Recently Processed Collections at UNC Asheville

Contributed by Gene Hyde

Biltmore Industries posterBlomberg, Patton & Grimes Biltmore Industries Collection: Contains documents from Asheville’s Grove Park Inn and Biltmore Industries, as well as papers of Fred Seely, the son-in-law of E. W. Grove. Working with his father-in-law, Seely designed and managed the Grove Park Inn, which opened in Asheville in 1913. In 1917 Seely purchased Biltmore Estate Industries homespun weaving business from Edith Vanderbilt. He changed the name to Biltmore Industries and moved it to a site beside Grove Park Inn. The collection includes 80 boxes of Fred Seely’s papers, 112 boxes documenting the management of Grove Park Inn during its first several decades of operation, and 92 boxes documenting the operation of Biltmore Industries.

Asheville Postcard Company Salesman’s Samples Collection: Contains 11 accordion-fold sample books from 1939-41 used by salesmen to solicit postcard orders from retail outlets. Includes hundreds of postcards of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and other Southern locations.

“Cut the Clearcutting” Papers - Contains papers from the Western North Carolina citizens groups documenting opposition to U. S. Forest Service plans for for management of the Nantahala and Pisgah Forests, specifically even-aged management through clearcutting and shelterwood cutting. The papers document activities to change the Forest Service plans and include correspondence, personal notes, newspaper clippings covering forestry activities, and petitions to increase public awareness.

River Link Papers: RiverLink is an environmental non-profit organization that works to preserve and develop the French Broad River and its surrounding environment.  Covering the years 1986-2016, the collection contains administrative records, documents from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, media coverage of River Link and its activities, photographs, and other materials.

Bluff Mountain Papers - Western North Carolina Alliance: The Bluff Mountain Papers document efforts by the Western North Carolina Alliance and other groups to stop planned logging on Bluff Mountain in Western North Carolina in 1996-97. (The Western North Carolina Alliance later merged with two other groups to form MountainTrue. UNCA just received the first of several planned donations of materials from MountainTrue, adding to our collections documenting environmental activism in Western North Carolina.)

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CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant for UNC Charlotte

1996 Harvey Gantt campaign posterUNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program for their proposal, “Preserving the Harvey B. Gantt 1996 Senate Campaign Recordings.” Through this project, more than 300 audio and video recordings from the 1996 U.S. Senate race in North Carolina between incumbent Jesse Helms and challenger Harvey B. Gantt will be digitized, preserved, and made available for research and teaching. Gantt, a civil rights activist, groundbreaking politician, and accomplished architect/city planner, desegregated Clemson University in 1963 and became the first African American mayor of Charlotte in 1983. In both 1990 and 1996, Gantt challenged Helms, nearly unseating him.

The majority of the $18,740 award will go toward digital reformatting of the collection over the course of one year, and the project will serve as a model for future audiovisual preservation, access, and description projects in Atkins Library. For more information about the Recordings at Risk program and funded projects, visit

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Newly processed collections at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

City of Greenville (NC) Public Works Office Collection, 1963-1988, undated (bulk 1980-1988) Manuscript Collection: Photographic prints and negatives of city government officials and employees, buildings and activities taken in and around Greenville, North Carolina, for the City of Greenville (NC) Public Works Office.

Greenville Urban Renewal Files, 1948-1984, Manuscript Collection: Records of the Redevelopment Commission of the City of Greenville, North Carolina, primarily for the Shore Drive Urban Renewal area, including appraisals, boundary description, demolition contracts, financial records, relocation files, acquisition records, reports property photographs, etc.

Greenville Council of Church Women Collection, Manuscript Collection: Collection (1945-1987) of documents, clippings, and printed materials relating to the members, officers, organization and activities of the Greenville Council of Church Women, Greenville, North Carolina, including support of UNICEF, World Day of Prayer, World Community Day, May Fellowship, Christian Education and Christian Social Relations. Also included is a rough draft of the constitution for the Woman's Club of Greenville.

Perry-Weston Educational and Cultural Institute, Inc., Records: Records (2008-2016) document the history of the Perry-Weston Educational and Cultural Institute, Inc., from its founding in 2008 by Mr. C. Rudolph Knight, Dr. Florence A. Armstrong, and Dr. Lawrence W. S. Auld to promote African American history, genealogy, culture, and arts, particularly in Edgecombe County (Princeville and Tarboro) and North Carolina, until its dissolution in 2016. Included are programs, invitations, circulars, posters, correspondence, clippings, and articles of incorporation and dissolution that document exhibits, historic talks and presentations, tours, a Nonagenarian Tea, and publications.

Robert Morgan Papers:  Papers, 1861-2011 (bulk 1940-1992), undated, of Senator Robert Burren Morgan, an ECU alumnus and lawyer, who served the state of North Carolina in a variety of elected and appointed positions. The collection includes series relating to Morgan's family and personal matters, North Carolina Senate Files, Attorney General Files, United States Senate Files, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Files, and Oversized Materials Files. It includes manuscripts, photographs, audio and video materials, electronic records, printed materials, and ephemera.

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New North Carolina Librarian at ECU

Contributed by Dale Sauter

picture of Jennifer DaughertyECU welcomes a new North Carolina Librarian, Jennifer Crowder Daugherty.  Jennifer previously served as Special Collections Librarian at the New Hanover Public Library. She has managed state and local history collections in North Carolina libraries for the past seven years. Her previous service also includes positions in the Cumberland County Public Library, Somerset County Community College in London, Kentucky, and Indiana University in Bloomington.

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New Acquisitions at the East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

Zachary Taylor Koonce III Papers:  Koonce III (1928-2015) of Washington, N.C., was a public-school system educator and administrator for over 20 years, created and restored furniture and antique cars, and wrote poetry and essays about eastern North Carolina. Included in this collection are published and unpublished poems and short stories by Mr. Koonce including publications containing poetry and local history articles, clippings of a local history column he wrote titled “Tying Up” for the Beaufort-Hyde News (1987-1988), the “Narrowneck (N.C.) Letters” (1984), a series of poems titled “The Shadow People,” and the “Gift of Love” poems (1974-1975) not selected to be included in a publication.  Donated by Dr. Peggy Koonce.

Richard H. Owen Collection:  This collection contains correspondence (August 1941-June 1942, undated) between Richard H. Owen and his parents, especially his mother Mrs. M. A. Owen in Miami, Florida, while he was serving aboard the USS Crescent City and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas. Also included is a notepad containing First Aid lessons and addresses.  Donated by Barbara Orrell-Jones

Francis Speight Papers:  This collection contains correspondence (1965-1975, 2001) between R. Philip Hanes, Jr., Francis Speight, William Hull, Eric C. Hulmer, and C. Barbour Strickland, III, related to North Carolina and Pennsylvania artist Francis Speight’s paintings, especially “Winter Scene.” Donated by William H. Taft, Jr.

Pitt County Schools Historical Records: Contains scrapbooks documenting activities for various schools such as Greenville Middle School (1978-1981) and C.M. Eppes (1992-1993).  Also included are J. H. Rose High School football records (1977) for the "Ramparts," football booster club booklets (1970-1972), official program for Greenville High School (October 1974) and a project manual for Greenville Middle School (June 1976.)

Peter Landers Makuck Papers: This collection contains literary and personal papers of Dr. Peter L. Makuck, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the English Department, where he taught from 1978 to 2006. Included are correspondence, lecture and teaching notes, and drafts of poems and short stories. A large portion of this collection pertains to the publication of Tar River Poetry by the English Department at ECU from its founding in 1978 by Dr. Makuck until 2015. Included are correspondence and all but one of the issues.  10 cubic feet.

African American Masonic Group Photograph: A photograph, ca. 1880-1920, of an African American Masonic group thought to be the King Solomon Lodge of New Bern, North Carolina. Established in 1865, it was the first African American Masonic Lodge in North Carolina.

James K. Proctor III Papers: This donation consists of a certificate appointing James K. Proctor as Postmaster at Greenville, N.C., on May 11, 1944, and a plaque that used to be on the Greenville High School (later the Greenville Junior High School) that stood at the corner of Reade and Fifth Streets until it burned in 1968.  The plaque mentions that the school was built by the Civil Works Administration (1933-1934) and the Emergency Relief Administration of North Carolina (1933-1935). Approximately 0.08 cubic feet.

David A. Spetrino Papers: David Spetrino (1937-2017) was a retired Navy captain who worked with the Office of Naval Intelligence (1972-1977), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977-1984), and the Central Intelligence Agency (1984-1999). This collection contains Naval personnel files (1971-1999); research papers; tactical manuals; training certificates; military journals, training documents, and publications; correspondence (2000s); DVDs and CDs; and Psychological Operations Campaign materials. Approximately 4.5 cubic feet.

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New First-Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian at UNC Greensboro

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University Libraries has welcomed Rachel Sanders as the new First-Year Instruction and Social Sciences Librarian in Research, Outreach and Instruction. Sanders earned her bachelor of art’s degree in History from UNC Greensboro and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary responsibilities include working with Communication Studies’ students and being the liaison to Social Work and Community/Therapeutic Recreation departments. Sanders’ professional interests include information literacy instruction, researching library anxiety among students, educational technologies, first-year experiences, and furthering professional networks among academic librarians.

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North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center invite supporters to take to social media and express how the center has made a difference for you. Use the hashtags #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals and be sure to tag @NCDHC on Twitter, @NCDigitalHeritageCenter on Facebook.

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Civil War Medicine Exhibit at Laupus Library

Contributed by Layne Carpenter

Laupus Library’s History Collections recently installed an exhibit about Civil War Medicine.  The exhibit, entitled Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War, examines how doctors and medical staff cared for the soldiers, looking specifically at surgery, disease, infection, and the role of hospitals.

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The collections manager and exhibit curator developed a blog post that features highlights from the exhibit.  You can view the post here:


Fighting for their Lives: Medical Practices During the American Civil War will be on display in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, 4th Floor Laupus Library through June 3, 2018.

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Charlotte-Area Spring SNCA Social

Contributed by Ron Stafford

When: April 30, 2018, 6:30 PM
Where: 100 East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain NC, 28086

Please come out for a tour of Kings Mountain Historical Museum, featuring their current exhibition, "From Over Here to Over There: World War I in the Southwest Piedmont."  Parking is available in the parking lot behind the museum and is also free and plentiful on the street.

The tour will be followed by social time at 238 Cherokee Grill, starting at 7:45pm.  SNCA will provide appetizers.

Please RSVP by April 16th.  For questions, please contact Ron Stafford,

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2018 Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award Winner

Contributed by Karen Feeney

The SNCA Development Committee is excited to announce that Aaron Smithers is the 2018 Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award recipient. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding service to the archive profession in North Carolina by promoting cultural institutions, preserving resources, providing leadership, training, or mentoring new members in the field.

Aaron is the Southern Folklife Collection Assistant at Wilson Library Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his work with the Southern Folklife Collection, he has used his extensive knowledge of the collection to lead outreach programs and exhibit initiatives that draw diverse groups of visitors. He is adept at bringing together different collections and fostering partnerships that provide a fuller understanding of exhibits and programs. One such undertaking is the Sounds of ‘68: Revolution in the Air exhibit at the Wilson Library. Bringing together materials from four separate UNC Libraries photograph collections, the Music Library, and the Southern Folklife Collection, Aaron has not only helped to tell the story of music in a pivotal year in the United States, but he has also managed to “promote public awareness and appreciation” for unique cultural institutions within the UNC Libraries.

In addition to his collaborative approach to archive exhibits, Aaron also fills the role of teacher when he supervises student assistants and provides mentorship to individuals accepted to the Southern Folklife Collection Audiovisual Research Fellowship Program. Preservation of cultural resources also plays a role in his daily work as he regularly performs conversion and preservation of audio/visual materials along with reference services and curation.

Aaron is a valuable member of the Wilson Library staff who uses his folklore discipline background to create distinctive exhibits that promote multiple collections that reach a wide variety of people. He is also able to provide new professionals with mentoring and training to assist them in their service to the profession while using his technology skills to preserve culturally significant audio and visual materials for future research and appreciation.

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