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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