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1942 Telegram (W.E. Bird)

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Identifier: SM 05-06
Scope and Contents One telegram from W.E. Bird to John H. Wilson, Jr., of Fort Bragg, stating intention of Western Carolina Teachers' College (later, Western Carolina University) to confer degrees upon students who left school to enroll in the armed forces."College willing to grant A B degree to seniors who left this year for service. Provided they write or wire immediately that such degree would be distinct advantage. Such advantage to be specifically stated by student and vouched for by commanding...

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...

A.C. Reynolds Papers, Add. #2

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Identifier: MSS 99-4
Content Description Bulletins of the Sylva Methodist Church, contained in binders.

A.L. Penland

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Identifier: SM 80-31
Scope and Contents The collection consists of three items: An IOU for $88.87 from Josiah Holly (?) to Christian Freeman and witnessed by Jack Haney; a photocopy of a Hayesville College catalogue (1898); a letter from A. L. Penland to Judith McDowell explaining the purpose of sending her the catalogue and additional information.

Alpha Iota Chapter of ETA State (NC) Collection

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Identifier: MSS 00-04
Content Description Records concerning the Alpha Iota Chapter of ETA State (North Carolina) of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Materials include "Chapter President" files from 1957-1998 containing minutes and records of activities, members and attendance records, and correspondence; "Necrology" files; "Minutes" files; two bound scrapbooks of the Alpha Iota Chapter for 1956-1985 and 1986-1999; and publications concerning the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, including yearbooks, histories, directories,...

Alpha Iota Chapter of ETA State (NC) Records, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 02-06
Content description Folder 1: Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Vol. 66, nos. 3 and 4Folder 2: Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Vol. 67, nos. 1-4Folder 3: Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, Vol. 68, nos. 2 and 3Folder 4: One copy each of (1) "Reflect, Renew and Recommit: Charting our Course"; (2) "Patterns for a Stronger Region: Communication! Creativity! Commitment!"; (3) "Partnerships: Advancing Teaching and Learning"Folder 5: Delta Kappa Gamma News, Vol. 57, nos. 4,5 and 7; Vol....

Alpha Iota Chapter of ETA State (NC) Records, Add. #2

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Identifier: MSS 07-02
Content Description Literary productions & reports

Amos Brown Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-22
Content Description Legible and semi-legible photocopies. Scope and Contents According to his own testimony, Amos Brown (1766-1842) was born in Virginia. While a small child, his family moved to Mecklenburg County, NC, and then to Lincoln County, NC. However, it is possible that, since Lincoln County was formed from Tryon County, which in turn was formed from Mecklenburg County, the Brown's residence might have changed by county division rather than by family...

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,...

Anderson\Johnson Masonic Letter

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Identifier: SM 80-53
Scope and Contents A letter is from Jno. W. Anderson, Secretary of the Dalton Lodge, No. 105 of the Masonic Lodge, Dalton, GA, to John Calvin Johnson, Watkinsville, GA. The letter is an inquiry concerning the Masonic status of James P. Isbell. The only other name mentioned is that of Nathen C. Barner.

Andrew Jackson Manuscript

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Identifier: SM 80-30
Scope and Contents The collection contains a manuscript by Hilda Way Gwyn on the election of Andrew Jackson as President and his inaugural ceremony. The manuscript also includes biographical information on Robert Love, including within the manuscript text a letter from Colonel Love to William Welch in which he tells of his trip to Raleigh, NC, and the nomination of Andrew Jackson for President of the United States.

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,...

Associated Artists of North Carolina Collection, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 81-03
Content Description This addition to the Associated Artists of North Carolina collection contains additional correspondence of the organization and a Prospectus-Catalog summary. For additional information, see collection description for MSS 80-77.

Avery/Thomas Papers

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Identifier: MSS 80-07
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence of James R. Thomas, of Waynesville, NC, A. C. Avery of Morganton, NC, and Avery's wife (sister of James R. Thomas). James Thomas was the son of William H. Thomas, a North Carolina state senator, Cherokee Indian agent, and attorney for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. A. C. Avery was a North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice. Most of the correspondence concerns attempts to buy and sell the lands in Waynesville that belonged to James R. Love. ...

A.W. Farmer Civil War Letters

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Identifier: SM 06-03
Scope and Contents Two (2) letters from A.W. Farmer to his “Dear wife,” A.E. Farmer, during his service in the Thomas Legion in the Civil War. The first letter was addressed from Carter County in eastern Tennessee and dated April 7, 1863. The second letter was addressed from Freedom, also with an eastern Tennessee location indicated, and dated June 30, 1863. Ambrose Weston Farmer (1831 – 1908) and Artie Elizabeth Allen Farmer (1840 – 1871) married on January 27, 1857. Farmer enlisted in...

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...

Beal-Siler Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-26
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence and ledgers of the Beal and Siler families of Macon County, North Carolina. The correspondence contains information about home life in the area during the Civil War. The ledgers contain records of the annual family gatherings beginning in 1854. Folder 1 -Correspondence: 1852-1865. Folder 2 -" : 1877-1919. Folder 3 -" : n.d. Folder...

Bemis Hardwood Lumber Company & Graham County Railroad Company

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Identifier: MSS 99-01
Scope and Contents Records of the Bemis Hardwood Lumber Company and the Graham County Railroad Company, dated primarily during the 1920s-1970s, and including correspondence, annual reports and statements, deeds, financial statements, sales, stockholders meetings, tax information, general railroad information and the American Short Line Railroad Association, and publications about the timber industry.

Benedict/Wickham Family Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-25
Scope and Contents The collection includes two Civil War letters; transcripts of Civil War letters of Dr. David Benedict to his wife, Hattie Deaver, with a summary and commentary on the letters; the memoirs of Lucy Preston Wickham (1814-1897), as written by her daughter, Catherine Wickham Christian (1838-1902); and a family genealogy as published in the Firelands Pioneer by the Firelands Historical Society of Norwalk, Ohio.

Bicentennial Commission

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Identifier: MSS 80-56
Scope and Contents The North Carolina American Revolution Bicentennial Commission was established in 1967 by act of the North Carolina General Assembly. The Commission was to develop and conduct plans and programs commemorating the bicentennial of the American Revolution, and to make better known the major and leading role played by North Carolina in the American Revolution. The collection contains correspondence of the Commission with John Bell, the Commission representative at Western Carolina University;...

Brown Family Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-18
Scope and Contents Ezekial Brown was the son of Walter Brown, a native Englishman who settled with his family in Hall County, GA. Ezekial came to Haywood County, NC, in 1822. Ezekial's son John settled in nearby Jackson County. Most of the materials in this collection are records of Ezekial and John Brown's land transactions in the latter two counties, especially in the Scotts Creek area. There are nine such items in the collection ranging in date from 1817-1859. The pre-1822 arrival item is a document...

C. W. Slagle Papers

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Identifier: MSS 05-09
Content Description Papers of C.W. Slagle of Macon County, North Carolina, and the related Siler family. The collection includes correspondence, contracts and agreements with C.W. Slagle, surveys and accompanying correspondence and notes, financial records and receipts, letters of W.O. Wolfe to C.W. Slagle (1909) and sketch of monument, correspondence with the Alcoa company (primarily 1913-1918) and W.M. Ritter Lumber Company (primarily 1907 – 1916), a bound account ledger (primarily 1838 – 1868), a bound survey...

Catherine’s Chapel

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Identifier: SM 16-03
Scope and Contents Catherine’s Chapel refers to a small church on Brasstown Rd in the Caney Fork community in Jackson County, North Carolina. The church, established around 1906 was named for Ruth Catherine Parker Hooper, the wife of Western Huston Hooper. Catherine was responsible for soliciting donations from community members for the establishment of a building that would serve as a school and church for the community. Huston, an employee of the Jackson Lumber Company, later known as Blackwood Lumber Company...

Cathey Family Papers

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Identifier: MSS 94-04
Content Description Papers and records of the Cathey family of Haywood County, North Carolina, including two store ledgers (c. 1859-1870), two family Bibles with historical and genealogical entries, and a land grant, correspondence, and speech (c. 1800-1890)

Charles A. Bird (Sept. 30, 1853 - Jan. 25, 1938) Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-33
Scope and Contents Charles A. Bird was a farmer, community leader, Methodist lay leader, and political figure of Qualla Township in Jackson County, NC. He served as chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. He was the father of William E. Bird, who was dean of Western Carolina College from 1921-1957 (see MSS 80-34). The collection consists of correspondence, business and legal papers, and genealogical information on the Bird, Terrell, Wells, Reynolds, and related...

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...

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...

Corydon Bell Collection

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Identifier: MSS 85-18

Cullowhee Baptist Church Papers

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Identifier: MSS 92-4
Content Description The collection contains five minute books covering the period 1821-1946 and 1953-1960. In addition, there is one treasurer's account book for 1927-1928.

Cullowhee Baptist Church Papers, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 06-02
Content Description Records of the Cullowhee Baptist Church of Cullowhee, North Carolina, including ledger/minute books (July 1972 – September 1975, October 1975 – June 1981), “Individual Church Record” ledger (1942 – 1952), minutes of deacons meetings (November 1932 – August 1991, January 1992 – November 2001), church conferences ring-binders (May 1952 – October 1971, July 1972 – December 1998), and photographs.The Cullowhee Baptist Church, Add. #1 collection is an extension of the original Cullowhee...

Cullowhee Garden Club Collection

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Identifier: MSS 93-05
Content Description The collection contains notebooks and scrapbooks of the Cullowhee Garden Club, including publicity, awards, and history binders.

Cullowhee Garden Club Collection Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 94-8
Content Description Additional materials of the Cullowhee Garden Club. See description for accession MSS 93-05 for history of the Club and associated materials.

Dan Tompkins (1890-1950) Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-14
Content Description This collection contains correspondence, writings, and related materials of Dan Tompkins. Tompkins became editor of the Jackson County Journal in 1912, and remained in that capacity for the next thirty-one years, except for the period 1917-1918, when he served in World War I. He served as mayor of Sylva, NC, for twelve years; judge, in 1935; registrar of voters, in 1937; judge of elections, in 1943; and three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1947, he ran...

David M. Sherman Collection

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Identifier:  MSS 03-03
Content Description Correspondence, research materials, maps, and publications concerning the Southern Appalachian region. Principal topics include: (1) Charles Lanman, including correspondence and research materials concerning Lanman; Lynn Harris Heft, “Charles Lanman: Cultural Networking in the Nineteenth Century” (dissertation, Drew University, 1996); photographs and slides of Lanman’s paintings; and “Index for the Research Inquiries of David M. Sherman into the Life of Charles Lanman;” (2) Arnold Guyot,...

David M. Sherman Collection, Add. #3

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Identifier: MSS 04-08
Scope and Contents The Appalachian Trail Conference. Guide to the Southern Appalachians: The Appalachian Trail from Virginia-Tennessee Line to Mt. Oglethorpe, GA. Publication No. 8. [First edition stamped on spine]. Washington, D.C.: 1937.Arnold Guyot. The Earth and Man; Lectures on Comparative Physical Geography, in its Relation to the History of Mankind. Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1873.Gerald Broughton, Lowrey, Jr. “Benton MacKaye’s Appalachian Trail as a Cultural Symbol.” ...

Dever Family

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Identifier: SM 80-14
Scope and Contents Nathaniel Dever (also spelled Deaver) was of French descent and came to Buncombe County, NC, probably in the 1790s. The family later migrated to Illinois and then Missouri, where Nathaniel died. His three daughters returned to North Carolina with their uncle, William, while their mother remarried and moved with her two sons to Texas. One of the daughters who returned to North Carolina married Abraham Wiggins, while another daughter married T.J. Cooper. Both these families settled in Graham...

Drs. McGuire Collection

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Identifier: MSS 81-12
Content Description Records and memorabilia of Drs. McGuire, early dentists of Jackson County, NC.

Duenner-Young families

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Identifier: MSS 80-10
Content Description The collection concerns two families, the Young family of Bakersville, NC, and the Duenner family of Knoxville, TN.Correspondence constitutes the bulk of the collection, particularly letters from Frederick Otto ("Fritz") Duenner to his stepmother, Ella Young Duenner (the link between two families). The letters begin in 1898, just after Fritz Duenner had graduated from the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, and gone "on the road" in search of jobs as a civil engineer. Duenner's...

Eddie Marie Wike Sutton Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-13
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence (1894-1895) from W.D. Wike, editor of the Tuckaseigee Democrat, concerning his experiences in Texas and his travels in Jackson County, NC. Also included are four articles written by Mrs. Sutton: "Cullowhee - Its Beginning" (1949); "My Father - William Dallas Wike, His Life and Letters" (1958); "History of Cullowhee Methodist Church" (1961); and, "History of W.D. Wike Home" (1970). Mrs. Sutton also published articles in the Webster Historical Society's...

Edmonston / Kelly Families Papers

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Identifier: MSS 95-5
Content Description Correspondence (c. 1860-1865) of the Edmonston and Kelly families, particularly letters from R.P. Kelly, Ben Edmonston, and T.B. Edmonston -- serving as soldiers in the Civil War -- to family members in Haywood County, North Carolina, notably Dorothy Edmonston Kelly; additional correspondents include Maggie Edmonston and A. MacDowell. Also included are photographs and supporting research on the families and the individual items in the collection.

Edmonston / Kelly Families Papers, Add. #1

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Identifier: SM 10-09
Content Description Personal papers of the Edmonston and Kelly families of western North Carolina, including correspondence, dated primarily 1863 – 1864; envelopes; resolution (1868); two court judgments (1848); and unbound account booklet (1844).

Fain Family

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Identifier: MSS 80-21
Content Description The collection consists of papers relating to the Fain family of Cherokee County, NC, especially Mercer Fain (1820-1893) and his sons, John E. Fain and Alfred Allen Fain. Mercer Fain settled in Murphy, NC, around 1839. He was an attorney, land speculator, merchant, and a Confederate leader during the Civil War. He was also a railroad promoter and the first president of the Georgia & North Carolina Railroad, a narrow gauge line from Marietta, GA, which reached Murphy in 1888.

Fain Family, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 80-22
Content Description This addition to the Fain collection (see MSS 80-21) contains correspondence, legal papers, and business papers relating to the Fain family of Cherokee County, NC.

Fain Family, Addition # 2

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Identifier: SM 80-41
Scope and Contents The collection contains a photocopy of a family Bible and three letters from the Fain family of Cherokee County, NC, written to Dr. C.M. Hitchcock.



NOTE: For more information see Fain Family (MSS 80-21) and FAIN Family, Add. #1 (MSS 80-22).

Felix Alley Collection

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Identifier: MSS 81-08
Scope and Contents Felix E. Alley (1873-1958) served as judge of the North Carolina Superior Court for the 20th District (1933 - 1948). Alley was born July 5, 1873, in Cashiers, NC, the youngest of ten children. He attended Cullowhee High School, Cullowhee, NC, and later acted as the school's legal counselor. Prior to his appointment as judge, he taught school in Qualla, NC, served as clerk of superior court in Jackson County, NC, and served in the North Carolina House of...

First United Methodist Church, Sylva

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Identifier: MSS 11-02
Scope and Contents Records of the First United Methodist Church of Sylva, North Carolina, including, but not limited to, correspondence; meeting minutes, including Board of Stewards, Pilgrim Class, Anne Cowan Circle, Women's Society of Christian Service, Missionary Society, Women's Society, Woman's Home Mission Society, Wesleyan Service Guild; Quarterly Conference Records Books; Sunday School Record Books; financial records; membership information; memorabilia; church histories; architecture and remodeling;...

George Job Huntley Papers

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Identifier: MSS 95-10
Content Description The collection contains forty-five (45) letters written by George Job Huntley during his service in the Confederate army.

George Masa Collection, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 82-3
Content Description See the content & scope note of MSS 80-29 for biographical information on George Masa.

This addition to the George Masa collection consists of photocopies of correspondence to and from Masa. Major topics relate to Masa's photographic work, and involvement on the Appalachian Trail, creation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and park nomenclature. Several items refer to Horace Kephart, one of Masa's close associates.

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").

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.

H. T. Hunter Papers

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Identifier: MSS 02-04
Content Description Papers of Dr. H.T. Hunter (1883 - 1947), educator and president of Western Carolina Teachers College (formerly Cullowhee Normal & Industrial School and Cullowhee State Normal School, now Western Carolina University; 1923 - 1947).

Harris Clay Co./Harris-Rees Tannery (Dillsboro, NC)

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Identifier: MSS 80-63
Scope and Contents The collection contains business correspondence of the Harris Clay Co., which was owned and operated by C. J. Harris, and of the Harris-Rees Tanning Co., of which C.J. Harris was president and Harold B. Rees was vice president.The Harris Clay Co., located in Dillsboro, NC, sold and distributed clay to china (porcelain) companies throughout the United States.The Harris-Rees Tanning Co. was started in 1902 and was located in Sylva, NC. The company processed oak leather...

Harshaw Family Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-58
Scope and Contents The Harshaw family settled in Cherokee County, NC, in 1838. In that year, three brothers, John, Joshua, and Abram Harshaw located in the county. Most of the materials in the collection concern Abram Harshaw and his son Abram McDowell Harshaw. The Harshaws were businessmen and farmers. Abram and his descendants were reputed to be the largest slave owners in Cherokee County. The collection contains two account books. One book is not identified but probably belonged to...

Henry and William Wilson Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-75
Scope and Contents William Wilson (1831-1910) was a Cullowhee, NC, landowner and member of the "Noble Nine," the first board of trustees of Cullowhee High School (later Western Carolina University).Much of the collection consists of land deeds and descriptions, promissory notes, and legal papers. The land deeds are in the general Cullowhee area, although some extend into Macon County, NC. The promissory notes were held mostly by the Wilson family. ...

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.

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...

Horace Kephart Collection Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 82-2
Content Description This addition to the Horace Kephart collection contains photocopies of correspondence, legal papers, manuscripts and notebooks. The correspondence concerns Kephart, his friends and associates, and members of his family. It can be divided into two groups, marked by Kephart's death in April 1931. Much of the material before 1931 concerns Kephart's published works, activities involving the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Appalachian Trail, and other matters relating to Appalachian...

Hubert and Leona Hayes Papers, Add. #3

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Identifier: MSS 04-11
Content Description Twenty-First annual Hubert Hayes Youth Jamboree Brochure, April 24-26, 1969 (4 copies)Twenty-Second annual Hubert Hayes Jamboree Brochure, April 9-11, 1970 (4 copies)Twenty-Third annual Hubert Hayes Youth Jamboree Brochure, April 20, 29, May 1, 1970Twenty-Fourth annual Hubert Hayes Youth Jamboree Brochure, May-17-19, 1973 (3 copies)Twenty-Fifth annual Hubert Hayes Jamboree Brochure (n.d.)Brochure featuring story of Hubert & Leona...

Hubert and Leona Hayes Papers, Add. #4

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Identifier: MSS 04-12
Content Description Addition to collections concerning Hubert Hayes, Leona Hayes, and the Hayes Mountain Youth Jamboree, containing correspondence, publications, and photographs. For more information, see MSS 85-06, Hubert Hayes.

Hubert and Leona Hayes Papers, Add. #5

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Identifier: SM 06-01
Scope and Contents For information on Hubert Hayes and Leona Hayes, see the main entry for the Hayes Mountain Youth Jamboree collection, accession MSS 87-03.Gray binder containing clippings, a photograph, correspondence, and related material concerning the Hayes Mountain Youth Jamboree. Also, materials concerning the Avery County High School Square Dance Team, and their trip to Paris to perform at the Pershing Hall Memorial Building and Foundation du Memorial de L'Escadrille...

Hubert Hayes Collection, Add. # 1

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Identifier: MSS 87-05
Scope and Contents This collection includes published materials on folk life and folklore, sheet music, programs, and playbills. It also contains autographed photographs of performing artists.

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...

Hunter and Weaver Families Collection

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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...

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 Scrapbook Scrapbook 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...

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.

Jackson County Families Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SM 06-02
Scope and Contents The collection consists of two distinct parts. Part one contains Jackson County, North Carolina, tax statements (1921 – 1968) of D. B. Alexander and Mrs. D.B. Alexander and other personal papers. Part two contains correspondence (1929 – 1953), including birthday cards and cards for other celebrations or life events, and featuring the Buchanan and Frady families and Robert L. Madison; photographs; and other personal papers.

Jackson County Miscellany

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Identifier: SM 95-5
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous items primarily concerning Jackson County, North Carolina, particularly items relating to the McLain family. Notice of Sheriffs Sale: July 3, 1893. Receipt for "keeping watch over New York Corundum Co. property": 1893.J.E. Dickerson & Co. vs. New York Corundum Mining Company: Jan. 4, 1894Account book: 1894. Letter on letterhead of Miller & Fisher ("Dry Goods...

Jackson County School Ledger

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Identifier: SM 06-04
Scope and Contents Ledger with a title page heading “Common School Record of the Proceedings of the Board Superintendents of Jackson County.” The ledger consists thirty-two (32) pages and has entries dated between 1853 and 1861 for Jackson County, North Carolina. It includes an April 1861 entry with a list of “committeemen” that has forty-six numbered names. There is also a final, unrelated entry dated March 16, 1891, Cashiers, N.C., concerning a legal notice. For additional information,...

Jacob Siler Papers

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Identifier: MSS 05-08
Content Description Papers of the Siler family of Macon County, North Carolina, notably Jacob Siler (1795 – 1871), David W. Siler (1822 – 1884), and Charles W. Slagle, a grandson of Jacob Siler. The papers include correspondence, business and financial records, church minutes, contracts, affidavits, surveys/plats, financial papers, legal papers and other materials of family interest. Among the topics are Jacob Siler’s work on behalf of the state of North Carolina concerning Cherokee Lands and the Western...

James W. Terrell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 80-05
Scope and Contents James W. Terrell (1829-1908) was born in Rutherford County, NC. Little is known of his early years, except that he migrated westward to the Haywood County-Jackson County area of North Carolina. In 1852 Terrell took charge of William Holland Thomas's trading store in Quallatown, the business center of the North Carolina Cherokee community. Terrell eventually became an “Indian agent” (later known as superintendent), as was his employer and business partner, Thomas....

James Watson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SM 80-11
Scope and Contents The collection contains correspondence to James Watson, a Confederate soldier in the 25th North Carolina Regiment, from his wife Elizabeth Watson and friend Alfred Wilson. The Watsons and Wilson were residents of Jackson County, NC. The first letter wasis dated October 29, 1861, and was written to James Watson, care of Colonel T.L. Clingman, in the Beaufort District of South Carolina. Mrs. Watson wrote about missing her husband, food prices, crop conditions, the...

Jane Nagy and William Paulk Papers

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Identifier: MSS 04-05
Content Description Correspondence of Jane Nagy and William Paulk, of Cullowhee, N.C. Folder 1: Correspondence, 1984, 1985 & 1986.Folder 2: Correspondence, 1987.Folder 3: Correspondence, 1988.Folder 4: Correspondence, 1988, 1989.Folder 5: Correspondence, 1990.Folder 6: Correspondence, 1991.Folder 7: Correspondence 1992.Folder 8: Correspondence, 1993, 1994. Folder 9: Correspondence, 1995, 1996...

Jason D. Ledford Family Papers

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Identifier: SM 80-10
Content Description The collection contains genealogical material concerning the family of Jason D. Ledford of Cherokee County, NC. The main theme of the collection is Nathaniel C. Browder's attempt to establish that Jason D. Ledford (c. 1800-18??) was the son of Peter Ledford, Sr., of Burke County, NC. Browder assembled his evidence through quotations from Ledford descendants and evidence from official documents.Included in the papers are copies of 1923 correspondence from H.J. Crumley of Benton,...

Jesse Bryson Stalcup Collection

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Identifier: MSS 11-03
Content Description The collection contains correspondence of the Stalcup family of Macon County, North Carolina, 1899-1934; documents, including business and financial records; obituary information; thirty (30) photographs depicting images of the Stalcup family, the Buck Creek, North Carolina, vicinity, the Tate City, Georgia, vicinity, Mt. Zion Church in Macon County, mining and industrial scenes, and other scenes or buildings; eight (8) “Time Books” and/or “day books” of Jesse Bryson Stalcup containing names...

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)...

Joel T. Hubbard Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-02
Scope and Contents Joel Thomas Hubbard (1855-1933) was the owner and operator of a dry goods and notions store in Wilkesboro, NC, in the late 19th-early 20th centuries.



The collection consists primarily of correspondence to Hubbard from 1880-1931. In addition, there are business records, deeds, tax records and other legal documents, and news clippings. There is limited information on timber operations in Wilkes County, NC.

John Abbot Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-06
Scope and Contents The collection includes letters and four picture postcards with messages on the backs, received by Rosa Gibbs, an African American resident of Sylva, NC. The correspondence is from family and friends in North and South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and New Jersey. Other items in the collection include a picture of an unidentified couple and a bank book of Marion Carey of Waynesville, NC. The picture is possibly of Rosa Love and her husband. Carey’s relationship to Rosa Love Gibbs is...

John and Irenah Wike Collection

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Identifier: MSS 09-03
Scope and Contents Papers relating to the family of John Wike (1788-1841) and Irenah Isenhower Wike (1789-1875) of Jackson County, North Carolina, containing correspondence from the latter part of the 19th century through the early part of the 20th centur; western North Carolina land grants and deeds from the 19th century; School Census Record cards from the 1930's; brochures from the late 19th century through the early 20th century; a Winchester Firearms poster with land survey information written on the back;...

John Moore Crawford Family Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-24
Scope and Contents John Moore Crawford (1829-1933) was a descendant of George W. Crawford, Sr., the latter being the progenitor of Crawfords in Haywood, Macon, Clay and Cherokee Counties, NC. George W. Crawford, Jr., and Lorena Moore were the parents of John Crawford. The genealogy of the Crawford family may be found in incomplete form in W.C. Allen's The Annals of Haywood County, North Carolina (pp. 558-567). See also the excerpt from Daniel's Lyle's Daniel Lyle, Immigrant, which relates the ancestry of...

John Parris Collection

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Identifier: MSS 00-06
Content and Scope Papers of journalist and author John A. Parris (1914 - 1999).Parris served as a war correspondent during World War II and reported from the North African and European theaters. After the war he became noted for his "Roaming the Mountains" column that was a regular feature of the Asheville Citizen and Asheville Citizen-Times newspapers and which first appeared in February 1955.Parris' works included Springboard to Berlin (co-author; New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company,...

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...

John S. Seymour Collection

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Identifier: MSS 84-03
Scope and Contents John S. Seymour was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Western Carolina Teachers College (WCTC) (later Western Carolina University). Seymour was born in Charleston, SC, on April 5, 1893. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees (1921, 1927) in social science and education from the University of South Carolina, and a second M.A. degree from Columbia University (1928). He also did advanced study at the George Peabody College for Teachers and the University of North Carolina....

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...

Josefina Niggli Collection, Add. #1

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Identifier: MSS 97-5
Content Description Ms. Niggli (1910 - 1983) was an author and former member of the WCU faculty for whom Niggli Theatre is named. This addition to the Josefina Niggli collection contains a ring-binder / notebook containing correspondence, typescripts, and handwritten drafts and/or manuscripts by Niggli. The drafts sketch out the cast of characters of a novel, provide a chronology of events, and proceed to a 130 page typescript complete with revisions. Also in the collection are five photographs of...

Josefina Niggli Collection, Add. #3

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Identifier: MSS 09-04
Content Description For additional information on Josefina Niggli, see the description for manuscript collection MSS 85-13. The following books received with this collection were catalogued as part of Special Collections:Josephine Niggli. Mexican Silhouettes. [portion of title page torn off], 1931.Josephine Niggli. Mexican Silhouettes, 1928. Hidalgo, N.L., Mexico.Josephina Niggli. Pointers on Playwriting. Boston: The Writer, Inc., 1945.Josefina...

Joseph Cathey and Cathey Family Papers

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Identifier: MSS 95-02
Content Description Personal papers (C. 1844 - 1876) of the Cathey family of Haywood County, North Carolina, primarily of Col. Joseph Cathey, and including personal and/or business correspondence, financial and legal papers, paper monetary notes issued by various state governments, and newspapers (Daily South Carolinian, August 21, 1863; The Spirit of the Age, May 4, 1863) or newspaper clippings.

Juanita Farmer Proffitt and Jeannette Farmer Bryson Collection

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Identifier: MSS 10-04
Content Description Four hundred and thirty-five photographs, postcards (many with attendant correspondence, dated or postmarked primarily 1909 - 1921), and/or photographic negatives, either contained in two (2) albums or loose, along with various memorabilia, miscellaneous clippings, and correspondence.

Kiwanis - Cullowhee/Sylva (NC) Papers

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Identifier: MSS 80-38
Content Description The collection consists of seven scrapbook albums containing clippings, minutes and programs of the Cullowhee-Sylva Kiwanis Club (NC). One album, with inclusive dates 1955-1958, concerns the Sylva Kiwanis Club. The remaining albums cover the period from the formation in 1965 of the Cullowhee - Sylva Kiwanis Club up to 1978.

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...

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;...

Louis Hampton Collection

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Identifier: SM 05-07
Scope and Contents The collection contains a variety of items relating to Louis Hampton of North Carolina and later of Tennessee. There is one piece of correspondence, a letter written by Horace Kephart (1862 – 1931) to Louis Hampton, addressed from Lindale, Georgia, and dated October 5, 1909. In the letter, Kephart details his travels over the past year, his current living arrangements with Mr. and Mrs. Bob Barnett, future plans, and requests for news from Hampton about recent events in Swain County, North...

Louise Bayless Collection

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Identifier: SM 80-09
Scope and Contents The collection contains a history of Fort Butler in Cherokee County, NC, by Louise A. Bayless, and several genealogy items on Cherokee County families. These items include: 1. James P. H. Porter and Jane Owens marriage contract and subsequent dispute, 1842, 1849. 2. Biographical sketch of the Felix family. 3. Biographical sketch of the George Whery Dickey family. 4. Letter, Samuel W. to John W....

Major Wiley Parris Civil War Letters

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Identifier: SM 00-12
Content Description M. W. [Major Wiley] Parris of Jackson County, North Carolina, was 37 when he enlisted in May, 1861, and became a private in the North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment, Company B. The three letters presented here are to his wife, Jane Parris. Less than two weeks after his letter of July 3, 1862, he was discharged “by reason of being over age” (North Carolina Troops, vol. 7, p. 376). The Federal Census of 1860 for Jackson County, North Carolina, lists an M.W. Parris, age 36, and Jane Parris,...

Margaret Bare Collection

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Identifier: SM 81-07
Scope and Contents The collection consists of photographs of the Margaret Bare family and of the Murphy and Cherokee County area of North Carolina. Also included is a photocopy of an 1850 minister's license.

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...

McKee & Dills Families

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Identifier: MSS 12-01
Content Description The collection contains materials concerning the McKee, Dills, and related families, of western North Carolina, chiefly Jackson County, NC. Of note are several Civil War letters; a Certificate of Promotion to Second Lieutenant for C.S. Buchanan, July 26, 1863; and state of North Carolina Confederate currency.

Michael Frome Collection

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Identifier: MSS 80-30
Scope and Contents The collection includes a typescript, four galley proofs, and correspondence relating to Michael Frome's book, Strangers in High Places (Doubleday and Company, 1967). The book is a narrative history of the Great Smoky Mountains area and the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The correspondence concerns comments and criticisms from various authorities and from proof-readers, etc. Other portions of the correspondence, from faculty members of Princeton University to...

Nathaniel C. Browder, Add #1

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Identifier: SM 80-12
Scope and Contents The collection contains three unrelated items:(1) A photocopy of a letter dated November 18, 1776, from William Moore to General Griffith Rutherford concerning an expedition against the Cherokees in western North Carolina; the letter was photocopied from the Griffith Rutherford Papers, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and permission should be requested from that depository for use.(2) A photocopy of the will of R. H. Alexander...