D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives - Official Records of the William Highsmith President of Asheville-Biltmore College, 1962 - 1969

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
University Archives - Official Papers of William Highsmith, President of Asheville-Biltmore College, 1962 - 1969
Date [inclusive]
2.8 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains reports, papers, and other documents. The original titles and organization of the files are unknown. The materials are therefore arranged chronologically within alphabetized files rather than reflecting any official organizational framework existing at the college.
Located in Special Collections, Row 1, Section1

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University Archives, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Information

In June 1962 William Edward Highsmith was appointed as president of Asheville-Biltmore College, a position he held until 1969, when he became the first chancellor of the newly created UNC-Asheville. Highsmith was born in Eastland, Texas on March 21, 1920 and received a MA (1947) and Ph.D (1953) in history from Louisiana State University. Immediately prior to Asheville-Biltmore College, he had been dean of the faculty at Jacksonville University, having previously worked at the University of Arkansas (1949-50), LSU Caribbean Program (1951-1954), and the Gadsden Center of University of Alabama (1954-1957).

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Scope and Content

This archive holds historically significant official papers from when Highsmith was president of Asheville-Biltmore College. Although Highsmith papers after the creation of UNC-Asheville are archived in series UA3.3, there is an overlap with this series since the process to change from college to university occurred over many months. Highsmith's personal (non college) papers are archived in series UA3.4.

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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

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina Asheville assumes no responsibility.


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.


Accruals are not anticipated


University of North Carolina at Asheville. Asheville-Biltmore College. William E. Highsmith

Processing Information

Initially processed by Special Collections staff, date(s) unknown. Reprocessed by Colin Reeve, August 2014.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: 

AAUP-SGA Forum Committee, 1968-1969 

Academic Calendar, 1966 - 1969 

Academic Evaluation Committee, 1968 

Administrative Council, 1966-1968 

Admission Application (Undated) 

Adult Education, 1963 

Air Force ROTC, 1965 

Alumni Association, 1962-1967 

Annual Reports: Departmental, 1964 - 1968 

Annual Reports: Departmental, 1969 

Annual Reports: President, 1963-1969 

Area Relations & Proposals, 1962 - 1967 

Art Department, 1966-1969 

Asheville-Biltmore College: Publicity 

Assemblies Committee, 1966-1967 

Assembly Series, 1965 - 1967 

Association Of State Colleges & Universities, 1965-1968 

Athletics, 1964-1969 

Athletics Committee, 1964-1969 

Athletics: Basketball Programs/Brochures, 1966-1969 

Audit Reports: External, Dormitory Fund, 1967 

Audit Reports: External, Dormitory Fund, 1968 

Audit Reports: External, Dormitory Fund, 1969 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1962 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1963 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1964 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1965 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1966 

Audit Reports: State Auditor, 1967 

Board of Higher Education, 1964-1965 

Board of Trustees, 1962-1964 

Board of Trustees, 1965-1969 

Bond Issue: Dormitories,1963-1968 

Bookstore: Review, 1969 

Budget, 1963-1965 

Budget, 1965-1967 

Budget, 1967-1969 

Budget, 1969-1971 

Budget Report, Year End, 1965-1969 

Buildings, 1962-1969 

Central Asheville Association,1967-1968 

Chemistry Department, 1969 

City of Asheville, 1963-1966 

Commencement, 1963 

Commencement, 1966 

Commencement, 1967 

Commencement, 1968 

Commencement, 1969 

Conversion To A Senior College, 1962-1963 

Conversion To A Senior College: Consultants Visit, 1964 

Convocation & Dedication of D. Hiden Ramsey Library, 1965 

Course Development, 1964-1967 

Course Development: "Engineering Options", Joint Program With NC State, 1966-1967 

Cultural Programs Committee, 1965-1967 

Curriculum Committee, 1963-1968 

Box 2: 

Dean Of Faculty, 1963-1965 

Dean Of Faculty, 1966-1967 

Department Head Meetings, 1964 - 1965 

Department Of Health, Education & Welfare, 1967-1969 

Department Of Testing And Counselling, 1965-19*67 

Donations, 1964-1968 

Dormitory Rules, (1968) 

Economics Department, 1965-1968 

Education Department, 1966-1968 

Enrollment, 1963-1968 

Events, 1962-1968 

Executive Committee: Faculty, 1965-1969 

Faculty & Staff Lists, 1962-1969 

Faculty: Correspondence, 1962-1967 

Faculty: Personnel Policies, 1962-1965 

Faculty Meetings, 1966-1969 

Faculty Senate, 1969 

Foreign Affairs Forum, 1967 

Foreign Affairs Forum, 1968 

Funding: Department Of Health, Education & Welfare, 1965-1968 

Government Department, 1965 

Graduate Center, 1964-1968 

Grants: National Science Foundation, September 1962 to July 1965 

Grants: National Science Foundation, August 1965 to June 1969 

Grants: State Commission On Higher Education Facilities, 1967-1969 

Historical Information, 1963 

Homecoming, February 1967 

Honors Committee, 1966-1968 

Humanities Program, 1964-1969 

Institutional Committee, 1966-1968 

Job Descriptions 

Junior League Courses, 1965-1969 

Learning Resources Committee, 1968-1969 

Library, 1963-1969 

Library: Annual Reports, 1967-1969 

Library: Dedication Of D. Hiden Ramsey Library, 1965 

Library Committee, 1963-1969 

NC Department Of Administration, 1962-1969 

NC Department Of Community Colleges, 1963 

Opera Institute, 1964 

Petition For Dormitories, 1965 

Psychology Department, 1965-1968 

Physical Education Department, 1966-1969 

Physics Department, 1966-1969 

Promotional Materials, 1962-1967 

Property: Demolishing 560 Broadway, 1967-1969 

Ramsey Lectures, 1962-1963 

Reception For Dr. & Mrs. Highsmith, September 1962 

Sanford Terry: Governor of NC, 1962-1965 


Science & Mathematics Department, 1967 

Science Building Addition, 1966-1967 

Scott, Robert: Governor of NC, 1969 

Self Study, 1967 

Six Associates, 1965-1966 

Box 3: 

Southern Association Of Colleges & Schools: Asheville-Biltmore College Self Study, 1967 

Southern Association Of Colleges & Schools: Accreditation. 1963-1969 

Southern Association Of Colleges & Schools: Visitation, 1965 

Southern Humanities Conference: Membership, 1964 

"Speaker Ban Law", 1965 

Special Programs Committee, 1967-1969 

State Board Of Higher Education, 1962-1969 

Statistics, 1966-1969 

Student Admission & Transfer Standards, 1966-1967 

Student Affairs Committee, 1964-1965 

Student Assemblies Committee, 1965-1966 

Student Government Association, 1962-1969 

Student Housing, 1963-1966 

Student Newspaper, 1965-1968 

Taylor, Roy, 1962-1969 

Teacher Certification Program, 1966-1967 

Town Mountain Property, 1963-1966 

UNC-Greensboro Summer Education Courses At Asheville-Biltmore College, 1964-1967 

Weekly Calendar, 1965-1966 

Weekly Calendar, 1966-1967 

Weekly Calendar, 1967-1968 

WLOS: Harry Truman Documentary, 1966 

The Women's Club, 1964-1967 

World Meteorological Organization Conference, 1966