D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Jeannette and Irving Reuter Collection


"Janet and Irving Reuter" [reu019_mod], D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville

Title Jeannette and Irving Reuter
Creator  Irving Reuter
Alt. Creator Jeanette (Janet) Reuter
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/reuter_irving_janet/default_reuter.htm
Subject Keyword : Jeanette Reuter ; Janet Reuter ;  Irving Reuter ; Reuter Center,  UNCA ; philanthropy ; automobiles ; dogs ;  horses ; architecture ; Medovue ; weddings ;
Subject LCSH: Reuter, Jeannette (1886-1984)
Reuter, Irving (1885-1972)
Janirve Foundation
Endowments -- Finance
Endowments -- North Carolina
General Motors Corporation -- History
Description A small group of photographs and documents of Jeannette and Irving Reuter that cover years living in Michigan. Includes photographs of family members at a wedding and of Medovue, their family home, as well as notes created by Irving Reuter detailing the chronology of significant events in his family history and personal life.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library,  Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Contributor [niece of Jeannette and Irving Reuter]
Date digital 2012-07-27
Type collection ; text ; image
Format virtual collection ; 1 DVD with images
Source M2012.08.01
Language English
Relation Is related to Jewish Heritage in Western North Carolina collections, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville ; Lucy Mae Harrison Oral History ; Irving Jacob Reuter [Wikipedia] ; Reuter Center UNCA ; Philanthropy News Digest ;
1920s - 1940s
Asheville, NC ; Eaton Rapids, MI
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 Sharon Fahrer
Acquisition 2012-07-27
Citation Jeannette and Irving Reuter Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina  Asheville
Biography/ History Irving Jacob Reuter grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met and married Jeannette (or Janet) on Feb. 24, 1909. He was an executive with the General Motors Corporation, who was named general manager and president of Oldsmobile in 1925

In 1927 at Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Reuter and his wife, Janet Reuter (18861984), built a lavish country home they called Medovue. Some photographs of the estate are seen in this collection. The Reuters resided there from 1928 to 1935 and hosted many prominent members of American business and automotive companies. In 1935, Irving retired at the age of 50, where after he and Jeannette lived in Florida, and then moved to Asheville, NC in 1937. Irving and Jeannette remained in North Carolina until Irving passed away in 1972, and Janet followed in 1984.

In accordance with their wishes, their estate was used to found the Janirve Foundation, a philanthropic group whose name was derived from the combination of their first names. In 2005, there were 78 organizations that received grants in nine different categories that include Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Community Projects, Education, Environment, Healthcare and Shelter, Social Services, and Miscellaneous. The University of North Carolina  Asheville has been the recipient of large grant funds as well, resulting in the Reuter Center for Creative Retirement, which has since been re-titled the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning. The Janirve Foundation was disbanded in 2012, though a legacy fund ensures established recipients will continue to receive funding. During the course of its existence, the foundation contributed over $100 million to local organizations.

Processed by Special Collections staff, 2012 Laura Gardner;
Last update 2013-04-02


PHOTOGRAPHS [virtual collection and on DVD]
reu001 "At Grandma Pearl's wedding"
reu002 "Grandma Pearl's wedding"
reu003 "At Grandma Pearl's wedding"
reu004 "Aunt Janet and Uncle Irving at Grandma Pearl's wedding"

reu005 "Aunt Janet and Uncle Irving"
reu006 "Aunt Janet and Wilma Pearl"

reu007 "Aunt Janet, Wilma and Grandma"


reu008 "Grandma Pearl and Wilma Pearl"
reu009 "Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Irving"

reu010 "GM Crew"
reu011 "Aunt Janet and chauffeur"
reu012 "Aunt Janet"

reu013 "Road trip car"
reu014 "Uncle Irving and dog in car"
reu015 "Gates of Medovue"
reu016 "Medovue"
reu017 "Uncle Irving on horse outside Medovue"
reu018 "Uncle Irving on horse"
reu019 "Aunt Janet and Uncle Irving"
reu020 "Uncle Irving's notes"

[Includes birth and death dates for family members]