D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


D. Hiden Ramsey Collection

M1980.5.1-4 ; P1980.5.1

Title D. Hiden Ramsey Collection
Creator D. Hiden Ramsey (1891-1966)
Subject Keyword: D. Hiden Ramsey ; flood 1916 ; floods ; Asheville, NC ; D.H. Ramsey Library ; educators ; educations ; Asheville Citizen Times ; newspapers ; Asheville Times ; reporters ; University of Virginia ; Asheville Citizen ; editing ; editors ;
Description This collection consists of Darley Hiden Ramsey's correspondence from 1911-1960, papers regarding Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools and general education, printed material regarding Western North Carolina, speech books from 1914 through 1956, and speech material gathered by Ramsey.

Also included are a series of recollections written by D. Hiden Ramsey, and his yearbook from the University of Virginia.  Sixteen audio tapes of D. Hiden Ramsey's speeches were accessioned to this collection on June 24, 1982.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor D. Hiden Ramsey ; Southern Highlands Research Center
Type Collection ; Text ; Sound
Format 5 document boxes, one document box filed with photographs
Source M80.5.1 ; M80.5.2 ; M80.5.3 ; M80.5.4 ; P80.5.1
Language English
Coverage temporal 1908-1962 ;
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC
Rights 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 descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor number 94
Acquisition 1981-03 ; 1982-06-24 ; 
Citation D. Hiden Ramsey Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804.
Processed by Special Collections staff, 1981, 1982 and 2001
Biography: Darley Hiden Ramsey was born in Gretna, Va., in 1891 and moved to Asheville in 1903 with his mother and father, Caly and Lucy Ramsey. In Asheville Ramsey served as Commissioner of Public Safety  until 1919 at which time he went to Winston Salem for a year in the same capacity. He returned to Asheville in 1920 when he became associate editor of the Citizen, the Asheville newspaper. He later became the editor of the Asheville Times (1921-1926) and then general manager of the Citizen-Times Company (1930-1954). He also served on the State Board of Education (1945-1953) and on the State Board for Higher Education (1955-1960).

He earned two degrees from the University of Virginia, an A.B (1912) in Economics and an M. A. (1913) in the same field of study. He pursued doctoral studies but never completed his degree. He was given two honorary degrees, a Doctor of Laws by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Letters by Western Carolina College. His talents were recognized in many areas and while he declined to run for any public office after 1919, he served on various committees and boards of local and state significance. The following represent the more significant appointments:

  • Western Carolina College - Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • State Board of Education (1945-1953)
  • State Board of Higher Education (1955-1960)
  • North Carolina Conference for Social Service - President (1923-1924)
  • State Planning Board - Chairman (1944-1945)
  • North Carolina Press Association - President
  • Southern Newspaper Publishers Association - Director
  • Buncombe County Sinking Fund Commission - Chairman
  • School of Journalism Foundation of North Carolina - Treasurer (1949-1953)
  • North Carolina Forestry Association  - Director
  • James G.K. McClure Education and Development Fund (Farmers Federation Fund) - Director
  • Presidential Elector for the Democratic party in 1940 and again in 1960

D. Hiden Ramsey was married to Mary Sumner in 1926.

Series One: Correspondence
M 80.5.1 1 1911 [8 items]
  2 1912 [6 items]
  3 1913 [9 items]
  4 1914-1915 [8 items]
  5 1924, 1931, 1939, 1940-1945 [13 items]
  6 1952-1954 [20 items]
  7 1955 [42 items]
  8 1956 [42 items]
  9 1957 [49 items]
  10 1958, 1960 [48 items]
Series Two: Papers
  11 Asheville City Schools [11 items]
  12 Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools [7 items]
  13 Buncombe County Schools [8 items]
  14 State Department of Public Instruction [8 items]
  15 Higher Education [22 items]
M 80.5.2 1 Sinking Fund - [Refers to the fund to salvage the city from bankruptcy following the Depression.] [4 items]
  2 Citizens Committee for the Buncombe County Schools [15 items]
  3 Address Books [2 items]
  4 Memorabilia and misc.1908-1946 [14 items]
Series Three: Printed Material
  5 Clippings and articles about Ramsey [32 items]
  6 Various publications. Selective titles include:

--A Summary of the Proposed Flood Control Plan for the French Broad Valley (TVA)
--Western North Carolina's 223 Highest Mountain Peaks
--Eastern States Archaeological Federation, Bulletin No. 17, January 1958.
--Jewish Roots in the Carolinas: A Pattern of American Philo-Semitism by Harry L. Golden published by the Carolina Israelite, Charlotte, N.C.
--The Public Library and Local Historical Sources by Christopher Crittenden, N.C. Archives and History [26 items]

  7 Smoky Mountains Hiking Club - Handbooks - 1932, 1947-1950 [3 items]
  8 Printed material re: western North Carolina [15 items]
  Selected list: --100 Favorite Trails of the Great Smokies and Carolina Blue Ridge. Carolina Mountain Club created by Bernard Elias.
    --Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee, U.S. Dept. of the Interior
    --Tours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (6 copies)
    --Tours in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    --Visitors Guide to East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    --Come to North Carolina for Historical Recreational Scenic Interest, North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development
    --Map. Pisgah National Forest (Mt. Mitchell Ranger District) North Carolina, 1938. US Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service.
    --Map. North Carolina, Sandy Mush Quadrangle, 183 NE,. U.S. TVA Maps and Surveys Division
    --Map. North Carolina-Tennessee - Mount Mitchell Quadrangle, USGS, 1932
    --Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, USDA Forest Service, 1940.
Series Four: Speeches
M 80.5.3 1 Speech book: 1914-1919 [4 items]
  2 Speech book: 1915-1917 [4 items]
  3 Speech book: 1916-1919 [1 item]
  4 Speech book: 1916-1918 [2 items]
  5 Speech book: 1928 [1 item]
  6 Speeches: 1941-1956 [8 items]
  7 Speeches: undated [3 items]
M80.5.4 1 Lectures at Asheville-Biltmore College: 1962 [12 items]
  2 Humor and quotations for speech material [about 50 items]
Series Five: Writings
  3 Writings: Misc. [4 items] Includes
  4 Recollections [7 items]
  5 Recollections [1 item]
  6 Recollections [1 item]
  7 Recollections [1 item]
  Book  Corks and Curls 1913 (Yearbook of University of Virginia) [1 item]
Series Six : Audio Tapes
  1 Sixteen audio tapes of D. Hiden Ramsey's speeches were accessioned to this collection on June 24, 1982. [Note that the original tapes numbered 17 and are the history lecture tapes recorded of D. Hiden Ramsey. Notes from John S. Stevens who transcribed the lectures, notes that the set included the following:

Tapes 1-8 WNC History Lectures from February to May of 1962.

Tapes from WNC History Lectures one year later (c.1963).

    Tape #1  
    Pen and Plate Club Paper based on D. Hiden Ramsey Lectures.
Series Seven: Film/DVD
  Film Dedication of D. Hiden Ramsey Library
  DVD Copy of film of "Dedication of D. Hiden Ramsey Library"