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Hunter and Weaver Families Collection

Identifier: MSS 06-12

Content Description

Papers, photographs, and other documentation concerning the Hunter and Weaver families of western North Carolina, primarily from the 1890s into the 1960s. The materials include, but are not limited to, correspondence; photographs, photo-albums, and lantern slides; publications and writings on the histories of the Hunter and Weaver families; scrapbooks and memorabilia, including newspaper clippings and articles; military records, World War II correspondence, and memorabilia, notably of Miss Marthalou Hunter; financial records, including an account book for “Pleasant Grove”; print materials, including college yearbooks; legal papers; audio cassette interviews; and items concerning President H.T. Hunter and / or Western Carolina University (also known as Western Carolina Teachers College and Cullowhee State Normal School).

This collection consists of materials from the family of Robert Henry Weaver (1850 – 1936) and Louisa Webb Weaver (1855 – 1936) and their children, Pearl Meno Weaver (1879 – 1968), Carrie Weaver Jones (1881 – 1958), Glen Weaver Hunter (1882 – 1977), Lucy Weaver Posey (1885 – 1968), Lucius Edward Weaver (1887 – c. 1970), and Minnie Estelle Weaver (1891 – 1979). With a concentration on their daughter, Glen Weaver Hunter, her husband, Hiram Tyram (H.T.) Hunter (1883 – 1947), and their three daughters, Marthalou Hunter (1914 – 2005), Jane Hunter Pettit (1918 - ?), and Elizabeth Ann Hunter Mack (1926 - ).

The Reems Creek Weavers: John Weaver was the first white settler in the Reems Creek valley of Buncombe County, North Carolina, then part of Burke County. His son, Reverend Jacob Weaver (1786 – 1868) and his wife, Elizabeth Siler Weaver (1788 – 1843), settled in the area. Descendents of Jacob and Elizabeth Weaver refer to themselves as “The Tribe of Jacob” and have held annual meetings since 1859. Robert Henry Weaver, son of Jesse Richardson Weaver (1815 – 1869) and Julia Coulter Weaver (?), was a grandson of Jacob Weaver.

Pearl Meno Weaver (1879 – 1968) graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in nursing in 1914 and volunteered as a Red Cross nurse in France during World War I from 1918 – 1919. This collection contains Pearl's research regarding the Weaver family, including her book, The Tribe of Jacob, as well as military memorabilia from her time in Europe.

Glen Weaver Hunter (1882 – 1977) married Hiram Tyram (H.T.) Hunter (1883 – 1947) on August 7, 1912. H.T. Hunter served as president at Western Carolina Teachers College from 1923 until his death in 1947. Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is named in his honor. Included in the collection is Hunter family history as comprised by H.T. Hunter. H.T. and Glen’s eldest daughter, Marthalou Hunter (1914 – 2005), was educated in bacteriology and biochemistry and served at the rank of Captain in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (AAC) and later the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) from 1942 – 1945. This collection contains Marthalou’s military records and memorabilia from her time in Europe during World War II. Jane Hunter Pettit (1918 - ?) served in the Women accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) during World War II and married Richard Pettit in 1944. Elizabeth Ann Hunter Mack (1926 - ) married Dr. Raymond Mack.

In addition to Weaver and Hunter family histories and the military records of Pearl Weaver and Marthalou Hunter, this collection has a large section of photographs and photo albums from c. 1860 – 1980. Most of the material concentrates on the children of Robert Henry Weaver, c. 1900 – 1940. These photographs include candid shots of individuals as well as landscapes and vista views of western North Carolina.


  • 1805 - 2001


Conditions Governing Use

No publication fee is made for use of Western Carolina University Library special collections material in scholarly publications. The Library retains sole right to judge what constitutes a non-scholarly or commercial publication. Permission to publish commercially, in circumstances where the Library is qualified to grant it, requires proper authorization. Please contact Special Collections at for more information.


17.5 Linear Feet

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Fair to good, with a number of fragile photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States