D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Realia of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor
RA77.15

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
Realia of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor
ID
RA77.15
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1960-1975
Date [inclusive]
1929-2005
Extent
7.2 Linear feet  ; 7 boxes, 1 filing cabinet drawer ; 3 hung pictures ; 1 sign
Physical Description
Contains photographs, books, awards, certificates, and other realia related to Congressman Roy Taylor. Materials are in generally in boxes, or a filing cabinet. Three framed materials are hung in, or near, Special Collections in D. H. Ramsey Library.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Papers of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor (1958-1977), D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

Roy Arthur Taylor was born in Vader, Washington on January 31, 1910. Not long after Taylor's birth his family moved to Buncombe County, where he was educated in the county's public schools. He began his higher-education at Buncombe County Junior College (a predecessor of UNC Asheville), becoming a member of the first graduating class in 1929.

Taylor subsequently attended Maryville College, Tennessee, and after graduating, became a teacher at Black Mountain High School. While still teaching. he studied law and after passing the bar, began practicing law in Asheville. Taylor's political career began in 1947 when he was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly.

In the spring of 1960, North Carolina Congressman David M. Hall died while in office, and Taylor was elected to take his place. Taylor served out the term as the 12th District Representative, and was elected for eight Congresses after that as the 11th District Representative. In total, he was in the House of Representatives from June 25, 1960 until January 3, 1977. In Congress, he served on the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, and was chairman of the National Parks and Recreation Subcommittee.

Roy Taylor had a long association with UNC Asheville, and its predecessor schools. As noted above, he attended Buncombe County Junior College, and he subsequently served as a trustee of Asheville-Biltmore College, founded the first alumni association, was the university's first valedictorian, and he established the annual Roy A. Taylor Public Speaking Contest. In recognition of his service, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1986, and received the Chancellor's Medallion in 1991.

Roy Taylor died March 2, 1995.

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Scope and Contents

The materials in the collection are primarily items presented to Roy Taylor when he served as a Congressman, and include photographs, and awards as well as realia such as a hat, a pen used by President Kennedy, and a miniature forest sign. The collection also includes books and reports reflecting Taylor's work with the Forest Service and National Parks.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504
828.251.6645
speccoll@unca.edu

Rights

No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the University Archives, 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 descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Creator

Rep. Roy Arthur Taylor

Processing Information

Processed by, Southern Highlands Research Center staff, 1977 ; Special Collections staff, 1994, 2001 ; catalog listing and new finding aid, by Pablo Best, 2016

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Related Materials

Roy A. Taylor Papers, 1960-1975, The State Archives of North Carolina

Papers of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor (1958-1977), UNC Asheville

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

File 1: Rep. Taylor Shaking Hands With Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, Not Dated 

File 2: Rep. Taylor at N.C. Democratic Party Banquet With Sen. Sam Ervin, Not Dated 

File 3: Rep. Taylor Shaking Hands With Pres. Gerald Ford, Not Dated 

File 4: Rep. Taylor Shaking Hands With Pres. Jimmy Carter, Not Dated 

File 5: Rep. Taylor Shaking Hands With Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson, Not Dated 

File 6: Box of Unidentified Roll of Film, Not Dated 

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Box 2 

Plaque of Rep. Taylor's Name in the Shape of An Arrowhead That Hung on His Door, Not Dated 

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Box 3 

Shuttle Cock Presented to Rep. Taylor as Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks From Laurel, MA, Not Dated 

Laminated Gavel, Not Dated 

Small Gold Statuette of the Shamrock of the 4-H Club, Not Dated 

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Box 4 

Framed Photograph of Vice-President Herbert Humphrey, Not Dated 

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Box 5 

File 1: Certificate From the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Awarded to Rep. Taylor, 1961 

File 2: Western North Carolina Community Development Association Plaque Commending Rep. Taylor, 1989 

File 3: Plaque From the North Carolina Recreation and Park Society Recognizing Rep. Taylor for His Service "Through the Medium of Recreation", 1976 

File 4: Buncombe County Junior College Graduation Programs for the Class of 1929 

File 5: Enclosed Pen Pres. Kennedy Used to Sign Rep. Taylor's Bill Proposing a Study on Extending the Blue Ridge Parkway Into Georgia, 1961 

File 6: Plaque From Rep. Taylor's Office Door, Not Dated 

File 7: Framed Award Certifying Rep. Taylor as an Honorary Park Ranger, Not Dated 

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Box 6 

Forest Service Hat 

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Box 7 

File 1: Honorary Doctorate of Law From UNC Asheville, 1986 

File 2: USS Battleship Award for Outstanding Service From the American Veterans Awarded to Rep. Taylor, 1976 

File 3: 4-H Alumni Recognition Award Given to Rep. Taylor, 1969 

File 4: Plaque From the NCAA Given to "Eminent Members of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the (U.S.) Government", 1966 

File 5: Watergate Offices Carpet Piece, 1972 

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Books, Directories, Etc. (Drawer 17) 

Evaluation of Recommendations on National Park Service Concession Management, 1976 

Natural Resources and Recreation Conference on Inflation Report, 1974 

Inflation: Practical Solutions That the "Experts" Are Afraid to Propose, 1974 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1975-1976 

Management Policies Compiled By the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, 1975 

Tuskegee Institute, 1972-1973 

The Briefing Book of Alaska for Rep. Taylor, 1973-1975 

Concession Policy Act of 1965, 1976 

"Be a Friend of the River" Cattahoochee National Recreation Area, 1972-1973 

Congressional Directory: 94th Congress 2nd Session, 1976 

Trees: Yearbook for Agriculture and Price Search, 1949-2005 

Cherokee Indian Briefing Book, Not Dated 

Miscellaneous, 1976 

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Loose Materials 

Framed Aerial Photo of the New River Signed By Luther Hodges (Rep. Taylor's "Swan Song"), 1977, Hung in Ramsey Library, near Special Collections 

A Miniature of the Sign Erected on the Parkway in Nantahala National Forest for the Roy A. Taylor Forest, 1984, in Special Collections Reading Room 

Etching Given to Rep. Taylor at the Dedication of the Roy A. Taylor Forest, 1984, hung in Special Collections Reading Room 

Photograph Taken in of Members of the House of Representatives in January 1963, 88th Congress, 1963, hung in Special Collections archive room 

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