D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives


R. Henry Scadin Collection
(1885 - 1923)

M80.1.1-5  ; P80.1.1-41 ; Map Case 

"R.H. Scadin" (rhs), R. Henry Scadin Photographic Collection (1885-1923),
D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804

Title R. Henry Scadin Collection (1885-1923)
Creator Rupert Henry Scadin
Alt. Creator Kate Scadin, wife of R. Henry Scadin
Alt. Creator Dewey Scadin, son of R. Henry Scadin  
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/photo/scadin/scadin_waterfalls/default_scadin.html
Subject Key words : R. Henry Scadin ; Dewey Scadin ; Sapphire, NC ; Benzonia, MI ; Highlands, NC ; Hendersonville, NC ; Dana, NC ; waterfalls ; Ceasar's Head, NC 
Subject LCSH : Photography, Artistic -- North Carolina
North Carolina -- Pictorial works
Landscape photography -- North Carolina
Henderson County (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Mitchell County (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Transylvania County (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Avery County (N.C.) -- Description and travel
Scadin, R. Henry, 1819-1921
Photographers -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- Biography
Photographers -- North Carolina -- Biography
Portrait photography -- Appalachian Region, Southern
Portrait photography -- North Carolina
Appalachian Region, Southern -- Pictorial works
Appalachian Mountains -- Pictorial works
Appalachian Mountains -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works
Description R. Henry Scadin was a photographer and fruit grower who spent portions of his life in Sapphire, Highlands, Hendersonville, Tryon and Dana, N.C. His photographs and diaries also document his residence in Michigan and Vermont during other periods of time, and his travels in Florida.

This collection contains approximately 1200 glass plates and 43 separate diaries kept by R.H. Scadin, his wife Kate, and their son, Dewey. The diaries cover a period from approximately 1885 through 1920. The photographs begin c.1888. Photocopies have been made of each of the original diaries and transcription of the diaries is complete, and available on the web. Glass plates are stored in boxes labeled with the runs of glass plate numbers. The original diaries and their copies are housed in the manuscript collections area (M80.1).
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Dr. Bruce Greenawalt, Southern Highlands Research Center (Originally collected by Bruce Greenawalt, Director of The Southern Highlands Research Center at the University of North Carolina at  Asheville from Mark Walters, agent for Dewey Scadin.)
Contributor Southern Highlands Research Center ; Mark Walters, agent for Dewey Scadin
Contributor Under the guidance of Bruce Greenwalt, Director of the Southern Highland Research Center at UNC Asheville, David Young and Earl Young contributed funding and labor to produce copies of the original diaries and to create contact prints for the glass plate negatives.
Date digital 2001-05-03, 2005-07-27
Date originals 1883 - 1923
Type Collection ; Image ; Text

Glass plate negatives, positive prints, photograph albums. Approximately 2500 items, 1200 glass plate negatives. 41 glass-plate negative boxes. Total collection size, including diaries, is 6 cubic ft.

Source P80.1.1-41
Language English
Relation R.H. Scadin Diaries includs 43 diaries. The diaries are in manuscript cartons M80.1.1-3. Photocopies of the diaries are located in cartons M80.1.4-5. Scadin Exhibit materials, including the R. Henry Scadin Waterfall Exhibit, are found on the Ramsey Library Exhibits page; Tryon holds a small collection of Scadin photographs that depict scenes of the region. They have been evaluated by Mike McCue, Art Advisor for the Polk Count Historical Association. His evaluation of the work is found in the Report on Scadin Holdings, Polk County Historical Association, Polk County History Museum, Tryon, N.C. ;
Coverage 1886-1923 ; Western North Carolina ; Northern Michigan ; Northern Florida. 

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 81
Acquisition 1980-02-05
Citation R. Henry Scadin Photographic Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Processed by  Mrs. Jim Perry, III cataloged the photographs for Dewey Scadin. Under the guidance of Bruce Greenwalt and the Southern Highlands Research Center, David Young and Earl Young produced copies of the original diaries and created contact prints for the glass plate negatives. Lisa Roberts, Special Collections curator in the early 1990's housed the collection in archival containers and built the original finding aid for the collection. Further research and additional annotation of the individual photographs is on-going. Lori Galloway, a senior history major, in 1999, partially researched the collection for matches of photographs with diary entries. The diaries were transcribed largely by  Special Collections staff revised records 1980 ; revised 2001 and diaries transcribed by Melissa Baldwin and Helen Wykle. Rachel Mitchell revised the finding aid in 2008 and created a Scadin web exhibit.

D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections staff, 2005 ; 2008 ; 2009

Custodial history notes :
Notes from a telephone conversation with Mrs. Jim Perry, Jr., 104 Stuyvesant Road, Asheville, N.C.  28803, as recorded by Sidney Holmes, March 10, 1982.

Dewey Scadin died in September of 1980 (?) at the age of 82 (?). He had been concerned about the disposition of this father's photographs and plates (?).  With the help of the Perry family with whom he had lived for some years, he decided to give them to the Southern Highlands Research Center at UNC-Asheville. 

Mrs. Jim Perry, III, had cataloged the photographs for Dewey. Mark Walters, a creative writing teacher at Brevard College, was given the exclusive rights to Mr. Scadin's diary and the use of his pictures for a period of three years in which time he planned to write a biography of or at least articles on Mr. Scadin. Mrs. Perry has not heard from him recently but thinks that her son has kept in touch with him. She estimates that he has approximately nine months left of his three years' rights. 

While Mr. Walters was teaching in Brevard, the College paper carried an article, prepared by Mr. Walters and his students, on Mr. Scadin. This was the winter of '80 or '79. 

When the materials were given to the Research Center, Dr. Greenawalt was the contact person. Now Dr. Milton Reddy [sic] has taken his position. [The Southern Highlands Research Center came under the administration of the D.H. Ramsey Library in 1995.] 

Mrs. Perry said that no one who knew how to develop Mr. Scadin's glass plates could be found. She wrote to Rochester but got no help. Dewey - and the Perrys should have known that, a few miles away, Henry H. Meares, my cousin to whom a Mr. Barber in Hendersonville had lent plates, had developed a sizable collection still held by Henry's widow in Mills River. She has offered them to us; so far, we have selected only a few but expect to get more, perhaps all. Mrs. Meares returned the plates to Mr. Barber after Henry died in 1964.


R. Henry Scadin (1861-1923) was a photographer and fruit grower who came to North Carolina after living in Michigan and Vermont. He kept meticulous diaries of his life from 1886 - 1920 (see R. Henry Scadin Diaries). Diaries for all years except 1890, 1891, and 1915 are held by Ramsey Library Special collections. Scadin indicated in the 1892 diary that the previous year (1891) had been lost in transit to Florida. Upon the death of  Henry Scadin, his wife Kate and son Dewey continued to keep diaries until 1928. Photographs of  local scenery and people near the present towns of Brevard, Tryon, Saluda, Sapphire, and Highlands dominate the photographic collection. In addition to western North Carolina scenes, Scadin also photographed in Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, and Vermont. Many of the photographs were converted to hand-colored postcards and photographs for sale to travelers and tourists. As late as 1919 Henry was photographing and producing images for sale. Kate, a painter, completed most of the color tinting of images.

1861 Henry Scadin born
1886 First diary entry ; First-born son dies
1889 Daughter Una dies 
1889 Scadin and family move to western North Carolina
1921 Henry Scadin dies
1928 Last diary entries by Kate and Dewey Scadin
M80.1.1-4 DIARIES - 1886-1928 (Includes diaries of Kate and Dewey Scadin)
M80.1.5.1 Macoy's Masonic Manual 
M80.1.5.2 Cash book (Jan. 1, 1884- Feb. 8, 1884) 
M80.1.5.3 Cash book (1910) 
M80.1.5.4 Cash book (1937, 1938) 
M80.1.5.5 Class register (1887)
M80.1.5.6 Autograph book (Jan. 17, 1884-Oct. 18, 1885)
M80.1.5.7 Negative description book 1912 (?)
M80.1.5.8 Account book (Jan. 1908 - March 1923)
M80.1.5.9 Correspondence [Henry Scadin] 1912
M80.1.5.10 Cover for sketches from The Sapphire Country, NC
M80.1.5.11 Plan for Sapphire orchard 1898
M80.1.5.12 Correspondence [Dewey Scadin] 1938
M80.1.5.13 Kate Scadin:  My Trip to the North, May 7, 1885
M80.1.5.14 Signature cards & leather card holder
P80.1.1-41 Arrangement : The glass plates are stored in a section of separate shelving, in boxes labeled with the runs of glass plate numbers.  
Organization : Glass plates are grouped by sequential number in a series of 41 boxes. To look at more detailed descriptions of items and to view selected photographs, go to each box group.
  Complete Brief List
  Photographs Box 01-05       
  Photographs Box 06-10
  Photographs Box 11-15
  Photographs Box 16-20
  Photographs Box 21-25
  Photographs Box 26-30
  Photographs Box 31-35
    Photographs Box 36-41
  Report on Scadin Holdings in Polk County, NC