, [M80.3.1-2] - Asheville City School Board, 1960-1977. Includes correspondence, laws, etc.
Ari Landau Collection, [M2016.05] - The Ari Landau Collection contains documents and photographs chronicling the life of Ari Landau’s father, Fiszel Landau, a Polish Ashkenazi Jew who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and the Mauthausen-Gusen slave labor camp.
Herschel Lange Family Collection, [M2006.11.1] - A small collection of photographs and information related to the Lange family, Jewish merchants in Asheville, NC.
League of Women Voters of Asheville/Buncombe County, [M77.11.1-9] - A large collection of material that comprises the archive for the Asheville/Buncombe County branch of this national organization. The correspondents and subjects in this collection include various officials of city, county, state, and federal governments. Among the items in the collection are letters to the editor of the Asheville Citizen and Asheville Times regarding tax structure, education, equal opportunity, development of human resources, urban renewal, voter registration, Asheville and Buncombe County school consolidation, and electoral college reform. Also includes materials from the Study on Appointed Boards and Commissions, Asheville and Buncombe County.  The collection covers the period from 1948 through 2010.
Lipinsky Family Collection, [M06.1.1] - Correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings related to the family.
William H. Lord - Trinity Episcopal Church Papers, [M06.5.1] - As supervising architect for the rebuilding of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville in 1912-13, Lord's correspondence records many construction details. Correspondence includes letters to and from Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson, the architects of record and Mary Elizabeth Tillinghast, the designer of the stained glass windows.
Harry Weaver Love Collection, [M2009.02] - A small collection of correspondence, primarily related to when Weaver stood down from the office of the Eastern Region of the YMCA Foreign Work Department.
Edgar M. Lyda Collection, [M79.9.1-2] - Chairman of Buncombe County Commissioners in 1920s, includes correspondence and materials related to the construction of the Buncombe County Court House and the City Building.
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1929 Marion Labor Strike Scrapbook [M2013.02] - Scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting textile mill strikes in Marion, NC, that culminated in the death of six mill workers in October 1929.
Mayflower Society Collection, [M77.19.1] - Asheville Colony papers. Includes the Mayflower Compact (1897), Mail and Compact Co. See WNCLN catalog for The North Carolinian, quarterly journal of genealogy.
C.W. McCall Collection of Josiah Strong Papers (See: Josiah Strong Family Papers), [M2010.14.01-04] - Materials related to the life of the Protestant (Congregationalist) clergyman, author and lecturer who helped to found the Social Gospel movement and founded the League for Social Service (1898-1916). Strong served as the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance for the United States (1886-1898) and wrote extensively on urban decay.
George W. McCoy Collection, [M78.1.1 ; M78.1.2] - Newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other material, with a special focus on race relations and integration issues in Asheville, NC and beyond.
Michael McCue Collection, [M2002.08.01] -  A collection of ephemera, photographs, and single items such as stamps have been aggregated in this collection donated by Michael McCue, author, businessman and owner of Condar Press in Columbus, NC. Some collection items have been given their own collection designation, as they constitute donations by individuals who were directed to Special Collections by Mr. McCue as a result of his extensive research of the Tryon area and its artists.
Caroline and W.B. McEwen Collection 1904-1906, [M79.15.1] - Personal narratives and photographs of local history in and around Lake Toxaway and Asheville.
Jean McKissick McNeill (See: Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection.) Black Highlanders in WWI and WWII.
Melton Family Correspondence, [M1979.01.01] - Regional Civil War letters of the Melton, Alexander, and Baird families. (Is part of: Mildred Alexander Baird White Collection.)
Henry and Elaine Meyers Collection, [M2008.15.01-.09] - Includes materials related to Asheville Jewish congregations and community organizations, but the main scope covers documents, photographs and AV materials arising from Henry's involvement with the Anti-Defamation League
Michalove Collection, [M2008.02.01] - A small collection of clippings and photographs related to the Michalove family while they resided in Asheville, NC.
Herbert D. Miles Collection 1912-1958, [M2007.09.01] - A small collection of letters, clippings, booklets, and photographs from the Miles family related to the life and times of Herbert D. Miles, a financier and businessman who moved to Asheville from Chicago in 1912.
J. Alfred Miller Collection, [M2005.12.1-4] - J. Alfred Miller was a civic and business leader in Asheville from the late 1950's to the mid 1970's and, in addition to personal ephemera, the collection includes letters, promotions, meeting minutes, photographs, and newspaper articles, relating to the redevelopment of Asheville, and promotion of the Blue Ridge Parkway as a tourist destination.
Ernest A. Mills Family Collection, [M2010.16.01] - A small collection of material from the Mills family that details the Mills Manufacturing Corporation in Asheville and the philanthropic work the family has engaged in, including Mills Hall on the UNC Asheville campus.
Irwin Monk Papers (1916-1978)[M79.18.1] - Monk was an Asheville lawyer, childhood friend of Thomas Wolfe, World War I veteran, and an active leader in local veterans groups. The Monk Papers contain personal correspondence, legal documents, and papers from various veterans' organizations.
Mary Gudger Moore Papers, [M83.2.1] - Western North Carolina in the 19th century
Morse Family Chimney Rock Park Collection, [M2008.01.01- ] - Photographs, autobiography, and ephemera related to the founding family of the long-standing recreation area known as Chimney Rock Park in Western North Carolina.
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival & Shindig on the Green, [M2005.1- ; P2005.1- ] - Archive of the festival held in Asheville, N.C. from 1928 to present.
Printed Music Collection, [M2011.08] - The collection comprises approximately 1,350 sheets of music, and almost 160 books of music, Many styles of music are included, but the majority of the collection is either classical music, or tunes from vaudeville and theatrical shows of the early 20th century
National Forests of North Carolina Historical Photographs (See: Photographs), [P2010.12.01-07]
A large (approx. 1800 image) photographic collection that documents the "Cradle of Forestry" and many of the National Forests of North Carolina. The collection is also found on the UNCA CONTENTdm database. Work concluded at the end of 2011 to load all images and to re-load the complimentary collection of US Forest Service photographs in the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Collections. This new collection is a provided through a cooperative grant with the National Forests in North Carolina located in Asheville, NC.
Native Stone, June 3, 1971-December 12, 1974, [OS79.2.1] - Local issue-oriented newspaper edited by local author Lewis W. Green. (See also: Independent Torch by the same editor.
Nazi Propaganda Collection, [M2014.01] Various periodicals, calendars, and books published to promote Nazi Germany
Newton Academy Cemetery, [M2002.3.1] - A small collection of material related to the Academy and to the nearby cemetery. Contains some information on African American burials.
Annie Rives Nicholson Collection (1913-1950s), [M2005.10.1 ; Virtual collection] - Scrapbook representative of the interests and experiences of women during the 1930s and early 1940s.
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Richmond Pearson Collection (1852-1923), [M77.3.1 ; OS77.3.1] - A member of the state House of Representatives for various terms, United States counsel to Genoa, Italy, and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia. In 1907 he served as Minister to Greece and Montenegro. Papers, photographs, and original oil paintings of Pearson and family members.
Howard H Peckham Collection [M2016.11] - Contains over 130 monographs of, mainly first person, experiences during the First World War. The authors are civilians, and military personnel from Europe and the United States, and were mostly written during the war years, or in the first few years after the Armistice.
William Dudley Pelley Collection, [M2006.3.1-3] - Periodicals and papers written and published by William Dudley Pelley from the 1930s to 1960s.
Hilliard Penland Collection, [M2001.3.1 ; OS2001.3.1] - UNCA alumni and decorated veteran of WWII. Collection includes WWII memorabilia.
Maria Louisa Pitkin Diary, [M2003.5.1] - A small diary encompassing five years of the life of Pitkin and her travels and life in Tryon, North Carolina.
James William Pless, Sr. Collection, [M2007.3.1] - Pless was a lawyer and former mayor of both Brevard, NC, and Marion, NC. Photographs and personal writing and family history are included in the collection.
Ada and Lou Pollock Collection, [M2003.10.1-2] - Asheville Jewish cemetery records, letters of correspondence, and photographs related to Western North Carolina's Jewish community.
Julian Price Papers and Recordings, [M2004.3.1-6] - Asheville philanthropist and civic leader. Letters and documents related to civic initiatives and investments in the Asheville community.
George Holcomb Prosser, [M2007.6.1] - A collection of poetry written by Prosser in the 1940s when he and his family lived in Western North Carolina. Describes camping, work at American Enka Corporation, moonshining and rural life following the Depression years.
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D. Hiden Ramsey Collection, [M1980.5.1-4 ; P1980.5.1] - Leader in higher education and editor of the Asheville Times (1921-1926) and then general manager of the Citizen-Times Company (1930-1954). He also served on the State Board of Education (1945-1953) and on the State Board for Higher Education (1955-1960). A full inventory of his papers may be found in the collections of UNC Chapel Hill. (See: Inventory of DARLEY HIDEN RAMSEY PAPERS, Mss. Dept., UNC-Chapel Hill.)
Ernest Clifton Rankin Collection, [M2004.8.1-9] - Legal examiner for the United States Department of Justice.
Lorence Rapoport Family Papers [M2001.6.1] - Active member of the Asheville Jewish community from the 1950s through the 1980s. Correspondence and documents related to Beth Ha Tephila Brotherhood, Temple Club, and Sisterhood. Miscellaneous publications.
Frank E. Ratzell Papers 1945-1964, [M77.7.1-4] - Congregationalist minister in Asheville. Papers contain the notes and minutes of meetings from 1962-1967. Desegregation concerns in Asheville, quality of education and busing.
Bertha Reed's Sewing Manual, [M77.15.1] - Practical manual of sewing techniques.
Helen Tasarov Reed Papers (1915-1993), [M77.8.1] - Early Asheville education and integration.
Regional Prints Collection [M2014.03] - A small collection of regional prints, primarily from pages from 19th century publications, and a folded greetings card with illustrations of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, possibly from the 1940's
Jeannette and Irving Reuter Collection [M2012.08.01] - A small group of photographs and documents of Jeanette (Janet) and Irving Reuter that cover years living in Michigan. Includes photographs of family members at a wedding and of Medovue, their family home, as well as notes created by Irving Reuter detailing the chronology of significant events in his family history and personal life.
Verne Rhoades Collection [M2009.01.01] - A small collection of documents, architectural drawings, photographs and correspondence related to the Rhoades family, the Rhoades estate (now part of the campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville), and the Weaver family, relations of Rhoades.
Julia and Richard Richards Collection, [M2006.] - A short memoir of Emma Lydia Rankin and her family that includes a first-hand account of life during the last year of the Civil War, and a single 1841 issue of the Highland Messenger, one of Asheville's earliest newspapers.
Ora Rives Collection, [P2001.04.01] - A photo album of 44 images and a journal that contains detailed descriptions of the daily activities of a family camping party and of camping in the mountains of Western North Carolina in 1905. The Rives family had a summer home in the Cedar Ridge area near Brevard, North Carolina.
Reuben B. Robertson Collection, [M77.13.1-15 ; P77.13.1 ; P77.13.2] - Documents related to Robertson's years as manager of Champion Paper Plant, Enka, NC.
Samuel Robinson Papers, [M96.3.1 ; OS96.3.1 ; OS96.3.2] - Optometrist and civic leader in Asheville.
Jacob Rosen, [M2007.5.virtual] - "The Chicken Man," Asheville Jewish resident who sold Kosher chickens and produce from the 1920s to WWII.
Rutherford County Historical Society Collection, [M2012.03.01] - The Rutherford County Historical Society Collection contains photographs, postcards, and a booklet about the early years of Rutherford Hospital. The photographs date from the early 1900s and depict various locations in Rutherfordton.
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Roland Sargent Collection, [M2009.10.01-05] - Journals, books, and documents related to aviation in World War I.
R. Henry Scadin Collection, [M80.1.1-5 ; P80.1.1-41 ; Map Case] - Diaries, photographs, and family albums from 1886-1923.
Schandler Family Collection, [M2004.05.1] - Misc. photographs, ephemera, letters, newspaper clippings related to the Schandler family and to Jewish life in Western NC.
Schochet Family Collection, [M2006.9.1 ; OS2006.9.1 ; Audio2006.9.1] - Letters, photographs, and memorabilia related to the Schochet Family of Asheville, NC.
Sol Schulman Collection, [M2003.07.01 ; OS2003.07.01 ; P2003.07.01] - Material collected by Jan Schochet and Sharon Fahrer as part of the "History @ Hand Partnership." Documents western North Carolina's Jewish presence.
Sherrill's Inn Collection, [M94.1.1, M94.1.2] - Guest registers covering 1840-1909; biographical notes by D. Hiden Ramsey.
George A. Shuford Collection [M1981.06] - Contains three scrapbooks documenting the career of George A. Shuford in the US House of Representatives from 1953 to 1958.
Weimer Siler Collection, [M2004.7.1] - A very small collection of family genealogical papers. Includes a book about the Siler family, The Family of Weimar Siler, 1755-1831 by Leona Bryson Porter.
Louis D. Silveri Papers, [M2009.05.01 ] - Documents, photographs, and ephemeral materials supplementing the numerous oral histories recorded by Dr. Silveri for the Southern Highlands Research Center at UNC Asheville, and research materials and photographs related to Appalachian life and heritage.
L.B. Simmons Collection, [M2012.02.01] - A virtual collection that includes photographs and handcrafted book The Life and Times of L.B. Simmons.
Solon D. Smart Collection, [M2008.10.1] - A small collection of photographs, letters, and ephemera related to Smart who served on the Board of Trustees of Asheville-Biltmore College 1963-1965.
Henry Spanner Collection, [M2007.11.01] - Photographs, Bible and papers related to the Montford district, Asheville family of Henry Spanner.
Speculation Lands Collection, [M2003.3.1-12 ; OS2003.3.1-2] - Plats, patents, correspondence, ledgers and survey field notes of land speculation in Western North Carolina, 1795-c.1920.
Silas H. Stepp Civil War Letters. [M2004.4.1] - Written by Silas Stepp while in the 7th North Carolina Cavalry, to his wife Eleanor, between May 1863 and October 1864.
Shirley Stipp Ephemera Collection, [OS2006.10.1.1] - A large collection of ephemera related to western North Carolina. Includes engravings, photographs, pamphlets, flyers, brief articles, etc.
Josiah Strong Family Papers (See: C.W. McCall Collection of Josiah Strong Family Papers), [M2010.14.01-03 ; OS2010.14.01-03 ; MC2010.14.01] - Leader in the Congregationalist church and a founder of the Social Gospel movement and the League for Social Service (1898-1916). Strong served as the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance for the United States (1886-1898) and wrote extensively on urban decay.
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Papers of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor, [M77.15.15] - Congressional papers of Roy A Taylor, including bills and materials considered by Congress during his terms (1960-1976), correspondence, press releases, records of his committee work, and other items.
Tryon Toy Makers - (See: Pauline Miller Cowan Collection and Biltmore Industries Archive.)
T.V.A. - (See: F. Stuart Chapin Collection.)
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Upper French Broad Defense Association Collection, [M77.14.1] - Papers of the environmental grassroots association that  confronted the TVA development of the Upper French Broad River and successfully stopped the development project and the damming of the river.  Includes contributions from Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania county environmentalists, as well as materials from the grass-roots organizers and the UFBDA organization.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Collection, [M2009.04] - A collection of photographs, documents and other material related to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville.
James K. Vessey/Peter J. Hanlon Collection - (See: Peter Hanlon and James K. Vessey Collection.)
Joseph Grayson Waldrop Family Collection - A collection of photographs, documents, and correspondence from the Waldrop family of Hendersonville, NC.
Jay Walker - (See: Louise Jackson Wright Collection.)
William R. Walls, Jr. Collection, [M80.2.1] - Papers include nineteenth century correspondence of the Montreville Weaver family from the Reems Creek/Weaverville area.
Sprinza Weizenblatt Collection, [P2009.12.01] - A small virtual collection of photographs of one of Asheville's early women physicians. Donor of the Weizenblatt Health Center at UNC Asheville.
Western North Carolina Tomorrow Position Papers, [M79.14.1] - Small collection containing information on conservation and development of natural resources in Western NC.
Mildred Alexander Baird White Collection, [M1979.01.01 ; Includes: Melton Family Correspondence] - Genealogical materials for Baird and Alexander families.
Helen Wilson Papers (1945-1977), [M2008.14.1] - Letters, poetry, literary manuscripts, literary criticism and notes by Helen Wilson who operated the Book Mart bookstore in the 1950s to the late 1970s at 7 Biltmore Plaza, Asheville, NC. Much of the material, particularly the poetry, is centered on the relationship of Helen Wilson and Nancy Brown.
homas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Collection [M2015.07] - The Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration was a four day celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Wolfe, and was held on October 2-5, 1975 in Asheville, NC. The Celebration included academic panels and lectures, a play about Wolfe, a musical performance by members of the Asheville Symphony, and other events. This collection documents the planning and development of the Celebration. The collection was donated by UNC Asheville Drama Professor emeritus Arnold Wengrow, who was instrumental in planning the Celebration.
Arval Woody, Chair Maker [M2006.12.1] - Biographical information, newspaper clippings and photographs of Arval Woody and his workshop in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Asheville, N.C., [M2009.08] - Materials related to the activities of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in Asheville, North Carolina, including records of meetings, photographs, printed material and newspaper clippings.
Louise Jackson Wright Collection (1925-1942), [M79.12.1] - Papers of "Jay Walker", newspaperman in Asheville. Includes twelve scrapbooks, which comprise a chronological file of a newspaper column written by David L. Jackson, a.k.a. "Jay Walker." His daughter, Louise Jackson Wright donated the papers which are valuable sources of social commentary for the period from 1925 to 1942.
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YWCA - (See: Asheville YWCA Archive.)
Charlotte Young Collection (1878-1985), [M80.4.1-3 ; P80.4.1 ; OS80.4.1 ; A80.4.1-2] - Teacher and poet who lived in Black Mountain, North Carolina and who was a friend of regional poet Olive Tilford Dargen.

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