Ramsey Library Special Collections
A number of the manuscript collections
housed in Special Collections were originally collected by the
staff of the Southern Highlands Research Center, the precursor to Special Collections that was founded in 1977. The Center’s mission was to collect materials documenting Asheville as an Appalachian city. While the urban Appalachian focus has been retained, other collections have been added as Special Collections’ mission has expanded to meet the needs of undergraduate research programs at UNCA. Included in the manuscript collections are materials that center on race and ethnicity, forestry, religion in the Southern Appalachians, Asheville’s urban renewal, WWI and WWII, mill towns, arts and crafts, and other local, regional, national and international materials of interest to the undergraduate researcher, the scholar and the general user.
Gus and Emma Adler Collection, [M2011.10] A small collection photographs documenting the Sky Club owned and operated by Gus and Emma Adler in Asheville from the 1930s to the 1950s. Other photos are of the Adlers and their friends and family. Allison Cookbook Collection[M2016.01]. The Pamela C. Allison Cookbook Collection contains over 700 community and commercially published cookbooks that document recipes, cooking, and foodways in the Southern Appalachians, North Carolina, and the American South. In addition, the collection s nearly 200 commercial food and kitchen appliance company cookbooks as well as a small collection of historic cookbooks and books on cookbook collecting.
American Association of University Women (AAUW), Asheville Papers,
[M77.9.1 7 ; OS77.9.1 11] Western North Carolina chapter archive.
Walter Ashe Collection, [ M99.02.01] Comprehensive history of the three USS Asheville
ships and one submarine. Materials are comprised mainly of three
## ## large scrapbooks which recount the history of the USS Ashevilles,
particularly the second vessel and its activity in the Pacific theater
of WWII, the South China Sea. See also the oral history taken from Walter Ashe.
Asheville Colleges Collection, [M2015.04]. A small collection of miscellaneous documents from colleges in and around Asheville in the early 20th century. The documents primarily originate from Asheville Normal College, but materials from Blue Ridge College and Wingate College are d
Asheville Garden Club Collection, [M79.5] Documents primarily related to the creation of botanical gardens on the campus of Asheville Biltmore College (now UNC Asheville), and a submission for the Gapen Silver Cup for Conservation
Asheville Industrial Council
(See: Frank Coxe Papers.)
Asheville Model Cities Records, [M2005.11.1 2] A small collection of records and publications
related the the “Model Cities” plan for
Asheville Postcard Company Salesman’s Samples Collection, [M2008 03] A collection of 11 salesman’s sample books from the Asheville Postcard Company, dated 1939 41. Includes hundreds of postcards of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and other Southern locations.
City of Asheville Reports 1966 1975, [M2017.1] Reports prepared by, or about, the City of Asheville and published between 1966 and 1975, including statistical analyses, development studies, and budget reports.
Asheville YWCA Archive,A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Robert and Audrey Bayer Paper Dress Collection, [OS2007.12.1 2] A unique window into popular