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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

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

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

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

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

North Carolina Art Education Association Records, Add. #7

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Identifier: MSS 88-02
Content Description This addition to the North Carolina Art Education Association collection includes correspondence, clippings, reports, and other organization papers. See MSS 80-50 for a description of the Association.
Dates: 1979 - 1988

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

Thomas Rain Crowe and New Native Press

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Identifier: MSS 95-09
Scope and Contents Publications (journals, magazines, books) containing works of Thomas Rain Crowe; correspondence (photocopies); miscellaneous photos (copies); and miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles (originals and copies) written about Crowe and/or his publications or activities.



The rights for items in this collection are for the physical property only, and do not include common law, statutory and copyrights, rights for publication and royalties, which remain with the Donor.
Dates: 1975 - 2015

WCU International Students and Host Families Collection

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Identifier: MSS 16-06
Scope and Contents This collection concerns international students and the Host Family Association at Western Carolina University. Formed during the mid-1970's, the Host Family Association's mission was to assist the newly-arriving international students with the transition from life in their home country to the challenges of being a new college student in an unfamiliar country. Host families provided essentials, such as bedding, dormitory furnishings, and winter clothing. They also hosted international...
Dates: 1963 - 2016

Webster Historical Society (Webster, NC)

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Identifier: MSS 80-61
Content Description The Webster Historical Society was founded in 1974 to collect and preserve the history of Webster, NC. From 1852-1913, Webster was the county seat for Jackson County.Much of the correspondence, business records, and legal papers pertain to the Long family. Among the items are several original deeds to Jackson County lands.There is a transcript of an interview with Claude Cowan conducted in 1975 by Mary Morris. Both Cowan and Morris were lifelong residents of...
Dates: 1819 - 1981

Western North Carolina Associated Communities

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Identifier: MSS 80-12
Scope and Contents The Western North Carolina Associated Communities is made up of eleven western counties in North Carolina (Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, and Transylvania). Begun in 1947, the organization was dedicated to the development of the region. The overall policy of the association was to organize the counties and communities west of Asheville for their mutual benefit on matters pertaining to tourism, game and fish resources, and roads (originally...
Dates: 1941 - 1972

William E. Bird Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-34
Content Description This collection is grouped as follows: private correspondence, writings, genealogy, folk ballads, newspaper clippings, and a church ledger.Bird's private correspondence mostly contains letters to and from family and friends, although there are some personal business letters and a segment of correspondence from 1960-1964 regarding his book, The History of Western Carolina College.His writings include his unpublished autobiography, a manuscript of Level Paths: New Songs...
Dates: 1891 - 1975