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 4, section 3 ; 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

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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 

Asheville Organizations and People 

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 

Max Crohn / Otto Buseck / Middlemount Gardens, Significant dates regarding 

"The Family Store" project, Clippings regarding 

Investors Club, Photographs and annotated copies of trips by the 

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

Meyerson, Obituaries for Lotte and Seymour 

Robinson Optometrists, Copies of 5 photographs of building and staff of 

Jacob Rosen, Handwritten notes and emails regarding 

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

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

Jerry Sternberg, Handwritten notes from 2012 meeting with 

Dennis Winner, Transcript of 2011 sermon by 

Zionist Society of Asheville, Constitution & By-Laws, 1906 

Oral History Materials 

Oral history interview list 

AV Materials 

Charles G Striker memorial disk 

Leon Rocamora and Skip Pearlman, Asheville Jewish Business Forum 

Materials Related to Germany 

Regensburger Marien-Kalendar, 1892 

Reichs-Kalendar, 1940 

Program for returning Berlin emigres, 1999 

Photo - Samuel Charles and Nettie Mashiter and release form 

Photo - Cone's Prosperity Mills 

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

Autographs (Marlene Dietrich, Bruce DJ, Lenny Levine) 

College for Seniors (Reuter Center) 

Lewis Department Store 38th Anniversary Sale 

"Remembering Prof. Simon Benninga" 30 August 2015 

Temple of the High Country - Schaefer Jewish Community Center 

Charlie Justice and others - Photo 1-2-52 

Dorb and Book wedding announcement 

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

Dr. I. Nelson I. Bell article on Segregation and Integration 

Letter to Sharon concerning Independence of the State of Israel 

Davison's Salesman's Book copies 

Hebrew Section of Oakdale Cemetery map 

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

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

Misc. Cards and Ads 

Pixy Pin-Ups Photos 

Holocaust Remembrance 

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

1961 Ad 

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 doe not have equip 

Box 3 - 2017 Addition 

Unidentified Documents in Hebrew and German 

Down Home DVDs 2007 & 2013 

CD: From Cassette Tapes 

DVD: Wildacres 8/15/07, Glassblowers 8/16/07, Bersnteins 

Camp Blue Star DVDs 2007 & unknown date 


20 Photos Veritables de la Liberation de Paris 

Zurich Photos 

Huber-Serie 37 12 Original-Huber-Photos 

10 snapshots Amsterdam 

Books Donated by Sharon Fahrer 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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] 

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