D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


Charlotte Young Collection

M80.4.1-3 ; P80.4.1 ; OS80.4.1 ; A80.4.1-2

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Portrait of Charlotte Young, Charlotte Young Collection (1878-1985),
D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804

Title Charlotte Young Collection (1878-1985)
Creator Charlotte Young
Alt. Creators Pinckney Rabun Young ; Sarah Arnold Young ; Oscar Arnold Young ; Leona Young
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/young/default_young.html
Subject Keyword : 
Charlotte Young ; Olive Tilford Dargan ; Edward Garner ; Appalachian Women Educators ; Appalachian Women Writers
Subject LCSH : 
Young, Charlotte (1878-1985)
Garner, Edward
Dargan, Olive Tilford
Educators -- North Carolina -- History
Educators -- Appalachian Region -- History
Poetry -- Women authors -- Appalachian Region
Description The materials in the Charlotte Young (1878-1985) Collection, 1868-1984, consist of the correspondence of Pinckney Rabun Young, Sarah Arnold Young, Oscar Arnold Young, Leona Young and Charlotte Young. The collection contains the writings, photographs, clippings and collected realia of Charlotte Young. The collection also contains greeting cards received by Charlotte Young from 1944-1985.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Charlotte Young ; Southern Highlands Research Center
Date original  
Date digital 2001-05-29, Updated 2005-12-07 JW
Type Collection ; Text ; Image
Format 7 document boxes ; 2.5 cu. ft.
Source M80.4.1, M80.4.2, M80.4.3, P80.4.1, OS80.4.1, A80.4.1, A80.4.2
Language English
Relation Oral history of Charlotte Young in Southern Highlands Research Center Oral History Collection;  Senior Thesis of  Jennifer Neal, student at Brevard College, Appalachian Women Educators at the Turn of the Century,  thesis in UNCA Vertical File, used with permission.
Coverage temporal 1867-1984
Coverage spatial Western North Carolina
Rights No restriction. Please contact heirs regarding use of poetry.
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 93
Acquisition 1980-11 ; 1981-4
Citation Charlotte Young Collection (1878-1985), D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff, 1980, 1981 and 2001
Charlotte Young was born in Hominy Valley (now Candler, North Carolina) on June 11, 1879. She died August, 1985 at the age of 107. During her childhood Young was educated by her father Pinckney Rabun Young, who was a teacher, minister and a Civil War veteran. In 1898 she attended Carson-Newman College and spent the next 65 years as a teacher and a principal in public and private schools. Young regularly took classes and received her education degree from Western Carolina University in 1947. Young was also an author who published regular articles in the Asheville Citizen and from 1953 to 1984 published six books of poetry. Charlotte Young was instrumental in founding the North Carolina Poetry Society.
June 11, 1879 - Born in Hominy Valley, now Candler

1898 - Attended Carson-Newman College

1899 - Taught in two-teacher school at Oak Grove, Tennessee

1899 - Published a poem and a two-part story in the Baptist State Paper

1900-1901 - Taught at Oak Grove, Tennessee and attended Carson-Newman College

1902 - "Taught a short one-teacher school at Cartoogachey, near Franklin, in Macon County, North Carolina"

1903 - Taught in one-teacher school at Shortoff near Highlands, NC

1904-1905 - Taught in one-teacher school at Highlands, NC

1905-1906 - Taught in Enon Public (two-teacher school) and a Church School

1906-1907 -  Principal of Big Willow School, Henderson County, NC and taught at Rosewood High
                     School in Goldsboro, NC to help brother Oscar Arnold Young, Principal of the school
                     who had malaria.

1907- Principal of Flat Rock High School

1907-1908 - Principal and teacher at Flat Rock High School

1908-1909 - Private teacher for two families

1909-1910 - Short Session as Principal, Mills River, NC, small school "backwoods" of Cleveland

Summer 1910 -1912 - Principal of Denver High School

Summer 1911-1912 - Attended UNC-Chapel Hill and received State High School certificate

1912-1914 - Teacher of German and Art at Cullowhee Teachers and Industrial College

1914-1918 - Principal at Webster High School

1918 (Summer) - Attended summer school at NC State College at Raleigh, NC

1918-1920 - Principal of Almond High School

1920-1923 - Principal of  High School of the Masonic Orphanage in Oxford, NC

1924-1925 - Chestnut Grove, near Weaverville, NC

1925-1926 - Taught in three-teacher school near Sanford, NC

1926-1927 - Taught math at Bryson City High School

1928-1929 - Taught at Whittier High School

1930-1931 - Teacher at Clyde High School

1931-1932 - Unemployed

Spring 1933 - Taught at Alexander, French Broad High School

1933-1938 - Employed by Government "ERA" English for unemployed writers, teachers, librarians

Spring 1938 -1940- Teacher at Highlands School and Principal of Otter Creek High School

1941-1943 - Teacher of average and under-achieving children

1943-1944 - Teacher at Marshall High School in Madison County, NC

1944-1945 - Private Students at Charlotte, NC and "war work" for Southern Bell

1945-1954 - Taught at Burton Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina

1953-1954 - Taught at Estil High School in South Carolina

1954-March 1955- Knox School For Girls, Long Island, New York.

1955-1956 - Taught in New Salem, near Morganton, North Carolina

1956-1958 - Taught at The Hannah Moore Girls Academy Reistertown, Maryland

1958 -Teacher New Richmond High School Ohio (only for a few weeks because Leona was injured in
           a car accident)

1960- Taught at St. Genevieve Girl's School, Asheville, NC

1961- Taught at Barnsville High School, Ohio

1962-1963 - Private School at Bean Station, Tenn

1917-1918 - Regular Column in Sunday issue of Asheville Daily News.

1953 - Published The Heart Has Reasons

1959 - Published Speak To Us of Love

1977 - Published Thunder in Winter

1978 - Published Day of Miracles

1980 - Published Bless Your Heart

1984 -  Published [?] Humor and Haiku

August 29, 1985 - Died at age of 107


Box 1 M80.4.1  1. Young Family Papers, Folders 1-11:

The Young family papers consist primarily of correspondence to the individual members of Charlotte Young's immediate family. Correspondence to P.R. Young dates from 1867-1906, primarily letters written to P.R.Young from Sarah Arnold (later Sarah Young). Correspondence to Sarah Arnold dates from 1868-1899, primarily letters written to Sarah Arnold by P.R. Young.  Also included are letters of introduction and character references related to P.R. Young. There are also letters from Sarah to her family after her marriage to P.R. Young. Correspondence addressed to the Young family dates from 1874-1890. This includes fragments of correspondence and individual pages from multi-page letters. There are no dates or names on these fragments.
Correspondence of Oscar Arnold Young dates from 1902-1910 and consists of  letters related to Oscars A. Young's life while working his way through college.
Correspondence of Leona Young, mostly between Leona and other members of her family, dates from 1892-1958.
Financial Records of the Young Family include notes of debt and notes of payments of P.R. Young.

Box 2 M80.4.1-
 2.Papers of Charlotte Young, Folders 12-19:

This series makes up the bulk of the collection.  It contains the correspondence of Charlotte Young from 1900-1983, greeting cards from 1944-1985, letters of recommendation written on the behalf of Charlotte Young, awards and certificates received, grades, college credits, genealogical materials compiled by Charlotte Young relating to her family's history, autobiographical materials, biographical material related to Oscar Arnold Young, and Leona Young, writing, poems and music, both published and unpublished, composed by Charlotte Young, poems and writings by other people collected by Charlotte Young, and materials relating to the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Box 3 M80.4.3  3. Journals, Folders 1-6:

Journals of Charlotte Young, January 1, 1936 through October 17, 1982, sporadic with several years in each volume.

  M80.4.3  4.Notebooks of Charlotte Young, Folders 7-8:

Two notebooks containing class notes and stories collected by Charlotte Young,  many from the Cherokee.


  M80.4.3 5.Olive Tilford Dargan, Folders 9-12:

Clippings, reviews, and some correspondence related to the author Olive Tilford Dargan


  M80.4.3  6.Edward Garner, Folders 13-20:

Clippings, reviews, unpublished manuscripts, published manuscripts, and correspondence related to the author Edward Garner


  M80.4.3  7.Publications and Family Bibles, Folders 26:

Three Bibles from Charlotte Young

  M80.4.3 8.Newspaper Clippings, Folder 27:

Clippings related to Native American history and the history of western North Carolina

  OS80.4.1  9.Oversize Documents and Photographs:

Three oversize documents and one oversize photograph

  A80.4.1  10.Artifacts

A80.4.1 Artifacts:
Samples of quilts, coverlets, counterpanes and lace

A80.4.2 Artifacts:
A set of handmade dominoes, a hand fan, a letter opener, clippings of Charlotte Young's hair and two pins

  P80.4.1  11. Photographs