D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

History Club of Asheville

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
History Club of Asheville
Date [inclusive]
2.5 Linear feet  (Excluding audio cassettes)
Physical Description
Contains documents, photographs, scrapbook, and audio recordings
Location Note
Located in Special Collections, Row 6, Section 5, and oral history file drawer

Preferred Citation

History Club of Asheville Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville

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Scope and Contents

Contains the records of the History Club of Asheville. Although the club was formed in 1909, all the early records have been lost. Consequently, many materials in the collection are member's recollections of their own, and the the club's, histories. This initiative was themed "Recovering of Past", and it was prevalent in 1995-97, with a large number of documents, photographs, and recordings relating to meetings during those years. The histories sometimes recur in different parts of the collection, featuring in the scrapbook, as well as members' histories and other retrospectives. The recordings appear to have been made by Dorothy Joynes, a club member, who also created the Voices of Asheville oral history collection held in Ramsey Library. More recent materials include yearbooks/programs, photographs of meetings and picnics, and documents compiled to celebrate the club's centenary in 2009.

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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


History Club of Asheville. Date of initial donation is unknown, but further donations were received in May 2011, February 2015, and July 2015

Processing Information

Originally processed by Sallie Klipp and Helen Wykle, 2011. Reprocessed and new finding aid by Colin Reeve, February 2019

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Folder 1: Constitution 

Folder 2: History of the History Club, 1953 

Folder 3: History Club History, (2010) 

Folder 4: Resume of the History Club, 1966-1968 

Folder 5: History of the History Club, 1970-1991 

Folder 6: Club Presidents, 1909-1990 

Folder 7: Membership, 1970-1990 

Folder 8: Correspondence, (1990-2007) 

Folder 9: Meetings, 1996-2003 

Folder 10: Indexes & Supplementary Materials for Meetings, 1995-1996 

Folder 11: Program Handouts, nd [but old] 

Folder 12: Program Handouts, (1997-2009) 

Folder 13: Meetings & Membership, 1976-1994 

Folder 14: Recreating Our past, 1995-1996 

Folder 15: Yearbooks & Programs, 1939-2003 

Includes: 1939-1940, (1953-1953), 1968-1969, 1994-1995, 2000-2001, and 2002-2003 

Folder 16: Programs, 2006-2015 

Includes: 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 

Folder 17: 100 Year Celebration 

Members' summaries of Asheville history 1909-2009 

Folder 18: Newspaper Clippings, 1979-2015 

Folder 19: Funerals [of Members], 1993-2000 

Folder 20: Photo album of members, pages removed from binder. Photos show members at meetings during 1995/96. Most are dated and captioned 

Folder 21: Photo album of photos of homes of members and presidents, pages removed from binder. Photos are not dated, but President's terms date back to 1922 

Folder 22: Photos of members, 1993-96, and 1996 picnic. 24 color prints 4.75" x 3.5". Members shown: Gladys Sandberg, Ethyl Susa, Charlotte Derrough, Joan Roderick, Anne Paine, Marjorie Post, Gene Sullivan, Lib Emily, Vivian Strikeleather, Sarah Yarmany, Shirley Kern, Margaret Dowdie, Jane Broadbrook, Susan Shafer, Barbara Kelleher, Nancie Arney, Liz Krenger, Margaret Lawson, Jean Steitz, Dorothy Joynes, Laura Abbot, Eloise Eaton, and Susan Shafer 

Folder 23: Photos of Meetings & Picnics, (1996-2014) 

Unidentified event, December 1996. 10 prints, index print, 24 negatives 

Unidentified and undated History Club meeting. 6 prints 

History Club meeting, November 2005. 7 prints, 27 negatives 

With Jim Hamilton, Asheville Community Theater, nd. 4 prints, 24 negatives 

Picnic, 2014. 7 prints 

Unidentified and undated meetings. 3 prints 

Picnic at Charlotte Derrough's home, nd 

Box 2 

Scrapbook documenting History Club history 1909 - 1966, 39 pages plus inserts, including typed narratives, clipping, and photographs of club presidents and events. Copies of some narratives are also included elsewhere in the collection, 

Yearly summaries, 2009 - 2015. Photographs, clippings, and text pasted on 17" x 11" cards. Specifically includes: 

2009-2010, 2 sheets of photographs, typed text, and yearbook 

2010-2011, 2 sheets of photographs, typed text, and history of the Melange Inn 

2013 - 2014, 1 sheet with two photos and yearbook 

2014 - 2015, 2 sheets of photos, text, and obituary for Fran McKeighan 

Oral History Files Drawer 

Audio recordings of History Club meetings [Cannot be copied] 

1: Meeting, 10/6/1995, 4 audio cassettes 

2: Meeting, 11/3/1995, 4 audio cassettes 

3: Life Stories, 1/5/1996, 7 audio cassettes 

4: Meeting, 2/9/1996, 4 audio cassettes 

5: Meeting, 3/1/1996, 4 audio cassettes 

6: Meeting, 4/12/1996, 4 audio cassettes 

7: Meeting, 5/3/1996, 4 audio cassettes 

Other Recordings (by Dorothy Joynes) [Cannot be copied] 

8: Jewish Voices of WNC, JoAnne Edwin, 10/4/1991, 1 audio cassette 

9: Jewish Voices of WNC, Juliens Winner, 10/4/1991, 1 audio cassette 

10: Jewish Studies, Morris Kaplan, 10/16/1991, 1 audio cassette 

11: Jewish Studies, David Sheelman, 2/1991, 1 audio cassette 

12: Meeting, Women International League for Peace and Freedom, Marie Colton speaking, 10/1/94, 1 audio cassette 

13: Meeting, West Asheville Preservation Society, Glenn May and Rob Neufeld, 6/8/1995, 1 audio cassette 

14: Asheville History, Part I, 3/26/1975, 1 audio cassette 

15: Asheville History, Parts II & III, nd, 1 audio cassette 

16: Asheville History, Part III, nd, 1 audio cassette 

17: Asheville History, Part IV, nd, 1 audio cassette 

18. Poem by W. Cotton Downing from "Asheville the Mountain City in the Land of the Sky." 1 audio cassette

Digital copies of audio cassettes. 35 CDs