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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

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmy Reed Collection

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Identifier: MSS 99-02
Scope and Contents Photographs, reminiscences, and memorabilia, including topically arranged ring-binders. Grouped topics listed include (1) Jimmy Reed Narrative, Class of 1928, Selfridge Field, Frog Level (Haywood County, NC); (2) State and Local Figures, Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC); (3) National Figures, Mrs. Carl Sandburg, Dr. Billy Graham, Prisons, Wildlife; (4) Miscellaneous, State and Local Events, Fontana Dam (Swain County, NC); (5) Miscellaneous, Liftoffs, Lassie, Wagon Train; (6)...
Dates: 1858 - 1995

John Preston Arthur Collection

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Identifier: MSS 85-09
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection concerns John Preston Arthur's book, Western North Carolina: A History (From 1730 to 1913), originally published in 1914 by the Edwards & Broughton Printing Company (Raleigh, NC) in cooperation with Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Asheville, NC. Arthur worked in conjunction with Mrs. Theodore S. Morrison, who was connected with the DAR, to prepare his history. Arthur's papers subsequently came into the possession of...
Dates: 1899 - 1935

Josefina Niggli Collection

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Identifier: MSS 85-13
Scope and Contents Josefina Niggli (1910-1983) worked in several literary fields--poetry, drama, fiction--but she also is remembered for her twenty-year service as director of drama, director of the Little Theatre, and journalism instructor of Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC).Josefina Marie Niggli was born July 13, 1910, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She was the daughter of Frederick Ferdinand Niggli, the manager of a cement plant in the village of Hidalgo, and Goldi (Morgan) Niggli, a...
Dates: 1877 - 1984

Larry W. Mull Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-72
Content Description Larry W. Mull was born in Waynesville, NC, to Reubert and Mary Mull (Moll) on September 17, 1909. He was a restaurateur and a reporter for the United Press International and the Associated Press. In 1965, he founded the Haywood County Music Company. Mull wrote over 150 gospel songs and was a staff writer for Stamp-Baxter's Music Company. Some of his songs were published by Tennessee Music Company and Vaughn Music Publishers. The collection contains songbooks and sheet music, a notebook of...
Dates: 1913 - 1985

Lillian Hirt Papers

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Identifier: MSS 99-05
Content Description Papers of Lillian Hirt concerning her personal and professional activities, the Hirt family, and the Cullowhee community. Included are: Personal and professional correspondence, primarily 1947-1991; literary works, speeches, and programs by Mrs. Hirt, including drafts and proofs; literary publications, notably works of Lillian Hirt and regional authors; other publications, including Western Carolina University reports, programs, yearbooks, and brochures, and other regional publications;...
Dates: 1940 - 1999

Mary Faye Brumby Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-57
Content Description Mrs. Mary Faye Brumby (1912 - ) was born in Marietta, GA, and has been a resident of Murphy, NC, since 1944. In 1934, she married Edward H. Brumby and had three children: Mary Bolan, Ida Hunt and Edward Hunt. Mrs. Brumby founded Fayola Manufacturing Company and was owner and operator (along with her husband) of textile mills at Murphy, NC, and in Georgia (e.g. Brumby Textile Mill), as well as an outlet store in Murphy.Mrs. Brumby attended Agnes Scott College from 1933-1934 and...
Dates: 1927 - 1986

Melba Simpson Papers

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Identifier: MSS 06-14
Content Description Photographs and scrapbooks of Melba Simpson, of Jackson County, North Carolina.
Dates: 1932 - 1968

Nantahala Power and Light Company Collection

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Identifier: MSS 02-07
Scope and Contents Nantahala Power and Light was formed in 1929 by Alcoa to harness the hydroelectric power of Western North Carolina and serve as a public electric utility for the region. The company operated under Alcoa until 1988 when it was absorbed by Duke Power (Duke Energy). This collection primarily consists of the files of the company during this period.The first addition to this collection primarily consists of bound volumes of minutes of board meetings, correspondence, brochures, clippings...
Dates: 1900 - 2003

Norburn - Robertson - Thomson Families Collection

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Identifier: MSS 94-5
Content Description The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, ledgers and/or journals, news clippings, and books and/or pamphlets concerning the Robertson, Norburn, Thomson, Strickland and related families, including Reuben B. Robertson, Sr. and Jr.; Dr. Russell Norburn; Martha Norburn Mead; Dr. E.F. Strickland.
Dates: 1860 - 1985

Pauline Pressley Collins Scrapbooks collection

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Identifier: MSS 08-07
Dates: 1945 - 1973

Robert W. Harris Scrapbook

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Identifier: SM 11-05
Content Description Black, hardbound scrapbook (18" x 12"), containing chiefly memorabilia of a vacation to Europe, specifically the Mediterranean, including Spain and Italy. Includes clippings, photographs, receipts, publications, correspondence, boarding passes, and maps. Correspondence to/from Mrs. F.R. Harris, Mr. Robert W. Harris, and Marina Harris, 1932-1933. Contains materials relating to the Steamship Exochorda and SS Rex, along with several hotels in New York, Spain, and Italy. Includes "Glimpses from...
Dates: 1932 - 1933

Rufus Morgan Collection

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Identifier: MSS 12-02
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials relating to the life and activities of the Rev. Rufus Morgan (1885 – 1983), an Episcopal Priest in western North Carolina. These materials were gathered by Mr. Ben Bridgers of Sylva, NC, in preparation for a planned biography of Rufus Morgan. Included are correspondence, audio cassettes (1970 – 1979 and no date), notes, photographs, and clippings, chiefly concerning Rev. Rufus Morgan and family. Also included are eight convention journals titled Diocese...
Dates: 1938 - 1996

Samuel Robert Rickman Owens Collection

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Identifier: MSS 16-05
Content Description The Samuel Robert Rickman Owens Collection pertains chiefly to Owens' service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and contains correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, a variety of documents, and some artifacts. Of note among the documents is a 33-page list of names, subdivided into Prisoner-of-War camps, entitled "Disposition of Naval Personnel Taken Prisoner in the Philippines" (1944).Samuel Robert Owens was born April 10, 1918, in Glenville, NC, to Steven John Owens...
Dates: 1935 - 2000

Sara Madison Collection

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Identifier: MSS 18-05
Content Description Dr. Sara Sutton Madison (1931-2017) was the daughter of Eddie Marie Wike Sutton and Ralph Coleman Sutton. Eddie Marie Wike Sutton was the daughter of Dallas W. Wike and Emma Jane Shelton Wike, of Jackson County, NC. Sara’s parents and Sara lived in Davies Hall on the campus of Western Carolina University, and later in the community of Buzzards Roost, overlooking Western Carolina University. Much of this collection is composed of photographs, family correspondence, and other documents concerning...
Dates: 1869 - 2014

Scarborough, Hazel

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Identifier: MSS 80-37
Scope and Contents The collection contains several groups of correspondence, most of which concerns relatives of Hazel Scarborough. These groups are:Auyer (Ayer) Cole, Asheville, NC:., letters to his family during World War I service: 1917-1918.William B. Simpson, Weaverville, NC: , letters to his family during his military service in Korea: 1953.E. C. Cole family, Asheville, NC: ., correspondence & papers: 1914-1918.E. W. Roberts family, Asheville, NC,...
Dates: 1891 - 1977

Stringfield, Sloan, and Love Families

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Identifier: MSS 15-03
Scope and Contents This collection contains materials related to the Stringfield, Sloan, Love, and related families of Haywood County, NC. See also:MSS 80-06 William Williams StringfieldMSS 80-20 William Williams Stringfield, Add. #1SM 80-55 James Robert LoveMSS 81-06 James Robert Love, Add. #1This collection chiefly concerns the descendants of William Williams Stringfield (1837-1923) and his wife Maria M. Love (1842-1909); and Benjamin J. Sloan...
Dates: 1832 - 2014

Sue Hedden Benson Collection

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Identifier: SM 00-10
Scope and Contents The collection consists of the following items:Two (2) handwritten notes from Sue Hedden Benson’s cousins in a pink envelope.A one Yen military currency note.A Dillsboro & Sylva Electric Light Company bill for $7.59 to Hedden Barber Shop, Sylva, N.C., dated March 1, 1944.A brown book of “Schoolday Memoires” tied together with brown ribbon which belonged to Sue Hedden Benson.A white book of “Memoires” for Sylva Central High...
Dates: 1929 - 1984