D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

City of Asheville, N.C.,
Historic Resources Commission Records

M2010.16.01-02 ; OS2010.16.01

Title  City of Asheville, N.C ., Historic Resources Commission Records
Alt Title City of Asheville Records
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/city_of_asheville/default_city_of_asheville.htm
Creator City of Asheville, NC, Historic Resources Commission
Alt. creator City of Asheville, NC, Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC)
Alt. creator City of Asheville, NC, Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)
Subject Keyword Maps, Asheville, NC ; Aerial photographs, Asheville, N.C. ; Julian Price ; City Watch magazine ; transportation ; transportation studies ; East End, Asheville ; Southside, Asheville ; East Riverside, Asheville ; East Riverside redevelopment ; Civic Redevelopment Project ; Asheville Redevelopment Commission ; Housing Authority of the City of Asheville, N.C. ; Asheville, NC ; housing authorities ; urban renewal ; city planning ; gentrification ; eminent domain ; maps ; streets ; roads ; gardens ; African-Americans ; community ; Southside ; Model Cities ; greenways ;  social services ; Mountain Housing Opportunities ;  municipal government ; politics and government ; highway planning ; apartments ; housing ; real property ; economic conditions ; land use ; economics ; urban planning ; civic improvement ; slums ; low income housing ; urban poor ; Asheville Model Cities Program ; city maps ; "City Watch" ; urban renewal publications ;
Subject LCSH Asheville (N.C.) -- History
Asheville (N.C.) -- Economic conditions
Asheville (N.C.) -- Politics and government
Asheville (N.C.) -- Planning
City and town life -- United States -- History -- 20th century
City planning -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Civic improvement -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Highway planning -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Housing -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Land use, Urban -- United States
Land use, Urban -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Municipal government -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Municipal services -- North Carolina Asheville (N.C.)
Price, Julian
Real property -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Roads -- Design and construction -- Environmental aspects
Traffic engineering -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Urban policy -- North Carolina
Urban renewal -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Description This collection consists of approximately four cubic feet of material deposited by the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and retrieved from material targeted for disposal from old files held in the City Building, Asheville, NC.   Materials include large folios of early plat maps of Asheville; rolled oversized maps of the city created in the 1960's and 1970's ; administrative records for  Asheville’s Redevelopment Commission dating from around 1958 to 1970 ; copies of "City Watch" a magazine created by Julian Price to bring attention to areas of the city that needed attention ; as well as the official records of Asheville’s Housing Authority from the late 1940s to the 1990s.  The records in this collection pertain primarily to several significant transportation projects and include very early charts regarding the water authority ("Pink Beds" water project) ;  also included are several bridge and roadway projects within the city of Asheville, NC.

Administrative documents such as correspondence, contracts, reports, news clippings, and summary documents are found in binders or associated with specific material in the collection. Some general administration files and planning documents are included.

The collection is currently being processed and a complete finding aid will be created for the material within the following 4-5 months.  Consequently information about the collection and the activities it documents are not fully known and described at this time. It is not expected that any of the material contained in the collection is sensitive and the collection is currently open to use.

The large map and plat collection will not be available online until scanning equipment is available to process the oversized material in the collection.

Publisher Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor City of Asheville, NC
Alt.  contributor Stacey Merten, Historic Resources Commission ; Dan Baechtold, City of Asheville
Date original Date of collection:  1890''s- 1990's  
Date digital 2010-11-22
Type Collection ; Maps ; Text ; Images ;
Format (extent) 4 cu. ft.
Source D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, Manuscript Collections M2010.16.01-02 ; OS2010.16.01-05
Language English
Relation Is related to:  Housing Authority of the City of Asheville [HACA] ;  East Riverside Photographs, D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ;  http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/mapasheville/developmentmapper/ ; Heritage of Black Highlanders Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; Emergency Relief in North Carolina. A Record of the Development and the Activities of the North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration, 1932-1935. North Carolina Emergency Relief Commission, State Administrator, Mrs. Thomas O'Berry. Edited by J. S. Kirk, Walter A. Cutter [and] Thomas W. Morse by North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration, Documenting the American South, UNC Chapel Hill ;  Prosser, Julian Branson.  Two city managers in Asheville, North Carolina : politics, administration and policy formulation.  [S.l. : s.n.] 1972, iv, 110 leaves ; 28 cm. (Thesis (M.P.A.)--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) UNCA SPEC COLL JS548.A8 P76 1972 ; Asheville Model Cities Records, M2005.11.1-2, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; "Improving the Quality of Urban Life, [HT177 .A85 1974] Spec Coll, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNCA ; Asheville Model Cities Commission Mid Year Planning Statement ; PUBLICATIONS List is part of HACA ; For GIS maps that orient you to contemporary Asheville, see : http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/mapAsheville/map.asp ;
Coverage temporal 1890's-1990's ;
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC
Rights Collection is open and available for research.  Any copyright interest in materials contained within this collection have not been transferred to UNCA and therefore remain with the original copyright holders or their descendents as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor 458 ;  City of Asheville, NC.- Historic Resources Commission
Acquisition First donation :  2010-09-01(onsite) ; second donation 2010-11-16 (onsite) ;
Citation City of Asheville, NC Historic Resources Commission Records, Special Collections, D. H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Processed by Special Collections staff, 2010-11-22
Last update 2010-11-22
(Historical & Biographical notes)
Box List  

(In Work Room)

City of Asheville Plat Maps

In large folios - many plats dating from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Loose - small collection of plats generally from the mid 1950's to mid 1960's

(In Work Room and map case)

Large Rolled Maps

All maps provide (to varying levels of detail) layouts and names of streets within Asheville and it's environs. Many are in the canisters in which they were received and allocations to a specific canister have been maintained.

The maps fall into three broad classifications:

Asheville Model Cities Program - dating from the late 1960's, showing redevelopment areas within the city of Asheville

Neighborhood Analysis Study of November 1965 - covering all of the Asheville metropolitan area and detailing the use of individual buildings

Planning and Property Maps - covering:

Twenty-two thoroughfare plans for Asheville and Buncombe County from the 1970's to the 1990's [22 plans]

Two undated maps detailing modifications to Broadway Avenue in Asheville [2 maps]

Nineteen maps, sketches and photographs associated with proposals for I-26 and I-240 in Asheville. One of is dated July 2000 and although there is no indication that the others originate from this date, it seems possible. Some of the photographs detail highway dimensions and are generic, rather than project specific [19 maps]

Six undated property maps covering north and west of downtown Asheville - possibly part of a larger review covering all of Buncombe County [6 maps]

Two copies of a map showing the extent of the downtown Asheville historic district in 1978 [2 maps]

(In Work Room)
Large Aerial Photographs

These photographs appear to be part of two surveys: one of highways in Asheville undertaken in 1977 by the Department of Transport and one, covering a significant area of Buncombe County, undertaken in 1963 by the USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

The 1977 images are from low level and have good clarity, while the 1963 images are from a higher altitude and have less detail, although individual roads and structures can still be seen.

Box 01 4 folders with 16 items

Completed agreement with the City of Asheville, NC providing for the use of certain space on the highway bridge over the French Broad River at West Haywood Street, known as Smith's Bridge for construction of a vertical river gage [gauge] by the Weather Bureau, said agreement to cover the 10 year period beginning January 15, 1934, and ending January 15, 1944.

[Document]: United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey. Index of River Measurement Stations as of September 30, 1937, Part 3. Ohio River Basin.

Gage [gauge] Height and Discharge Records for the year ending Sept. 30, 1938.  Covering the following gaging [gaguing] stations:

S. Fork of Mills River at the Pink Beds (2 copies)
N. Fork of Swannanoa River near Black Mountain
Bee Tree Creek near Swannanoa
Swannanoa River at Biltmore
French Broad River at Asheville (2 copies)


Maps (4) prepared by the TVA for use in the Upper French Broad water resources study
.  Includes Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, and Madison Counties. 1962

Box 02 Metropolitan Planning Board of Asheville and Buncombe County - Minutes  1959 - 1974
Box 03 Technical Coordinating Committee Minutes  1966-1980  (Joint TCC/TAC)

Transportation Advisory Committee Minutes   1974-1980  (Joint TCC/TAC)

  Bikeway Demonstration Program Project fro The City of Asheville, North Carolina Under the Federal Highway Administration Bikeway Demonstration Program, Section 119
April,1976.  Eugene C. Ochsenreiter, Jr. , Mayor, City of Asheville, N.C.
Box 04 Published material
  1973 Asheville Traffic Operations Study: A supplement to the "Asheville Transportation Study," ... 1973 (2 copies)
  1961 Master Highway Transportation Plan : Asheville Metropolitan Area. Prepared for North Carolina State Highway Commission and the City of Asheville by Wilbur Smith and Associates, 1961  (3 copies)
  1979 Historic Architectural Resources of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. City of Asheville, Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1979  (Contains a "Local Historic Property List")
  1992 Coalition for Scenic Beauty, Asheville & Buncombe County  Summer 1992 (1 copy)
    Twenty-five Years of Engineering in Western North Carolina:  Charles E. Waddell & company, Engineers, Asheville, North Carolina. (color photocopy of original)  See:  Twenty-Five Years of Engineering in Western North Carolina  for full-text digital copy.
  Julian Price "City Watch" magazines (removed to Julian Price Collection)
    City Watch - August/September 1992
    City Watch - Summer 1992
    City Watch - November/December 1992
    City Watch - Fall 1993
    City Watch - Winter/Spring 1994
Removed to Julian Price Collection PHOTOGRAPHS
    Julian Price Photograph Album (35 mm slides)  Approx. 640 slides taken by Julian Price and Meg McCloud. 

[NOTE:  Slides were given to Michael Moule, the first Traffic Engineer hired by Asheville who had expertise in multi-modal transportation. According to Meg McCloud, Michael Moule was hired through the efforts of  Bette Jackson and Meg who were inspired by the "Walkable Communities Conference" which Mark Combs, Public Works director and Cathy Ball, City engineer had reported on in 19 (??). A year later the city of Asheville was ready for a new Traffic Engineer and Meg and Bette Jackson met with Cathy Ball, Mark Combs and the human resources director, Jeff Richardson (?) to "help them consider hiring a multi-modal engineer instead of the ones like they 'd hired in the past who were only about moving cars."  Meg contacted Dan to ask for his recommendation on people who might be good for the position and he supplied "a few names, and an RFP was prepared.  Eventually Michael Moule who was working in Portland, Oregon was then hired.  [From: correspondence with Meg McCloud, 12/02/2010]

    1 lose mounted photograph