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Zebulon Weaver Collection, Addition #1

Identifier: MSS 80-08

Scope and Contents

For a biographical sketch of Zebulon Weaver, see the content and scope note for the main entry "Zebulon Weaver" collection, accession number MSS 80-01.

Topics mentioned in the correspondence in this addition include the proposal and establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, including the purchase of lands. Weaver served as Park Commissioner of the North Carolina Park Commission, and much of the correspondence reflects his service in that position. Included is a letter from Appalachian naturalist and writer Horace Kephart. Court cases include those involving several western North Carolina lumber companies: Champion Fibre, Suncrest, Montvale, and Ravensford. Other cases in which Weaver was involved are also included.

Most of the rest of the correspondence reflects the process of land acquisition and Weaver's interests in this activity. The impact of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Swain County, NC, also is reflected in this correspondence. Major correspondents include William E. Bird, former President of Western Carolina University; G. A. Schultz of the U. S. Department of Interior; and James Roosevelt, Administrative Assistant to Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Also included in this collection are business records, court cases and papers, election materials, speeches, and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes the special files of Col. S. A. Jones concerning the 1918 discussions with the War Industries Board and U. S. Bureau of Mines and Mining regarding the availability of abrasive minerals in Jackson County, NC, soils. Naturally occurring garnet and rhodolite were proposed as substitutes for imported abrasives.


  • 1912 - 1960

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4 Linear Feet

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States