UNCA Special Collections and University Archives

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UNCA Special Collections and University Archives


Collection of archives and primary source materials. Housed in the D.H. Ramsey Library on the campus of UNC Asheville.


Recordings, images, publications, and various texts, specializing in material relate to urban Appalachia.








Manuscript collections, oral histories, individual Photographs, vertical files and newspaper clippings, rare books and publications


Asheville, and Buncombe County, North Carolina

Collection Items

A collection of personal correspondance, photographs, and papers of educator Lucy Saunders Herring.

The East Riverside Photographs Collection contains over 230 photographs, documents, and postcards donated by individuals and families associated with the East Riverside urban redevelopment project of Asheville, North Carolina. Many are turn of the…

Often excluded and invisible from the histories of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, those of African-American descent contributed much to the physical and cultural environment of these highlands. Those who were credited as being responsible for…

Primarily comprises administrative papers, board minutes, annual reports, photographic materials, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks from the YWCA in Asheville. The materials document the Central YWCA, the segregated Phyllis Wheatley Branch, and…

This collection comprised oral histories collected by Asheville Living Treasures, an all volunteer organization dedicated to honoring elders in the Asheville and Buncombe County area who have shaped the community and helped make it a better place to…

The scrapbook contains photographs, although many are missing, and includes images of the Wings Over Jordan, a choral group, as well as unidentified people. The people are predominantly African American, but one page has photos of Caucasians. Other…

Small collection of materials related to Beatrice Francine Mitchell Delany, a much beloved and influential Asheville educator. The collection contains certificates, awards, letters, and photographs.

The Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection contains a sample of over 1000 photographs that document the African-American community in Asheville, NC, from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. The Isaiah Rice Collection provides an important photographic…

The collection comprises ten oral histories, and a further two for which only text outlines exist, collected by social activist Karen Vaneman. These focus on African-Americans living in Asheville during the time of the Asheville Urban Renewal…

Contains records of interviews conducted, in 2005, by the Center for Diversity Education about the desegregation in the Asheville area. Some interviews only contain transcripts, or summaries, and no audio is available. The interviews formed the basis…
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