D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

George W. McCoy Collection

M78.1.1 ; M78.1.2

Title George W. McCoy Collection
Creator George W. McCoy
Alt. Creator George W. McCoy Family
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/mccoy_george_w/default_mccoy_george.html
Subject Keyword George W. McCoy ; integration ; segregation ; race relations ; "New South" ; Lola McCoy ; Luther H. Hodges ; Rupert Bayliss Vance ; Asheville public library; D. Hiden Ramsey ; Thomas Love ; Robert A. Love ; Nannie Tennant ; Charles McCoy ; Mebane family ; Scott family ; Herbert family ; genealogy ;
Subject LCSH McCoy, George W.
Love, General Thomas
Love, Robert A.
Hodges, Luther H.
Vance, Rupert Bayliss
Asheville (N.C.) -- Newspapers
Asheville Citizen (Asheville, N.C. : 1900)
Asheville Times
Race relations -- North Carolina -- Asheville
Asheville (N.C.) -- Race relations
Buncombe County (N.C.) -- Genealogy
Haywood County (N.C.) -- Genealogy
Description This collection contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other material, with a special focus on race relations and integration issues. Also includes, documents related to McCoy's role as a member of the Library Board for Asheville Public Library, documentation pertaining the the estate of George McCoy and other relations, and genealogical records for McCoy, Love, Scott, Mebane and Herbert families
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina Asheville
Contributor Southern Highlands Research Center
Date 2001-04-22
Type Collection ; Text
Format 1.5 cu. ft. ; 2 manuscript boxes
Source M78.1.1-2
Language English
Relation Heritage of Black Highlanders ; Harry Weaver Love collection ; McCoy-Love Family Papers, 1774-1970 and undated. [ 12.3 Linear Feet ; ca. 9,210 Items]  Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
Coverage 1934-1961 ; Western North Carolina ; Asheville, NC ; Middlesboro, KY
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 Donor number 39
Acquisition 1978-01-29
Citation George W. McCoy Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff, 1979, 2002 and 2010-11
Last update 2010-10-31 ; 2011-11-12

George William McCoy (1901-1962) was born in Dillsboro, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina, 1919-1922, and the University of Chicago, 1926-1928, from which he received a Ph.B. McCoy joined the staff of the Asheville (N. C.) Citizen in 1924. He was editor of the Citizen from 1955 to 1961, and published several pamphlets on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including the Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Asheville: The Inland Press, 1935. He died February 11, 1962.

Box Folder Description
M78.1.1 1 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1943-1955 (13 items)
  2 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1956 (28 items)
  3 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1957 (36 items)
  4 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1958 (36 items)
  5 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1959 (36 items)
  6 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1960 (103 items)
  7 Newspaper clippings on race and integration: 1961 (5 items)
  8 Printed material published by the Southern Regional Council between 1955 and 1960 ; primarily, copies of New South magazine, but an address by Gov. LeRoy Collins of Florida, and a review of the coverage racial issues by the press are also included in the collection
  9 Miscellaneous publications on segregation and integration. (8 items)
  10 Manuscript of Story of the First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina 1794 - 1951 written by George W. McCoy, 1951, draft, 66 leaves; additionally there are what seems to be 4 sheets of galley-proof corrections.  (2 items) 

[Published book shelved in Special Collections reading room BX9211.M15 F5]

  11 Miscellaneous notes, the majority handwritten, covering the history of North Carolina and Virginia with particular emphasis on the Revolutionary War  [These may be research for the genealogical records in this collection]  ; two newspaper clippings regarding recording of Buncombe Co. history and "right to work" laws (33 items)
  12 Personal papers 1957 - 1962, primarily dealing with the death of Nannie Tennent, McCoy's aunt, including correspondence with his uncle Charles McCoy, who was the administrator of the estate. There is also correspondence and obituary notices regarding the subsequent death of Charles McCoy in January 1962. (28 items)
  13 Miscellaneous personal papers, including tax returns and correspondence to Lola McCoy after her husband's death in 1962. There is also a series of letters to Lola from an Aunt Pearl and other miscellany. (40 items)
M78.1.2 1 Estate papers, primarily of George McCoy, 1962, but there are a few of Mrs. Marvin McCoy, 1956. (27 items)
  2 Documents covering aspects of the North Carolina economy, including an address by Governor Luther Hodges and an interview with Rupert Bayless Vance (5 items)
  3 Documents relating to McCoy's appointment to the Library Board of Asheville Public Library, including minutes of Board meetings where the use of the library by all citizens was discussed. Also included are newspaper articles covering, a profile of D. Hiden Ramsey and, the sale of letters from Thomas Wolfe, found in McCoy's house in 1978. (27 items)
  4 Photograph of Mr. Harry Love and Federal Judge Wilson Warlick of Newton (1 item)
  5 Books and pamphlets on integration, desegregation, race relations, with an emphasis on schools and education (17 items)
  6 Genealogy.(3 items)
Primarily, notes and jottings of the Scott; Herbert; Mebane families, although there is also some regarding the McCoy, Kerr, Graves, Roberson families.
Scott folder (52 pages)
Herbert folder (27 pages)
Mebane and others folder (38 items)
  7 48 page booklet on General Thomas Love, by Robert A. Love. 
Thomas Love (1766 - 1844) was a soldier, legislator and major land owner who played a significant role in the development of western North Carolina. McCoy was related to the Love family through his wife Lola. (2 items).

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