D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Sharon Fahrer Collection

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Sharon Fahrer Collection
Date [inclusive]
1.7 Linear feet  ; 2 boxes
Physical Description
Contains documents, scrapbook, personal notes, newspaper clippings, published materials, CDs, and photographs. The materials have been received sporadically without any original order, and have been arranged into broad categories. Oversized materials have been boxed together, and books have been incorporated into the Special Collections holdings and arranged by LC call number.
Location Note
Located in Special Collections, row 9, section 5 ; Special Collections reading room

Preferred Citation

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

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Scope and Contents

A collection of materials donated by local public historian Sharon Fahrer. The materials cover Asheville businesses and people, including notes related to "The Family Store" project by Fahrer and Jan Schochet, with an emphasis on the Jewish heritage of Asheville. Also included are two calendars from Germany, and a book documenting Austria in the 1930s. Although listed in this finding aid, books donated by Sharon Fahrer are shelved in the Special Collections reading room, and are not archived with the other materials in this collection.

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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


No restrictions. 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 descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Sharon Fahrer ; Jan Schochet

Processing Note

Original processed by Helen Wykle, 2010 ; reprocessed and new finding aid by Colin Reeve, September 2016. Additional items added by Colin Reeve, May 2018

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Related Collections

Sharon Fahrer has also made significant contributions and donations to the Jewish Life in Western North Carolina collections

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 - Original Donation 

Asheville Organizations and People 

Folder 1: Biltmore Village 

Travel brochures 

Letter from Pvt. Raymond Jennings "somewhere in India" to Mildred English of Biltmore, 1944 [Photocopy] 

Handwritten notes about Biltmore businesses 

Map of Biltmore Village 1887-1917 [Photocopy] 

List of significant events, Biltmore Estate, 1914-1995 

List of significant events, Biltmore Village, 1792-1989 

Vanderbilt Genealogy 

Folder 2: Max Crohn / Otto Buseck / Middlemount Gardens, Significant dates regarding 

Folder 3: "The Family Store" project, Clippings regarding 

Folder 4: Investors Club, Photographs and annotated copies of trips by the 

Folder 5: "The Land of the Sky", verses from JCC camp papers [Photocopy] 

Folder 6: Meyerson, Obituaries for Lotte and Seymour 

Folder 7: Robinson Optometrists, Copies of 5 photographs of building and staff of 

Folder 8: Jacob Rosen, Handwritten notes and emails regarding 

Folder 9: David Sculman, Clippings aand publicity materials for "The Past is Never Dead" by 

Folder 10: Jeff Slosman in "Business North Carolina" December 2015, Profile of 

Folder 11: Jerry Sternberg, Handwritten notes from 2012 meeting with 

Folder 12: Dennis Winner, Transcript of 2011 sermon by 

Folder 13: Zionist Society of Asheville, Constitution & By-Laws, 1906 

Oral History Materials 

Folder 14: Oral history interview list 

Folder 15: AV Materials 

Charles G Striker memorial disk 

Leon Rocamora and Skip Pearlman, Asheville Jewish Business Forum 

Materials Related to Germany 

Folder 16: Regensburger Marien-Kalendar, 1892 

Folder 17: Reichs-Kalendar, 1940 

Folder 18 Program for returning Berlin emigres, 1999 

Assorted Documents and Photographs 

Folder 19: Photo - Samuel Charles and Nettie Mashiter and release form 

Folder 20: Photo - Cone's Prosperity Mills 

Folder 21: Asheville Citizen-Times 125th Anniversary Section June 2, 1995 

Folder 22: Autographs (Marlene Dietrich, Bruce DJ, Lenny Levine) 

Folder 23: College for Seniors (Reuter Center) 

Folder 24: Lewis Department Store 38th Anniversary Sale 

Folder 25: "Remembering Prof. Simon Benninga" 30 August 2015 

Folder 26:Temple of the High Country - Schaefer Jewish Community Center 

Folder 27: Charlie Justice and others - Clipping 1-2-52 

Folder 28:Dorb and Book wedding announcement 

Folder 29:Official Picture of Leni Sitnick as Mayor of Asheville - 1997 and Donor Agreement 

Folder 30: Dr. I. Nelson I. Bell article on Segregation and Integration 

Folder 31: Letter to Sharon concerning Independence of the State of Israel 

Folder 32: Davison's Salesman's Book copies 

Folder 33: Hebrew Section of Oakdale Cemetery map 

Folder 34: Postcard "Main Street Looking West, Sylva, N.C. S-6" 

Folder 35: Fahrer and Cantor Photos (London; Pikes Peak; Fredericksburg, Virginia) 

Folder 36: Misc. Cards and Ads 

Folder 37: Pixy Pin-Ups Photos 

Folder 38: Holocaust Remembrance 

Folder 39: Copy of Letter from 8 year old Manny to his cousin and uncle 

Folder 40: 1961 Ad 

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Box 2 - Oversize Materials 

1962 calendar from Patton Ave. Food Store, Asheville. Photograph titled "Morning Devotion" of African-American girl holding a book may have been added later or part of the original calendar. 

Scrapbook of unknown origin containing newspaper clippings from late 1930s to early 1940s. Although some clippings cover news events in Asheville and WNC, others relate to crimes, child brides, movie stars, World War II, babies, and oddities. 

"Heft 12 Wir Bauen Auf, Juli 1934-Juli 1937". Photo news /propaganda magazine (about Austria). [In German] 

Record Album,"Taking Pride in Asheville", WSPA-TV, 1991 [Note: Special Collections does not have equipment to play the record] 

Proclamation, Days of Remembrance, City of Asheville, April 1998 

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Box 3 - 2017 Addition 

Folder 1: Unidentified Documents in Hebrew and German 

Folder 2: Down Home DVDs 2007 & 2013 

Folder 3: CD - From Cassette Tapes 

Folder 4: DVD - Wildacres 8/15/07, Glassblowers 8/16/07, Bersnteins 

Folder 5: Camp Blue Star DVDs 2007 & unknown date 

Folder 6: Matchbook 

Folder 7: 20 Photos Veritables de la Liberation de Paris 

Folder 8: Zurich Photos 

Folder 9: Huber-Serie 37 12 Original-Huber-Photos 

Folder 10: Ten Snapshots of Amsterdam 

Folder 11: Ruth Majerowicz Savoca [Aunt of Sharon Fahrer], Application for English SS & Pension [In English & German] 

Folder 12: Irma Cantor [Mother of Sharon Fahrer], Reparations [In English & German] 

Folder 13: Clippings - Berlin & Research Materials 

Folder 14: Family Store 

Folder 15: Ramdam Emails 

Folder 16: UNC Asheville Center for Jewish Studies, 35th Anniversary, March 2017 

Folder 17: Chronicles of Jewish Asheville, A History of the Jewish Community of Asheville, NC, 2015 

Folder 18: Southern Jewish Historical Society Asheville Meeting, 2012 

Folder 19: Two articles by Philip J. Bentley, later Rabbi at Agudas Israel, Hendersonville, 1985 & 1994 

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Books Donated by Sharon Fahrer 

Baker, Emilie Kip. "The Children's First Book of Poetry" [PE1117.B23 1915] 

Finkelstein, Leo. "Leo Finkelstein's Asheville and the Poor Man's Bank" [F264.A8 F56 1988] 

Gibson, J.W. and W.H. Crogman. "The Colored American: From Slavery to Honorable Citizenship" [E185.G53 1912] 

Goldsmith, Milton. "The Magic Doll: A Fairy Tale" [PZ7.G58 M34 1908] 

Hearn, Lafcadio. "The Boy Who Drew Cats", n.d. [PZ8.H653 B69 1898] 

Kaplan, Joseph. "You Can't Coach Height: Growing Up Tall, Jewish, and Free in the Mountains of WNC". [CT275.K3276 A3 2015] 

Marcus, Jacob Rader. "To Count a People: Amecian Jewish Population Date, 1585-1984". [E184.J5 M217 1990] 

Miller, Olive Beaupre. "Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children" [PS3525. I5562 S8x] 

Rawson, Albert G. et al. "What the world believes....." [BL80.W5 1888] 

Weinstein, Maurice A. "Zebulon B. Vance and "The Scattered Nation"". [E664.V2.Z42 1995] 

"The Chabad House Asheville, Lamplighters Banquet, 10 Year Dinner Tribute Journal". [BM198.54.C43 2015] 

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