D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

University Archives - William Highsmith Interviews
UAOH1

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
University Archives - William Highsmith Interviews
ID
UAOH1
Date
1984
Extent
0.6 Linear feet
Physical Description
25 audio cassette tapes and CD copies of the tapes on 46 CDs. Cards with handwritten names of faculty & board of trustees members.
Location
Located in Special Collections, Row 1, Section 1
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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

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Historical Note

On July 1, 1984 William Highsmith stepped down as chancellor of UNC Asheville, a role he had held since the creation of the university in 1969, having previously been president of Asheville-Biltmore College, the predecessor school of the university. As Highsmith was tenured in the history department, and not at the mandatory retirement age, he elected to stay on campus as part-time faculty and research professor, and planned to write the history of UNC Asheville.

The recordings in this collection are interviews Highsmith conducted in the fall of 1984 with people who had played key roles in the history of UNC Asheville and its predecessor schools. Several times on the recordings Highsmith mentions to his interviewees the need to record events and stories that people researching the history of the university would find useful. Although there does not seem to be a mention of the history Highsmith planned to write, it seems reasonable to assume that he undertook these interviews as part of his research for his book.

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Scope and Contents

Contains recordings of interviews of key figures in the history of UNC Asheville and its predecessor schools. The interviews were conducted by former chancellor William Highsmith, and are on audio cassette tape. These are presumably the original recordings made by Highsmith, and a digital preservation copy CD of each recording has been made for preservation purposes. In addition to the recordings of the Highsmith interviews, there is also a tape of Highsmith himself reflecting on the university and liberal arts. The tapes were numbered, it is not known by whom, and this order has been maintained. The numerical order is not the chronological order of the recordings. There are some known problems with the recordings. For example, Tape 3 (Roy Taylor) is largely blank, possibly because the recording was either accidentally or purposefully deleted, and the beginning of Tape 25 (William Highsmith) has been recorded over with an unrelated interview with a student. Also included are cards with handwritten (probably by Highsmith) names of faculty and board of trustees members which may have been used as aide memoires for the interviews.

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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

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.

Rights

Restrictions apply. No release forms exist for these oral histories which prevents copies being made. The recordings can be listened to in the Special Collections reading room. 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

William Highsmith. University of North Carolina Asheville.

Processing Information

Digital preservation copies made by unidentified Special Collections staff, date unknown. Processed and finding aid by Colin Reeve, May 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

UNC Asheville Retirees Oral History Collection

University Archives - Official Papers of William Highsmith, Chancellor of UNC Asheville, 1969 - 1984

The University of North Carolina at Asheville: the first sixty years by William Highsmith

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Collection Inventory

Tape 1 Side A & B: Gertrude Ramsey 

Ramsey was a graduate of Asheville-Biltmore College and a member of the board of trustees of UNC Asheville. Recorded August 14, 1984 

Tape 2 Side A: James Perry 

Perry was chairman of the biology department. Recorded November 15, 1984 

Tape 2 Side B: Joseph Schandler 

Schandler was a graduate of Asheville-Biltmore College and a member of the Alumni Association. Recorded November 16, 1984 

Tape 3: Side A & B: Roy Taylor 

Taylor was a graduate of Buncombe County Junior College, served on the board of trustees, and was a US Congressman. Recorded August 16, 1984 [Tape appears blank, but copy CD has conclusion (side 2 of tape?) of the interview] 

Tape 4 Side A: Frank Coxe 

Coxe was a long time resident of Asheville. Recorded September 18, 1984 

Tape 4 Side B: Virginia Bryan Schreiber 

Schreiber was long time faculty member at the predecessor schools of UNC Asheville. Recorded September 24, 1984 

Tape 5 Side A: Virginia Bryan Schreiber (cont.) 

Continuation of interview started on tape 4 side B 

Tape 5 Side B: Gene Rainey 

Rainey joined the Political Science faculty in 1969. Recorded September 27, 1984 

Tape 6 Side A & B: Gordon Greenwood 

Greenwood was a student at Buncombe County Junior College and a member of the NC General Assembly. Recorded August 17, 1984 

Tape 7 Side A: Joe Bly 

Bly was a student at both Asheville-Biltmore College and UNC Asheville, and was president of the student association. Recorded November 9, 1984 

Tape 7 Side B: Sam Millar 

Millar was plant engineer and coached the soccer team. Recorded November 9, 1984 

Tape 8 Side A & B: Lutrelle Wishart 

Wishart served as faculty in the English Department of Asheville-Biltmore College and UNC Asheville. Recorded August 20, 1984 

Tape 9 Side A: Joe Parsons 

Parsons joined the faculty in 1952 and was math professor and academic dean. Recorded August 10, 1984 

Tape 9 Side B: J W Byers 

Byers was superintendent of Asheville Public Schools and a trustee of Asheville-Biltmore College. Recorded August 7, 1984 

Tape 10 Side A: Karl Wilsman 

Wilsman started at Asheville-Biltmore College in 1954 and was faculty in the counseling center. Recorded August 31, 1984 

Tape 10 Side B: Francine Delaney 

Delaney was part of the first graduating class of Asheville-Biltmore College in 1966 and was one of the first black students at the college. Recorded September 4, 1984 

Tape 11 Side A: James G, Strikeleather Jr. 

Strikeleather was a student at the College of Asheville in 1928, and later a state legislator. Recorded October 5, 1984 

Tape 11 Side B: Donald Jones 

Jones was a student at Asheville-Biltmore College and became superintendent of the City of Asheville Schools. Recorded October 8, 1984 

Tape 12 Side A: James M. Hall Jr. 

Hall graduated from Asheville-Biltmore College in 1940. Recorded October 19, 1984 

Tape 12 Side B: Walter Boland 

Boland came to UNC Asheville in 1970 and was a member of the sociology faculty. Recorded October 18, 1984 

Tape 13 Side A: Deryl Howard 

Howard joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1972 and was chair of the philosophy department. Recorded October 24, 1984 

Tape 13 Side B: Donald E. Taylor 

Taylor graduated fron Asheville-Biltmore College in 1957 and was president of the Alumni Association. Recorded October 25, 1984 

Tape 14 Side A & B: Arnold Wengrow 

Wengrow was chair of the drama department and director of Theatre UNCA. Recorded October 16, 1984 

Tape 15 Side A & B: Theodore Seitz 

Seitz started at UNC Asheville in 1973 and was chair of the psychology department. Recorded October 31, 1984 

Tape 16 Side A & B: Verna Bergemann 

Bergemann was chair of the education department at UNC Asheville. Recorded November 2, 1984 

Tape 17 Side A & B: Malcolm Blowers 

Blowers was the university librarian. Recorded November 5, 1984.

Tape 18 Side A & B: Eric Iovacchini 

Iovacchini was Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs at UNC Asheville. Recorded November 6, 1984.

Tape 19 Side A: Carolyn Frady 

Frady was assistant to the President of Asheville-Biltmore College and then the Chancellor of UNC Asheville. Recorded November 7, 1984. [Side B is blank] 

Tape 20 Side A: Milton Ready 

Ready was chair of the history department and founder of the Southern Highlands Research Center. Recorded November 13, 1984. [Side B is blank] 

Tape 20 Side B: Michael Gillum 

Gillum was faculty in the literature and language department. Recorded November 13, 1984. [Recording starts partway through tape] 

Tape 21 Side A: Shirley Browning 

Browning was professor of economics and chair of the department. Recorded October 9, 1984 

Tape 21 Side B: James Stewart 

Stewart came to Asheville-Biltmore in 1964 and was faculty and chair of the philosophy department. Recorded October 11, 1984 

Tape 22 Side A: Joyce Dorr 

Dorr was part of the music faculty and wife of Vice Chancellor Larry Dorr. Recorded December 14, 1984 

Tape 22 Side B: Lloyd Remmington 

Remmington joined the faculty in 1965 and was professor of chemistry. Recorded December 20, 1984 

Tape 23 Side A: Thomas Dula 

Dula was Dean of Students at Asheville-Biltmore College and UNC Asheville. Recorded October 23, 1984 

Tape 23 Side B: Herbert Coman 

Coman was faculty and football coach at Asheville-Biltmore College. Recorded October 24, 1984 

Tape 24 Side A: Michael Ruiz 

Ruiz was part of physics faculty and chair of the department. Recorded December 5, 1984 

Tape 24 Side B: Philip Walker 

Walker was chair of the history department. Recorded December 12, 1984 

Tape 25 Side A & B: William Highsmith 

Highsmith talks about his life, Asheville-Biltmore College, UNC Asheville, and liberal arts education. Recording date and interviewer are unknown. [Start of Highsmith interview recorded over with interview with UNCA student talking about "Save the Children" project] 

Index Cards 

Handwritten list of names, presumably created by Highsmith either as aide memoires for the interviews, or for more general research. The names are grouped:

Faculty: Origin to 1963-64 [Alphabetical and by department]

Faculty: 1963-64 to 1968-69 [Alphabetical and by department]

Faculty: 1969-70 to Present (1984) [Alphabetical and by department]

Board of Trustees: 1942-43 to 1962-63 ; 1963-64 to 1968-69 ; 1972-73 to Present (1984) [Alphabetical]