D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives



Special Collections is interested in collecting relevant oral histories from individuals in the local community and in the Western North Carolina region. Oral histories constitute some of the most immediate and first-hand accounts of the events and people who make up our community, and we have found that the community at large is often the best identifier of individuals and stories that need to be collected. Oral histories can build on our other collections and often contain a wealth of local history and cultural information on Asheville and the Western North Carolina region that is difficult to capture in a photograph, or in the documents contained in our manuscript collections.

If you are interested in contributing to our collections please contact Special Collections before collecting the histories. The guides and forms below give an indication of the process and records required. It is very important that all the necessary permissions and releases are completed BEFORE commencing the oral history.  We cannot accept oral histories without a signed release.

For more information please see our Oral HIstory Collections web page.

For Oral History Guidelines and Forms, please see the Oral History Guidelines web page.