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A. C. Reynolds Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-59
Content Description A.C. Reynolds (1870 - 1953) served as the second president of Cullowhee Normal and Industrial School (Western Carolina University), from 1912 to 1920. He was influential in Buncombe County education and instrumental in establishing Rutherford College, in Brevard, NC. Reynolds wrote about his experiences in fostering education in western North Carolina, his beliefs about the role of education, and his life as a boy in the mountains of western North Carolina in the late 1890s. The collection...
Dates: 1888 - 1969

Amos Medford Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-70
Scope and Contents Amos Medford, a genealogist, assembled the collection. The collection contains correspondence, business papers, and legal papers of John Liner, a doctor in Haywood County, NC, in the early 19th century; an account by Medford of the 1910 trial of Allen Green, of Haywood County, on charges of manslaughter; a biographical pamphlet by W. Clark Medford on R.A. Sentelle (1846-1934), a former Haywood County school superintendent and minister; a book entitled Old Albemarle and Its Absentee Landlords,...
Dates: 1794 - 1955

Associated Artists of North Carolina Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-77
Content Description Associated Artists of North Carolina, Inc. (AANC) was organized formally on January 10, 1960, in Greensboro, NC. The January meeting had been preceded by an organizational meeting held on December 13, 1959, in the Merin Gallery, Greensboro, during which the proposed by-laws and statements of aims and objectives were drawn up.The purpose of the AANC was to bring together persons interested in the advancement of the fine arts in North Carolina. The Association was to conduct,...
Dates: 1959 - 1973

Bartram Trail Society Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-71
Content Description The Bartram Trail Society organized for the purpose of marking a hiking trail which follows the route traveled by William Bartram on his exploratory journey through the South in 1773-1776. The Society uses Bartram's Journal as a guide for marking the trails.Most of the collection concerns the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society, but much of their efforts are coordinated with Bartram Trail societies in Georgia and Alabama. In addition to correspondence, the collection contains...
Dates: 1972 - 1979

Bartram Trail Society Collection, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 97-02
Content Description The Bartram Trail Society exists for the purpose of marking a hiking trail which follows the route traveled by William Bartram on his exploratory journey through the South in 1773 - 1776. The Society uses Bartram's Journal as a guide for marking the trails.Most of the collection concerns the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society, but much of their efforts are coordinated with Bartram Trail societies in Georgia and Alabama. This addition to the collection contains internal documents...
Dates: 1978 - 1987

Carr and Ruth Hooper Papers

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Identifier: MSS 04-09
Content Description Manuscripts and memorabilia of Mr. Carr Hooper (May 4, 1903 – December 6, 1981), educator in western North Carolina and the Philippines, and of Mrs. Ruth Williams Hooper (September 26, 1902 – December 16, 1984). A notable item in the collections is a copy of Rudyard Kipling's Verse which contains writings in the margins by Mr. Hooper while imprisoned at Santo Tomas. Also included are typescript accounts by Carr Hooper, "Aboard Ship on Way to States," and by Ruth Williams Hooper,...
Dates: 1942-1972

Charlotte & Leona Young Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-76
Scope and Contents Charlotte Young and Leona Young were the daughters of Pickney Young, a mail carrier who rose to the rank of Confederate Brig. General during the Civil War. The Young sisters, originally from Candler, NC, taught at various schools in North Carolina and other states. In 1911-1912, Charlotte Young taught at Cullowhee Normal & Industrial School. She later became principal at Webster High School, in Webster, NC (1914-1917).Charlotte Young published several books of poetry, including...
Dates: 1800 - 1977

Cherokee County (N.C.)

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Identifier: MSS 80-27
Content Description The bulk of the collection consists of notes and articles prepared by Mrs. Louise Bayless, concerning the history of Cherokee County, NC. Several of the articles appeared in regional newspapers. The genealogical materials focus on Cherokee County families. There also is information on Fort Butler, a major collection point (in present-day Murphy, NC), for the Cherokee Indians during their forced removal in 1838. Most of the collection consists of photocopies; although some original items are...
Dates: 1791 - 1970

Craig / Nichols Collection

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Identifier: SM 03-01
Scope and Contents Craig / Nichols Collection. Description: forty-six photographs, featuring among other subjects Lula Craig and Dr. Nichols of Sylva, North Carolina, and two views of the Almond High School. Also included are two graduation programs for the Almond High School, Almond, North Carolina, dated 1922 and 1925; a 1923 graduation program for the I.O.O.F. High School; and a graduation program for Norview High School.
Dates: 1920 - 1935

David Davies Collection

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Identifier: SM 85-10
Content Description Judge Daniel David Davies, one of the early white settlers in Cullowhee and one of the "founding fathers" of Western Carolina University, was a civil engineer from Wales. After a stay in South Carolina, he moved to Cullowhee.Judge Davies and Robert Hamilton Brown, a neighbor, donated land for the site of St. David's Episcopal church.The Davies collection consists of eight (8) photographs.The addition is an original oil painting by Sue Davies, daughter of...
Dates: 1886 - 1919

David M. Sherman Collection, Add. #2

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Identifier: MSS 04-03
Content Description The majority of the collection consists of articles concerning the people of the Southern Appalachian area or travels in the region.
Dates: 1857 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1857 - 1928

David M. Sherman Collection, Add. #6

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Identifier: MSS 15-05
Content Description This collection is an addition to MSS 03-03, David M. Sherman, and includes further material concerning the Benton MacKaye Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail Association.
Dates: 2004 - 2015

David O. Belcher Memorial Collection

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Identifier: SM 18-01
Content Description Materials documenting remembrances of David O. Belcher, including programs from the memorial service, a copy of House Resolution 1095 passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in honor of Dr. Belcher, remembrances from university leaders, and local newspapers.
Dates: 2018-06

De Soto Trail Commission Collection

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Identifier: MSS 15-02
Content Description This collection concerns the De Soto Trail Commission, a group which sought to establish Hernando De Soto's route through the southeastern United States after his landing in what would become Florida, in 1539. This collection contains records, reports, correspondence, and meeting minutes of the Trail Commission, with the vast majority of the materials dating from 1988-1992.
Dates: 1965 - 1992

Dr. Rodney L. and Janie Leftwich Collection

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Identifier: MSS 06-04
Content Description Papers of Dr. Rodney L. Leftwich, educator and head of Western Carolina University’s “division of fine arts, industrial technology and home economics,” and of Mrs. Janie Leftwich, educator and “assistant professor” of Western Carolina University’s “art department,” and of their family. Materials include, but not limited to, Dr. Leftwich’s educational career and contributions; photographs, notably of Western Carolina University (WCU) industrial technology classes and activities,...
Dates: 1954 - 2001

Earl F. Lanning Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-46
Content Description This collection has two main parts. The first consists of commemorative envelopes and newspaper clippings concerning the ride conducted from Asheville, North Carolina, to Newport, Tennessee, in June 1967, known as Operation Conestoga.The second part contains deeds, indentures, land grants, and surveys. Most of the items are from Anson County, NC, but there are some from Haywood County and Buncombe County (both NC), and Greene County, TN. Also in the collection is a pledge for money...
Dates: 1774 - 1967

Frank and Joan Plemmons

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Identifier: MSS 16-04
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials from Frank and Joan Brooks Plemmons time at Western Carolina College in the 1950s and some materials from the fifty year reunion of the Western Carolina class of 1958.There are two scrapbooks compiled by Joan Mildred Brooks entitled: “My Freshman Year at W.C.C., 1954-1955” and “1955-1956: Sophomore Year at WCC” respectively. The scrapbooks include report cards, photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings from Joan’s time at Western....
Dates: 1954 - 2008

George Masa Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-29
Content Description The George Masa collection is divided into the following groups: photographs and photo-albums, postcards, newspaper clipping notebooks, and books.The major grouping is the newspaper clipping notebooks, mainly taken from the Asheville Citizen during Masa's Asheville period. These notebooks concern the Cherokee Indians, lumbering, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and western North Carolina themes.The photographs are of western North Carolina scenes, including a...
Dates: 1915 - 1934

George Washington Carver / Slagle Family Collection

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Identifier: MSS 98-1
Content Description Twenty-five (25) pieces of correspondence from George Washington Carver to Mrs. Jesse Henry (Margaret Gillispie) Slagle and Dr. Thomas Dickey (Dick) Slagle, dating from 1924 - 1936. Also, twenty-two (22) mail envelopes accompanying the correspondence; a letter concerning the Siler family and Rev. Deal; clippings; and three (3) pamphlets printed in 1924 ("Studies with Phytosterols," "Experiment Station Record," "Some Natural Violet Hybrids of North America").
Dates: 1924 - 1936

Glenn Tucker Papers

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Identifier: MSS 80-48
Content Description A book dealing with Confederate General Longstreet was incomplete at Tucker's death, and the research notes and unfinished manuscript are in the collection. Additional items include a manuscript on Thomas Clingman and Civil War-related notes and materials. The collection contains book drafts, research notes, book reviews, correspondence and miscellaneous personal material.
Dates: 1939 - 1976

Gordon B. McKinney Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-47
Content Description The collection consists of a typescript and galley proofs of Gordon McKinney's book, Southern Mountain Republicans, 1865-1900: Politics and the Appalachian Community, (University of North Carolina Press, 1978).Also included in the collection are research and draft notes of several published articles by McKinney on politics in Appalachia. The articles are:"The Mountain Republican Party-Army," Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 32."The Rise of the Hawk Machine...
Dates: 1843 - 1978

Great Smoky Mountains Railway Collection

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Identifier: MSS 13-07
Content Description The Great Smoky Mountains Railway was a railway which operated in western North Carolina, and was founded in 1988, as a tourist railroad. The railway originally operated on 67 miles of track between Dillsboro and Murphy, which was the western portion of the route known as the "Murphy Branch." The Murphy Branch operated between Asheville and Murphy, N.C., in the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th century. In 1988, the state of North Carolina purchased the Murphy Branch from the...
Dates: 1988 - 2008

Higdon Family Association Collection

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Identifier: MSS 10-01
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials of the Higdon Family Association, including scrapbooks, newsletters, membership lists, and related material. The Higdon Family Association is an organization dedicated to studying Higdon family genealogy, along with related family genealogy. The group was founded in 1975 in Franklin, N.C.



More information can be found at their website, www.higdonfamily.org.
Dates: 1975 - 2010

Hiram C. Wilburn Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-17
Content Description Hiram C. Wilburn was the principal surveyor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and unofficial founder of the Park museum.Wilburn was born February 28, 1880, in Union, SC. He graduated from Clemson College in 1908, with a degree in agriculture. From 1908-1916, he taught school and served as a high school principal in Union, SC. After this he owned and operated a farming and general supply store in Union. In 1925, Wilburn moved to North Carolina, where he found work as a...
Dates: 1829 - 1962

Horace Kephart Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-24
Content Description The collection was given as a gift to Western Carolina Teachers College by the executor of Kephart's will, with other items donated by Kephart's son, George Kephart. Dr. William E. Bird and Hiram C. Wilburn were instrumental in obtaining the collection for a museum they wanted to start. The collection was then loaned to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for approximately twenty years, and returned to Western Carolina University in 1973. The collection contains correspondence, periodicals...
Dates: 1886-1948

Hubert Hayes Mountain Youth Jamboree Collection

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Identifier: MSS 87-03
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials related to the Mountain Youth Jamboree, an annual performing arts event in Asheville, NC, where young people from the Southeast gathered to learn and perform folk music, dance, and song. Hubert Hayes founded the Jamboree in 1948. After his death, in 1964, Hayes’s widow, Leona Hayes, continued to run the gathering until its end. The last Mountain Youth Jamboree, which was held in April 1973. It was concluded with a trip to England to the International Folk...
Dates: 1914 - 1984

Hugh Swinton Legare (1797-1843) Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-25
Scope and Contents Hugh Swinton Legare (1797-1843) was a native of Charleston, SC. He was a lawyer, founding editor of the Southern Review (1828-1832), and a politician. He served in the South Carolina General Assembly (1820-1822; 1824-1830) and was South Carolina’s attorney general (1830-1832). On the national scene, he was charge d'affaires to Brussels (1832-1836), a member of the United States House of Representatives (1837-1839), and United States Attorney General (1841-1843), in the cabinet of President...
Dates: 1816 - 1861

Ila Champion Cullowhee State Normal Scrapbook

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Identifier: SM 09-01
Scope and Contents This collection contains a scrapbook by Ila Champion, who was a student at Cullowhee State Normal School (later Western Carolina University).Ila Champion Cullowhee State Normal ScrapbookScrapbook with Cullowhee State Normal School logo on cover. Contains clippings (see below), memorabilia concerning campus events, graduation name cards, programs (see below), correspondence, and ephemera.Clippings"Cullowhee Legally Becomes Teachers College, April...
Dates: 1928 - 1934

J. B. Lawson Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-54
Content Description James Brownlow Lawson (1862 - 1941) was a political figure, park ranger, and sheriff in Tennessee and Colorado. From 1926 to 1938, while living in Sevierville, TN, Lawson corresponded with Ms. Maidee Adams of Memphis, TN. His letters recite stories and anecdotes of his family and ancestry.

The newspaper clippings relate to Lawson's political campaigns in Sevierville. Other materials include genealogies of the Lawson and Bird (or Byrd) families.
Dates: 1926 - 1965