D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Tench Coxe Collection
M1979.16.01

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Tench Coxe Collection
ID
M1979.16.01
Date [inclusive]
1890-1910
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Location
Located in Special Collections, row 8, section 2
Language
English
Note
The materials in this collection consist of misc. correspondence of the French Broad and Granite Brick Co. These letters detail transactions between companies, railroads and the acquisition of machinery for labor.The box also contains a 1910 copy of "The Clay-Worker", Coxe memoranda, correspondence regarding purchase of Okefenokee Swamp, correspondence of Colonel Frank Coxe, published items regarding railroads and related activities, and three bundles of railway passes.

Citation note

[Identification of item] Tench Coxe Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biography

Tench Charles Coxe (1874-1925) was the son of Col. Frank Coxe, builder of the Battery Park Hotel in 1885/86 and an early force in the development of Asheville as a tourist destination. Tench Coxe lived in the Montford area of Asheville and was responsible for selling the Battery Park Hotel to E. W. Grove, builder of the Grove Park Inn, in 1924. Grove razed the Battery Park Hotel and the hill where it stood in downtown Asheville.

Tench Coxe was on the board of directors of the French Broad Granite Brick Company in Asheville, and his brother Francis C. Coxe was President and Treasurer. Much of this collection contains correspondence related to the business activities of the French Broad Granite Brick Company in the early 20th Century.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504
828.251.6645
ghyde@unca.edu

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Accruals

Accruals are not anticipated

Processing information

Initial processing by Special Collections staff, 1979 and 2001; new finding aid by Chase Newsom 2014

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Physical description

1 document box

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General Informtaion

The French Broad Granite and Brick Company was founded in 1904 and was presided over by Francis S. Coxe who was the President and Treasurer. Tench C. Coxe was one of the directors. The correspondence in this box is related to the start of the French Broad Granite Brick Company. The factory in 1904 was located in Asheville on Riverside Dr.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Miscellanious correspondence between the French Broad Brick and Granite Company and other parties, and Coxe memoranda 

Folder 1: Miscellaneous Correspondence concerning the hiring of individuals and the prospective employees letters. 

Folder 2: Miscellaneous correspondence discussing brick materials, the acquisition and sale of brick materials, and railroad exchanges. 

Folder 3: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the costs of business and the selling of bricks and their materials to prospective buyers, discusses the delivery of materials and bricks by train. Correspondents include the Southern Railway Company. 

Folder 4: Miscellaneous correspondence discussing various mechanical equipment and their sale and repair cost, details alliances with other businesses and organizations. Correspondents include The H. T. Hackney Coal Company and the H. Huennekes Company. 

Folder 5: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the repair of machinery, acquisition of sand and machinery. Correspondents include the H. Huennekes Company and the Southern Railway Company. 

Folder 6: Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the railways and the outbound and inbound shipments, acquisition of oils, and the costs of each. Correspondents include the Kimble Oil Company and the Southern Railway Company. 

Folder 7: Miscellaneous correspondence concerning the membership to certain manufacturing organizations such as the National Association of manufacturers of sand-lime products. The folder also includes information on the purchase of materials for bricks. 

Folder 8: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the testing of bricks and brick materials. 

Folder 9: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the moving of equipment to French Broad Granite Brick Company. 

Folder 10: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the moving of materials by train and the resulting costs. 

Folder 11: Miscellaneous correspondence detailing the acquisition of lime and how much that will cost to ship to the French Broad Granite Brick Company. 

Folder 12: Correspondence to Col. Frank Coxe discussing business and hiring at the battery park hotel and correspondence to various business partners. 

Folder 13: Copy of The Clay Worker (1910) a product of the National Brick Manufacturers' association showcasing the various machines, tools, and practices in brick creation, preservation, and implementation. 

Folder 14: Coxe Memoranda discussing the Coxe family and their accomplishments. 

Folder 15: Published items Re: railroads and related activities with items on the geological surveys of 1909 and 1910, and letters of railroad officials. 

Folder 16: Page from Anoka, Minnesota recording the purchase of the "Okecfinokee Swamp" by Col. Frank Coxe. 

Bound Items: Railroad passes issued to Tench Coxe. 1888-1890, 4 bundles