The photographic collections of Special Collections & University Archives include prints, negatives and transparencies. The majority of these collections are listed below. Thousands of photographs have also been placed online and can be viewed in the Western North Carolina Heritage website. Some collections also have links to specific images. Prints are usually available for viewing in the Special Collections Reading Room but please contact us to ensure that this is possible, Access to negatives and transparencies is normally restricted.
Many of these collections have accompanying manuscript materials. See Manuscripts or the links within the finding aids for photographic materials.
Small digital collection of postcards of Asheville and photographs related to Exum Clement, mother of Stafford Anders who was the first woman legislator in North Carolina. (3 items, 26 images)
A photographic survey of Asheville, NC, sponsored by the Southern Highlands Research Center and the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in 1976. Photographs are by Charles McLarty and Jefferson Davis. The collection numbers approximately 200 images and complements the work of Jeff Davis who photographed for CETA in the 1970s and later.
Photographs taken between circa 1895 and 1930. A large number of the photographs show logging operations, especially of the Ritter Lumber Company in Proctor, located on Hazel Creek in Swain County, NC. Many of these photographs feature Austin Brooks, a lumber worker, and other photographs are of Mr. Brooks and his family
A large collection of negatives and prints of Asheville and western North Carolina from 1919-1969. Collection is comprised largely of urban architectural photographs and people and events in Asheville. Also included are early images of rural life in the region.
Negatives from Ball's work as a commerical photographer in Asheville between 1969 and 1999.
Views of Hendersonville, NC and surrounding area, taken by members of the Barber family from 1884 until the 1930's. Note: Hendersonville Public Library holds the bulk of the Baker-Barber Collection.
Images from an 1883 photo album belonging to photographer E. E. Brown. The photographs were taken by Brown under commission from the Western North Carolina Railroad.
Photographs and albums of images from Biltmore Estate Industries, Tryon Toy-Makers, and Biltmore Industries. See finding aid for complete list of selectively scanned materials.
Negatives and transparencies taken from 1952 to the early 1980's includes many of the railroad lines that were in the southeastern United States such as Norfolk Southern, and Southern Railway lines.
A banker and past Executive Director of the Asheville Industrial Council and descendant of Tench Coxe. Approximately 140 photographs of Asheville, Green River area, Old Battery Park Hotel and family members are included in this collection. See also the Tench Coxe Collection.
A collection of turn-of-the century and later photographs of the East Riverside area of Asheville, NC. Most are unidentified but are an exquisite representation of the large African American community in Asheville at the turn of the century. Identification is invited.
Over 9,000 black and white and color photos, negatives, glass plate negatives, scrapbooks, lantern slides and oversized photos from Eliada Home Inc. near Asheville (See also M2005.08 for manuscripts)
Images and documents from the Faces of Asheville photo documentary project (2007-2009)
An on-line only collection of images of the construction and development of the Inn. Original images are retained by the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Inc. and any publication must seek permission from the hotel. Many of the photographs are the work of John B. Robinson
Two photographs of hog-killing in the Leicester area of North Carolina, 1995
Small collection of family photographs of Hester, a military General, political activist and writer, and his family.
Small collection of propaganda photographs probably taken by Jakob Tiefenthaler, photographer for the German Third Reich just prior to WWII. The collection includes photographs of Hitler, Himmler, Göring, Goebbels, and additional government, party and military leaders, reviews of troops and other promotional views of official ceremonies. Hinegardner knew and worked with Tiefenthaler who was employed by the US Armed forces following the war.
Small collection of 33 photographic slides of the exterior and interior architecture of St John in the Wilderness Church, Flat Rock, NC, and 21 architectural slides of the exterior and interior of St. James Church of Hendersonville. Slides were taken March 27 and 29, 1996
Selected photographs taken from the approximately 4,000 images in Kirkman' personal collection. Focused on his years as a member of the Carolina Mountain Club, an Asheville area hiking club established in 1931, it also includes many images of western North Carolina, as well as other regions along the Appalachian chain of mountains. Kirkman, a 50-year member of the Carolina Mountain Club, was active in local environmental initiatives and documents related to his activism are included. The collection also contains some supplementary materials about the Carolina Mountain Club.
A collection of two-hundred-eighty-four photographs taken by Henry Martin Knauth during his tour of duty in Europe in the First World War as a quartermaster for the American Army. Photographs include famous sights in Paris such as Notre Dame, Napoleon's Stables, and photos of victory parades during the war's conclusion. Also featured are pictures Knauth took in various parts of France, Italy, and Germany during his travels while on leave. These photos include images of the destruction of the First World War along the Western Front. There are also pictures of Knauth's extended family and hometown in Ludwieler, Germany from which his family had migrated to the United States in the 1890's. Also included is a photograph of Woodrow Wilson flanked by an honor guard at the Paris Peace Conference.
A small body of photographs and videos, photographed by ADL members of the KKK rally in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 17, 1998
Over 400 color postcards and postcard folders of Western North Carolina and the Southern States, mostly created and produced by the Asheville Postcard Company, between circa, 1913 and 1977
A small collection of early Buncombe Co. Courthouse and Buncombe Co. Commissioners photographs. For documents and designs of architect Douglas Ellington and Milburn and Heister designs for the Buncombe County Courthouse, see the Edgar Lyda Collection
A small collection of photographs of Asheville at the turn of the 20th century collected by the McCurry family.
1906 scrapbook with photographs of scenic Western North Carolina.
A photograph album of 375 photographs depicting life at Oteen Hospital, Oteen, NC, during the the period of WWI and beyond. The photographs were taken by Jesse Morris and others while Morris was working as a nurse in the hospital.
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (MDFF) is the nation's oldest folk festival. It grew out of the Rhododendron Festival and by 1930 it was an independent festival in Asheville, North Carolina.Today the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival continues to feature musicians and dancers who characterize the music and dance of the Southern Appalachian region. This collection documents the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival and its subsidiary entertainment venue, the Shindig on the Green. This collection includes over 1,000 photographs, slides, pamphlets, and flyers from the Festival, mostly documenting the 1970s and 1980s.
An on-line only collection of photographs and postcard photographs taken and collected by Mungo during his tour of military duty from Hawaii to the Philippines within the years of 1939 and 1940 as part of the 31st U.S Infantry, Company H. Special Collections does not have any physical original materials which were retained by the family of William Patrick Mungo.
An on-line only historical overview of the National Climatic Data Center located in Asheville, NC that visually documents its location in the Grove Arcade building and subsequent move to the Federal Building.
A large (approx. 1900 images) photographic collection that documents the "Cradle of Forestry" and many of the National Forests of North Carolina.
Ten framed prints of rural churches in western North Carolina, taken by W E Ogilvie III, probably during 1947 to 1949.
A collection of nineteen photographic prints and negatives of Overlook Castle in Asheville, NC. The images generally date from the 1920s when the castle was used as a private residence
Large format photographic prints of various scenes of Western North Carolina photographed by Pfalzgraf in the 1940's.
One photo album of family photographs and travel photographs of D.H. Ramsey and family.
The Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection contains a sample of over 1000 photographs that document the African-American community in Asheville, NC, from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. The Isaiah Rice Collection provides an important photographic record of Asheville’s African-American Community in the middle of the 20th Century.
Photographs of a 1905 vacation in western North Carolina taken by Hattie Hill as documentation of the camping trip of the Rives family, the Hills and friends. Images include Highlands, Sapphire, Cedar Mt., Cashiers and other popular tourist locations. A digital copy of the travel journal prepared by Hattie Hill to accompany the photographs is included.
A large collection of over 4,000 photographs donated by Stephen Holladay of the photographer, John B. Robinson. The photographs cover the later 1890's to the early 1930's and were taken by Robinson while he resided in both Washington DC and in western North Carolina. The photographs capture life at the turn of the century and many popular landmarks on the East Coast, Washington DC and life and architecture in western North Carolina. Images include Asheville, Marshall, Chimney Rock, and other regional sites as well as scenes from Washington, D.C. at the turn of the century. Important individuals who lived and traveled in western North Carolina are also captured, such as William Jennings Bryan, E.W. Grove, Fred Seely and others. Vacation travel in New Jersey, Florida and the North Carolina and South Carolina coast are documented.
Approximately 2500 photographs that document rural life in western North Carolina from the late 1890's to 1924 and diaries from 1885-1923 that contain photographic sojourns of the photographer and family and many notes on photographic processes and materials . Also included are photographs taken in Vermont, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and other states, account books of the photographers activity, and other miscellaneous materials.
A collection of photographic negatives and descriptions of twenty images portraying events and people in Madison County, NC, in the first half of the 20th century, primarily circa 1905 to 1930, although many images have not been dated. The subjects include former soldiers, education, social groups, events, and buildings.
A small number of miscellaneous photographic negatives of unknown origin(s) and source(s). The materials generally cover the Asheville and Western North Carolina geographic area, with the exception of one series of negatives that cover an unidentified city. It is difficult to date many of the images, but they all seem be from the early 20th century. Some may be copies made of images in other collections within Special Collections.
This collection of 3,249 photographs documents the work of the U.S. Forest Service Southeastern Forest Experiment Station in Asheville, NC. covering forests in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, and activities from 1897 through 1952. Most of the photographs in this collection are technical in nature, and include the effects of timbering, grazing, erosion, and pollution on an area; forest growth patterns; forestry history, methods, and equipment; and historical data on land use. Logging and timber management in western North Carolina is included. The collection is related to the National Forests in North Carolina Historic Photographs collection.
Contains photographic negatives taken primarily during the 1950s and 1960s. The subjects covered (businesses, auto accidents, local events) suggest the work of a commercial photographer, possibly E M Ball, rather than an amateur. Geographically, the collection centers on Asheville and western North Carolina, but there are also some shots from Raleigh, NC.
Twenty-four small [1.5" x 2"] photographic prints of scenic views, and buildings in Asheville and Western N.C. The photos were likely taken in the late 1920s / early 1930s.