D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Edgar M. Lyda Collection
M1979.09

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Edgar M. Lyda Collection
ID
M1979.09
Date [inclusive]
1921-1928
Extent
0.8 Linear feet  ; 2 boxes
Physical Description
Contains documents, architectural plans and drawings, and photographs.
Location
Located in Special Collections Row 8, Section 1
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Edgar M. Lyda Collection, D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

Edgar M. Lyda was born 5 March 1874 at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. His parents were William Brownlow Lyda and Sarah Jane Burgin Lyda. After moving to western North Carolina, Edgar attended Weaver College, today known as Brevard College, in Brevard, NC. Until 1898, he was engaged in farming, then clerked in a local general store from 1898 to 1904. In June of 1904 he became a police officer and retained this position until 1912. In 1912 he took on the responsibilities of auditor for Buncombe County and in December of 1923 he resigned this post to become Chairman of the Buncombe County Commissioners and Finance Commissioner for the county. He retained this appointed position until 1 December 1928.

He was member of the Masonic Order, Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, Knights of Pythias, the Civic-Optimist Club and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

Lyda died in 1956.

[Biographical information derived from Edgar M. Lyda's submission to The Mayflower Publishing Co., Inc. Lenox Building., Washington, DC D-NC No.135, for Who's Who in the South, 1927]

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal papers and business items belonging to Edgar M. Lyda (1873-1956), who was city mayor of Asheville. The collection includes items relating to the building of the Buncombe County Courthouse, including construction bids, designs, blueprints, and photographs. Also included are building plans, architectural drawings and photographs of Asheville city buildings, including the Asheville City Hall, designed by Douglas Ellington. There are also papers and pamphlets related to local clubs, including the Ku Klux Klan, Optimist Club, Knights of Pythias and Centenary Methodist Church.

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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
speccoll@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.

Donor

Barbara Thomas, granddaughter of Edgar Lyda

Processing Information

Collection processed by Special Collections staff, 1979, 2001 and 2004. New finding aid by Cassie Crowe, 2016

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

Lyda Collection (1 of 10): Personal Papers 1921-1927(May) 

Letter to Lyda requesting references to Burgins/Brandons ancestry 8/16/17 or 27 

Letter to Lyda from H.E. Gruver of Asheville Music Festival Association, Inc. 7/28/21 

British Money Order for 8 Shillings 2/24/22 

Letter to Lyda on request for campaign funds for "Mr. Weaver" 10/30/22 

Letter to J.M. Geary from Superintendent of Construction of Care U.S. Veteran's Hospital, Oteen, NC 3/2/23 

Letter to J.M Geary from E.W. Grove on Battery Park Hotel Construction 9/30/24 

Letter to J.M. Geary from F.S. Terry, V.P. of General Electric Company 10/29/24 

Letter of Recommendation on behalf of J.M. Geary from R.H. Hunt Co. to those interested. 3/20/25 

Handwritten letter to Lyda on missing man reported to live in Asheville 12/10/26 

Letter from Howell (nephew?) to Lyda looking for work in Asheville 12/27/26 

Letter to Lyda from Big Horn County Bank on overdue payment to J.D. and Mary Murray 12/29/26 

Telegram to Lyda from Inez in Baltimore, M.D. 1/10/27 

Letter to E.L. Kelly Jr., Cashier, Big Horn County Bank from Lyda on Murray payment 1/15/27 

Letter to Murrays from Lyda apologizing for delay in payment 1/22/27 

Postcard to Lyda on pasture work 2/4/27 

Handwritten letter to Lyda from M.M. Metcalf asking for financial help with medical bills 2/3/27 

Response to Metcalf from George H. Bramlett, Purchasing Agent 2/4/27 

Weekly Statement to Lyda from Majestic Hotel and Bath House 2/6/27 

Chain "Good Luck" Letter to Lyda from F.L. Condor 2/7/27 

Chain "Good Luck" Letter to Lyda from T.M. Howerton 2/11/27 

Weekly Statement to Lyda from Majestic Hotel and Bath House 2/13/27 

Letter to Lyda from Mayflower Publishing Co. on preparation of entry into "Who's who in the South" 

Letter of condolences to John B. Evans from Lyda on loss of relative, Sol Evans 2/22/27 

Letter of thanks to Carl Bamford from Lyda on complimentary pass to the theatre 2/22/27 

Letter to Mayflower Publishing from Lyda on biographical sketch 3/10/27 

Letter to Detroit Body & Fender Works from Lyda on invoice 4/5/27 

Handwritten to Lyda from Earl Hollingsworth on Commencement for Asheville Community Schools 4/6/27 

Letter to General Motors Acceptance Corpn. from Lyda on failure to send notice 4/8/27 

Letter to Ronald Greene from Lyda on receipt from Detroit Body & Fender Works 4/8/27 

Letter to J.M. Geary from V.P. of Western Carolina Auto Company on construction of building 4/14/27 

Letter to Lyda from E.A. (Gus) Smith 4/2/27 

Letter to Lyda from B.J. Griffin, Assist. Treasurer, Asheville Supply & Foundry Co. on invoice 4/27/27 

Letter to Lyda from Sale & Pennell Attorneys at Law on search for property title 4/28/27 

Letter to Margaret Whittington from Lyda on deed of trust 5/9/27 

Letter to State Auditor Baxter Durham from Lyda on book search 5/77/27 

Letter from State Auditor Durham to Lyda on book search 5/16/27 

Letter to E.A. Smith from Lyda 5/24/27 

Letter to R.A. Doughton, Commissioner, NC Dept. of Revenue from Lyda on application renewal 5/30/27 

Letter to Lyda from E.C. Greene, Chairman of Asheville Municipal Golf Course on complimentary season pass 6/3/27 

Letter to Miss Bonnie Lyda 6/19/27 

Lyda Collection (2 of 10): Personal Papers 1927(June) - 1928 

Letter to Lyda from Mrs. Martin Rickman on damage to property due to highway construction 7/3/27 

Handwritten note from B. Pennell(?) 7/7/27 

Letter to Karl L. Jones from Asheville Morris Plan Company on overdue balance 7/14/27 

Letter to Associated Charities from Lyda on utilites bill 8/1/27 

Letter to Dr. M.C. Millender from Lyda on due interest 9/12/27 

Letter to Mrs. C.H. Stelling from Lyda on Burgin ancestry 9/12/27 

Letter to Lyda from P.M. Greene on order from Atlanta Wollen Mills 9/13/27 

Telegram to Mr. & Mrs W.G. McDowell from Lyda family wishing a happy anniversary 9/19/27 

Letter from Lyda to L.E. Briggs on tax notice 9/20/27 

Letter from YMCA on renovations 9/30/27 

Letter requesting Lyda's presence at Halloween banquet - no date 

Letter to John H. Cathey from Lyda on check for purchase 10/3/27 

Newsletter to Wallace B. Davis, Pres. Central Bank and Trust from F.L. Seely 10/18/27 

Handwritten letter to Lyda from John Maney on request of payment 10/23/27 

Letter to John J. Maney from Lyda on receipt for payment 10/24 

Letter of appreciation to Lyda from "Irene and Dallie" for hospitality 11/9/27 

Letter to Lyda from C. B. Webb, Pres. Webb Motor Company on request of payment 11/11/27 

Letter to C.F. Meadows from Lyda on satisfaction with PREMIER heating plant 

Letter to Lyda from L.E. Shepherd on advertising Shepherd Real Estate 11/17/27 

Letter to Lee, Ford & Coxe from Lyda on enclosed check 11/17/27 

Letter to Lyda from Don Elias, Publisher of Asheville Times on dinner invitation at George Vanderbilt Hotel 11/18/27 

Letter to Roscoe A Marvel from Harllee Branch with attached clipping on new seats for Tech-Georgia 11/18/27 

Telegram to Prof A.H. Armstrong from Roscoe Marvel on reservation of seats 11/21/27 

Letter to Mayflower Publishing from Lyda on refund 11/26/27 

Letter to Lyda from Mayflower Publishing on refund 11/29/27 

Letter to Harllee E. Branch from Roscoe Marvel on authorization of delivering tickets to Lyda 12/1/27 

Letter to Lyda from Miss Pearl Anderson on promotion of Rock Products publication 12/13/27 

Letter to Lyda from Roger Miller, Manager of Asheville Chamber of Commerce on retirement gift for President 12/14/27 

Letter to Lyda from R.V. Self, Pres. of Camp View on donation for tabernacle 12/14/27 

Handwritten letter to Lyda form Charlie Sluder on invitation to Christmas party and closing exercises at Leicester school 12/15/27 

Letter to Lyda from Ed Glenn on request of support for Democratic Sen. James A. Reed of Missouri as a Presidential Candidate 12/27/27 

Letter to Rev. R.V. Self from Lyda on tabernacle donation 12/19/27 

Letter to Pearl Anderson from Lyda response on Rock Products publication 12/19/27 

Letter to Lyda from O. Max Gardner on declining invitation 12/19/27 

Holiday greetings and well wishes to Lyda from Don Elias 12/22/27 

Letter to Roger Miller from Lyda on information on driving from NYC to Asheville 12/27/27 

Political Letter from "Independent" 1/9/28 

Telegram to Lyda from T.Y. Milburn on delay 1/29/28 

Handwritten letter to Lyda from M.C. Millender 2/3/28 

Letter to Lyda from Ray Moore on Moore's accident 2/16/28 

Letter to Lyda from Plato Ebbs on pledge payment 4/2/28 

Handwritten letter to Lyda from M.C. Millender 2/3/28 

Certificate of tax sale of property from state of NC, Buncombe County, City of Asheville to Lyda paid in full on 8/21/28 

Letter to Lyda from Marion Crowell Case on lost election as Chairman of Bun. Co. Commissioners 11/9/28 

Lyda Collection (3 of 10): Personal Papers - Organizations involved in 

Letter to Lyda from Pastor G.A. Stamper of Centenary Methodist Church 11/30/27 

Response letter to Pastor Stamper from Lyda 12/5/27 

Postcard to Lyda from W. Burt, Secretary 8/13/27 

Letter to Geo. Lovell form B.H. Taylor 10/22/26 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias response letter to B.H. Taylor from Geo. E. Lovell 10/23/26 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Letter to Lyda form Geo. E. Lovell on dues receipt 12/15/26 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Letter to Lyda from Grand Chancellor C.W. Coghill 2/3/27 

Response letter to C.W. Coghill on Lyda's vacation from purchasing agent 2/4/27 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias letter to Lyda from C.W. Coghill requesting info on Asheville Lodge membership 3/26/27 

Letter to C.W. Coghill from Lyda on Lodge membership 4/6/27 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias to Lyda from C.W. Coghill on reply 4/28/27 

Letter to George E. Lovell on annual receipt 6/5/27 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias letter to Lyda from Geo E. Lovell, Grand Keeper Records and Seal, on lodge members and password 6/7/27 

Supreme Lodge Knights of Pythias Proclamation 8/24/27 

Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias notice of proclamation from J. Fred Brower. Jr 9/13/27 

Notice to Contractors Oct (?) 1927 

Address delivered 6/16/27 by J. Fred Brower Jr., Grand Chancellor of Knights of Pythias of NC 

Report to Lyda from Pisgah Lodge 32 Keeper of Records and Seals on membership 10/18/27 

Letter to O. Max Gardner from Lyda on joint ceremony 12/16/27 

Handwritten letter to Lyda from Philip R Moale on meeting 3/7/28 

Letter on photo of founder 

Letter from Grand Dragon or the Realm of NC KKK inviting Lyda to attend lecture on "Americanism" 8/15/28 

Letter from G.H. Whittaker Sec. Treas. of NC Carpenters State Council 8/16/27 

Optimist Letter to Lyda from H.B. Leavitt on program attendance 4/11/27 

Optimist Letter to Lyda from H.B. Leavitt on dues 5/23/27 

Optimist Letter to Lyda from Leavitt on meeting 6/20/27 

Optimist letter to Lyda from Leavitt on report from delegates on annual convention 7/11/27 

Optimist letter to Lyda from Leavitt on meeting 7/18/27 

Optimist letter to Lyda from Leavitt on meetings 8/1/27 

Optimist letter to Lyda from Leavitt on meetings 8/15/27 

Optimist letter to Lyda from Leavitt on meetings 8/29/27 

Optimist Club of Asheville notice of unpaid dues from Leavitt 

Lyda Collection (4 of 10): Business Papers, 1923-1928 

Telegram via Western Union from Burgin Pennell to Lyda on trip to Raleigh ; on back draft of Lyda letter to NC Rep. Harry L Nettles in response to Pennell's telegram 2/8/1927 

Democratic Party Official General Primary Ballot 4/26/1927 

Letter to Lyda from J.W. McCrary, automotive dealer on price quote 5/4/1927 

Letter of appreciation for services as judge in Bun. Co. Seal Contest to Lyda on behalf of Buncombe County Commissioners 5/5/1927 

Letter to Lyda from M. Lipinsky granting permission of use of vacant lots owned by Lipinsky to County Commissioners for tourists 

Letter to Lyda from C.W. Weaver granting permission to County Commissioners to use vacant lot on corner of Hilliard St. 5/13/1927 

Letter to Lyda from L. Pachner granting permission to County to use vacant lots 5/17/1927 

Letter of thanks to Lyda from Alice Bradley, principal of Miss Farmer's School of Cookery and Cooking Editor of Woman's Home Companion, for tour of Asheville by Lyda and the American Home Economics Association 6/27/1927 

Letter to Lyda from J.H. Enwright, manager of the Langren on dinner invitation to plan for Motorcade from New Orleans to Quebec and Montreal 7/22/1927 

Letter to Lyda from S.P. Mears, of Ladies' and Men's Furnishings in protest of county tax rate 

Letter to Lyda from Roy F. Ebbs, Cashier at Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, on conversion of property near Vanderbilt Hotel into parking space 8/18/1927 

Letter to Lyda form Coleman Zageir soliciting Lyda's patronage of The Man Store in preparation for his departure with the Asheville Chamber of Commerce on a goodwill tour of the Midwest 8/27/1927 

Letter to Lyda from S.O. Bradley, Representative of The American Oil Pump and Tank Co., asking for help finding his wife a job working in the courthouse 9/24/1927 

Response letter to S.O. Bradley from Lyda with regrets that there are no positions 9/28/1927 

List of Road Overseers 9/30/1927 

Letter to Lyda from Hugh Miller of The Hugh Miller Company, sales agent and distributors of Morton's Salt 10/23/1927 

Response letter to Hugh Miller from Lyda 10/18/1927 

Letter to Lyda from Roscoe A Marvel, manager of Kenilworth Inn, inviting Lyda to dinner 10/28/1927 

Letter to Lyda from C.H. Trowbridge, President of Weaver College, on football game between Waver and Rutherford College with complimentary pass 11/2/1927 

Letter to Lyda from S.P. Mears in protest of "raised salaries and extravagance prevalent" in Asheville and Bun. Co. 11/4/1927 

Letter of appreciation to Lyda from Frank A. Barber to Lyda for help with recent campaign 11/5/1927 

Handwritten letter to Lyda form Dr. T.B. McLeod on "intolerable condition of the road leading up from Skyland [NC] to our residence" 12/6/1927 

List of Registrars 1928 

Letter to Lyda form Dr. M.C. Millender to Lyda on interest payments(?) 1/7/1928 

Letter from Lyda to Register of Deeds on deed to a tract of land in Henderson Co. conveyed to Lyda by G.A. Briggs and wife 2/4/1928 

Letter to Judge J. Frazier Glenn from Geo. E. Evans who writes regarding a proposal to make a roadway across his property, is "very sorry that it will be impossible . . . to grant permission to cross my property . . ." 3/2/1928 

Letter to Board of County Commissioners from James G. K. McClure, President of Farmers Federation, Inc., requesting the closure of "the old road lying just north of the point at which the Marshall and Weaverville highways intersect . . ." 3/12/1928 

Letter to Wm. C. Hendricks, Secretary of Citizens & Taxpayers League of Bun. Co. from A.D. Closson, Assist Cashier of Farmers & Traders Bank offering an appraisal of the work done by Lyda and the Board of Commissioners 3/28/1928 

Telegram via Western Union to NY Gov. Alfred E. Smith on vacation in Asheville 4/4/1928 

Tax receipt, City of Asheville, Payment made by Edgar M. Lyda on behalf of W. A. Murray. 8/20/1928 

Letter from Mrs. L. L. Lockwood to "Buncombe County Officials," 8/22/1928 

"Speech by the Tax Payers League and the Republican Party," and Speech by T. S. Rollins expressing concern with building projects, spending and taxation undertaken by officials of Buncombe County, including Edgar M. Lyda 9/21/1928 

Letter from C.B. Gibson to the Buncombe County Commissioners, applying for a position in water and sewer maintenance 10/1/1928 

"Lots West Side of Coxe Ave.," undated 

Report of the Board of Commissioners, with remarks made concerning the advantages to be gained from the construction of Biltmore Junior College in Buncombe County. undated 

"Meeting of Board of Commissioners" notice, concerning the prisoner Scott Dillingham undated 

Lyda Collection (5 of 10): Business Papers - Buncombe County Courthouse and City Building, 1926-1928 

Copy of "Joint Meeting of City and County Commissioners in re Court House and City Hall Grounds, etc.," Minutes of the proceedings of a joint meeting held by and between the County and City Commissioners, in the office of the Mayor 7/6/1926 

"To the President of the Chamber of Commerce," states that plans for the City Hall should not be accepted until plans for both City Hall and Courthouse are drawn up in joint project 8/25/1926 

Letter to Lyda from Henry Bannon, Chairman of Court House Building Commission in Portsmouth, Ohio on courthouse decorations 10/8/1926 

Letter from Pittsburgh architect, Douglas D. Ellington, to the Commissioners of Buncombe County on sketches of county buildings 11/4/1926 

Letter from local architect, Ronald Greene, to the Commissioners of Buncombe County on project hires 12/9/1926 

Letter from William J. East to the Commissioners of Buncombe County, congratulating them on selecting an architect for project 1/3/1927 

Letter from Pittsburgh architect, Douglas D. Ellington, to the Commissioners of Buncombe County reacting to news that he was not picked as architect of the County Building 

Daily Bulletin issued by the Manufacturers Record Publishing Company, with posting on project 2/19/1927 

Telegram from Burgin Pennell to Plato Ebbs on courthouse bill 2/21/1927 

Telegram via Western Union from NC Governor A. W. McLean to Edgar M. Lyda on meeting 3/12/1927 

Telegram via Western Union from Milburn, Heister & Co. to Edgar M. Lyda 3/17/1927 

Copy of telegram from Milburn, Heister & Co. to Edgar M. Lyda, 3/17/1927 

Newspaper Clipping from the Asheville Citizen, "Read 'Em and Weep---With Mayor Cathey" Contains two pictures for the County Courthouse 3/17/1927 

Letter from T. Y. Mithren to Edgar M. Lyda on Courthouse/City Hall project progress 3/17/1927 

Letter from Milburn, Heister, and Co. to Edgar M. Lyda on design of new courthouse 3/21/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Milburn, Heister & Co., 3/21/1927 

Telegram via Western Union from Milburn, Heister & Co. to Edgar M. Lyda on "water color perspective" arrival 3/21/1927 

Telegram from Milburn, Heister & Co. to Edgar M. Lyda on advice from Dr. Charles Moore, Chairman of Fine Arts Commission 3/23/1927 

Letter from Burgin Pennell to H. A. Wells Construction Company enclosing bond for excavation 4/1/1927 

Letter from Harry W. Wilson, Secretary of Bricklayers Union No. 1 of NC, to Burgin Pennell on appreciation for consideration shown 4/1/1927 

Unsigned contract between Gambill Construction Company and Buncombe County, April 1927 

Unsigned contract between A. L. Gambill of Gambill Construction Company and Buncombe County, April 1927 

Blank notary public form affixed to above contract, April 1927 

Copy of blank notary public form affixed to above contract, April 1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to A. L. Gambill, C/o of Gambill Construction Co., on properly barricading the excavation for the new Court House 4/8/1927 

Handwritten cover letter from G. Gadsden Sayre to Edgar M. Lyda asking Lyda to read accompanying 5/9/1927 

Letter from architect G. Gadsden Sayre to John Laurence Mauran, Chairman of the Committee on Practice, American Institute of Architects. 5/9/1927 

Letter from E. J. Murray to Edgar M. Lyda on Behalf of Gambill Construction Co., writes in reference to the delivery of estimate checks for the courthouse excavation job. 5/12/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to E. J. Murray on receive Murray's letter 5/13/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Clyde S. Reed, C/o Asheville Construction Co., quoting letter received earlier 5/13/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to W. H. Anderson on same subject as letter to Clyde Reed 5/13/1927 

Letter from W. H. Anderson to Edgar M. Lyda requesting Lyda to hold check until settlement is made 5/14/1927 

Telegram from Edgar M. Lyda to V. P. Loftis, secretary of Associated General Contractors of America 5/27/1927 

Telegram from V. P. Loftis to Edgar M. Lyda requesting info on Maryland Casualty bid bond 5/27/1927 

"Notice to General Contractors," from Edgar M. Lyda, Announces that sealed bids for materials, labor and construction of the new Buncombe County Courthouse will be received by the Board of Commissioners at 2:00pm, 1 June 1927; May 1927 

"Notice to Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Kitchen Equipment, Laundry Equipment, Record Room Equipment, and Cell Work Contractors," from Edgar M. Lyda, contains same info as above notice May 1927 

"Schedule of Department Requirements (approximately)," undated 

"General Contract," A list of bids received by the County Commissioners; undated 

Response of the Buncombe County Commissioners to a hearing held by the Fine Arts Commission of Washington, D. C., - Argues that the Washington Commission had not impartially reviewed their case. States that the Board of Commissioners plan to hold a conference with the Asheville City Planning Commission and the county and city architects ; undated 

Estimated cost and specifications for installation of a 150,000 gallon reservoir, undated 

"Memorial Chimes Subscriptions," - List of Buncombe County employees who pledged money for the purchase of memorial chimes ; undated 

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Box 2 

Lyda Collection (6 of 10): Business Papers - Buncombe County Courthouse, 1927-1928 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Buncombe County Commissioners to receive bids for Buncombe County Court House and jail construction 6/1/1927 

Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners to award contract for excavation to Gambill Construction Co. June 1927 

Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners to accept revised design by Milburn, Heister & Co. June 1927 

Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners authorizing Chairman and Clerk of the Board "to execute contract with Angle-Blackford Company, General Contractors, Webb Electric Company, Electrical Contractors, and Sluder Brothers, Heating and Plumbing Contractors . . ." in Courthouse construction June 1927 

Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners to award contract to Pauly Jail Building Company for jail construction June 1927 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Buncombe County Commissioners, 6/2/1927 

List of Contractors Bidding on Buncombe County Courthouse, undated 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Miller Engineering Corporation returning certified check in the amount of $5,000 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the Van Dorn Iron Works Company returning certified check in the amount of $10,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to J. A. Haley & Sons, Plumbing and Heating, returning certified check in the amount of $5,000 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Howard P. Foley Co., returning certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Naiman & Greenwood, returning certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the Geo A. Fuller Co., returning certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Harry Alexander, Inc., returning certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Pumford & Pope, returning certified check in the amount of $5,000 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Mr. W. W. Dick, Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to W. G. Shivers Co., Return of two certified checks in the amount of $5,000 each, "one bond being for heating and the other for plumbing." 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Mr. Charles W. Christian, Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to H. E. Crook Co., Inc., Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Enterprise Steam and Hot Water Heating Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to J. Henry Miller, Inc., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Southern Ferro Concrete Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the Palmer-Spivey Construction Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Mr. W. P. Rose, Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to D. D. Thomas & Son, Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to John W. Cowper Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Michaels & Co., Inc., Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Mr. M. B. Haynes, Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the John M. Geary Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the Warner Service Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to the James Baird Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to J. A. Jones Construction Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Worsham Brothers, Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to J. E. Beaman Construction Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Consolidated Engineering Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Beeler & Co., Return of certified check in the amount of $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Riggs, Distler & Co., Inc., Return of two certified checks in the amount of $5,000 each. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Mr. J. L. Powers, Return of certified check in the amount of $5,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter from Edgar M. Lyda to Miller Engineering Corporation, Letter corrects the amount of the bond returned from $5,000 (as stated in previous letter to the company) to $50,000. 6/3/1927 

Letter to Board of Commissioners from Commissioner of Public Institutions [W. E. McLean] and County Attorney [Burgin Pennell] to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on visits to various courthouses and jails 6/16/1927 

Letter to Lyda from Roy E. Brown, Director of the Bureau of Institutions giving approval of Bun. Co. 8/22/1927 

Letter from L.G. Whitley, Health Inspector, to Milburn, Heister & Co. on concerns regarding Bun. Co. Jail 8/22/1927 

Letter from Lyda to L.G. Whitley acknowledging receipt of above letters 8/23/1927 

Letter from L.G. Whitley to Lyda responding to Lyda expressing approval of jail plans 8/27/1927 

Letter from L.G. Whitley to Milburn, Heister & Co. acknowledging receiving plans and approving them 8/29/1927 

"Phones for the Court House," Estimated number of telephones to be installed within the new facility. 9/20/1927 

Letter to Lyda from Lee, Ford and Coxe Law Offices on Renfro loan due the Asheville Morris Plan Company 9/26/1927 

Letter from NC Carpenter's State Council Sec.-Treas. George H. Whittaker to Edgar M. Lyda requesting payment for advertising dues 11/3/1927 

Letter from Lyda to George H. Whittaker claiming no knowledge of advertising in Carpenters' Year Book 11/4/1927 

Letter to Lyda from James G. Merrimon on committee formed to advise installation of equipment in courthouse 11/12/1927 

"Notice to Kitchen and Laundry Equipment Contractors," undated 

Two notes of receipt of certified bidders check for kitchen equipment in courthouse 12/15 & 17/1927 

Letter of thanks to Lyda from Michael Heister, of Milburn, Heister & Co., on Lyda's Christmas card 12/27/1927 

Lyda Collection (7 of 10): Courthouse and City Building Designs 

Revised blueprint of south side elevation of Buncombe County courthouse by Milburn, Heister and Co., architects, revised 9/1/1927 

Large drawing of proposed Buncombe County courthouse, artist unknown, circa 1927 Pencil sketching shows front view of courthouse with location of floors and some offices designated. 

Color draft of old City Hall site showing possible development by Buncombe County Drafting Dept., circa January 1927 

Draft of old City Hall site showing possible development by Buncombe County Drafting Board, circa January 1927 

Suggestive plan of Buncombe County courthouse site, including gardens and walkways, by architect Charles G. Tennant, circa 1927 

Lyda Collection (8 of 10): Drawings, Plans, Models, Blueprints 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plot Plan; Sheet No.1 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Sub-Basement Plan; Sheet No.2 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Basement Plan; Sheet No.3 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; First Floor Plan; Sheet No.4 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Mezzanine Floor Plan; Sheet No.5 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Second Floor Plan; Sheet No.6 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; 3rd and 4th Floor Plans; Sheet No.7 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; 5th and 6th Floor Plans; Sheet No.8 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; 7th and 8th Floor Plans; Sheet No.9 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Roof Plan; Sheet No.10 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Section; Sheet No.11 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Pack Square Elevation; Sheet No.12 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Market St. Elevation; Sheet No.13 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Spruce St. Elevation; Sheet No.14 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Left Side Elevation; Sheet No.15 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Detail, Elevation; Sheet No.16 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Basement; Sheet No.S1 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Mezzanine Floor; Sheet No.S3 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Second Floor; Sheet No.S4 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Third Floor; Sheet No.S5 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Third Floor; Sheet No.S7 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Plan of Roof; Sheet No.S8 

Plans prepared by Douglas D. Ellington, architect. City Building, Asheville, NC; Column Schedule; Sheet No. S9 

"Buncombe County Court House Drawing Showing Entrance Planting. C. G. Tennant." 

Drawing of park area in front of City Building and County Building, Asheville, NC. 

Hill Building, Washington, D.C. 

Development of old city hall site 

Preparatory Design for County Building. Milburn. Heister and Co., Architects, Washington D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, N.C. [Not executed] 

Preparatory Design for County Building. Milburn. Heister and Co., Architects, Washington D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, N.C. [Not executed], 2 copies 

Early plan for County Building (not executed) 

Douglas Ellington plan for City Building, 2 copies 

Preparatory Design for County Building. Milburn. Heister and Co., Architects, Washington D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, N.C. 

City Building Model, view 1 

City Building Model, view 2 

City Building Model, view 3 

City Building Model, view 4 

City Building Model, view 5 

Lyda Collection (9 of 10): Printed Material 

Buncombe County Road Laws 1923 [booklet] 

Buncombe County Budget Resolution, June 1, 1925 [booklet] 

Account Book; Central Bank and Trust Company; Asheville, NC; used between Aug. 1921 and Jan. 1922 [booklet] 

Suggestions for Burning Fuel, City of Asheville, undated [booklet] 

Asheville Handbook 1927, Vol. 2; Asheville Chamber of Commerce: "A Condensed Summary of Important Facts and Figures Reflecting the Resources and Development of Asheville and Buncombe County." 

The Sunday Sun, Baltimore MD, 2/13/1927 [newspaper]; Includes pictures of Asheville City Building and Buncombe Co. Courthouse. 

"Asheville, N.C., Enjoys Greatest Building Activity," 5/23/1927 [newspaper article] 

"Formal Opening of the New High School Building," 11/22/1927 

Presidency of the United States, copyright 1927 [booklet] 

Twenty-five Years of Engineering in Western North Carolina, Charles E. Waddell & Company; Asheville, NC; circa 1927 [booklet] 

First Anniversary, Radio Station WWNC, 2/21/1928 [booklet]; Includes the history of WWNC, names of staff and performers; illustrated. 

Dedication of the City Building, 3/19/1928 [booklet]; Includes information on dedication exercises, list of contractors, description of architecture, a brief history of Asheville by Gallatin Roberts, and a roster of city commissioners since 1849; illustrated. 

Directory of Public Schools in Buncombe County, 1928-29 [booklet] 

"Dedicating Buncombe County Courthouse," 12/1/1928 [booklet]; Includes information on the dedication ceremony, architects and contractors, Buncombe County commissioners, a roster of county officials, and a brief history of Buncombe County; illustrated 

Illustrated advertisement for S&W Cafeterias, undated [in 2 pieces] 

Lyda Collection (10 of 10): Photographs 

Blue Ridge Mountains 

Emma Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Job constructed 1924. Photo 1927. 

Brevard Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1927. Photo 1927. 

Bingham School Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1924. Photo 1927. 

Haw Creek Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½’ thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927 

Elk Mountain Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid by County forces no macadam base. Road constructed 1924. Photo 1927. 

Haw Creek Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid by County forces on macadam base 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927 

Haw Creek Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927 two miles of this road on 6% grade. 

Haw Creek Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927 

Long Shoals Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927 

Black Mountain Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Road constructed 1925. Photo 1927. 

Brevard Road, Buncombe County, NC. Laid on macadam base by County forces 1 ½” thick. Job constructed 1927. Photo 1927. 

Job No.11; Photo No.5; Date: 9/1/27; Buncombe County Courthouse; Milburn. Heister and Co., Architects, Washington DC; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, NC 

Black Mountain Rod and Gun Club: Seated in first row - L-R: L. B. Rogers, E. M. Lyda, C. H. (Henry) Bartlett, W. E. Johnson ; Second row - L-R: Walter Haynes, Bill (W. C.) Lyda, ? [Hayden Grindstaff?], Judge Frank Carter, T. M. Howerton. 

"Unknown individual, hand in back pocket, standing in field" 

Job No.11; Date: Nov. 7/27. Laying of Cornerstone, Buncombe County Courthouse; Milburn, Heister and Co., Architect, Washington, D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, NC 

November 7, 1927. Laying of Cornerstone, Buncombe County Courthouse; Milburn, Heister and Co., Architect, Washington, D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, NC 

November 7, 1927. Laying of Cornerstone, Buncombe County Courthouse; Milburn, Heister and Co., Architect, Washington, D.C.; Angle-Blackford Co., General Contractors, Greensboro, NC; "Gathering of architects, builders, and workers." 

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