D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

D H Ramsey Library Special Collections -Sundry Photographs

Summary Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
D H Ramsey Library Special Collections -Sundry Photographs
Date [inclusive]
0.16 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains photographic negatives, transparencies, and contact sheets

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sundry Photographs, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Scope and Contents

Mostly contains miscellaneous photographic negatives of unknown origin(s) and source(s). Some may be copies made of images in other collections within Special Collections, and few, if any, seem to be original negatives. The materials generally cover the Asheville and Western North Carolina geographic area, with the exception of one series of negatives that cover an unidentified city. It is difficult to date many of the images, but they all seem be from the early 20th century. In addition, there are nine 35mm transparencies dated 1998, showing downtown Asheville buildings and architecture.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504


No known restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials in this collection is unknown. The materials were discovered in Special Collections in 2016, but no record of their origin has, so far, been found. With the possible exception of three images of Pack Square, none of the negatives appear to be original, and many could be copy negatives if images in other collections held by the Ramsey Library. No attempts to match such duplicates, or remove them from this collection, have been made. The nine transparencies show architectural features of buildings and may have been used for a class but, if so, this has not been recorded.

Processing Information

Processed by Colin Reeve, June 2016

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Collection Inventory


Folder 1: Pack Square, circa 1914 [3 negatives] 

Folder 2: (Wolfe) Angel Statue, nd [3 negatives] 

Folder 3: Various images of railroad, horse & buggy, cabin, building near lake, mountain, and lake. Unidentified and undated. May be copies of prints in other collections. [10 negatives] 

Folder 4: Various images of unidentified (European?) city and people. Possibly early 20th century. [30 negatives & contact sheet] 

Folder 5: Various images of (street market), unidentified buildings, Wolfe store and angel, (football) team, and a group of people outside a building. Circa 1920s? [23 negatives and contact print] 

Folder 6: Various images of Biltmore House, unidentified man, painting, blueprint, and (Asheville). Possibly copies of prints in other collections 

Folder 7: Various images of the old Buncombe Co. Courthouse, Pack Square, Asheville, and a street parade. All possibly copies of prints in other collections. [22 negatives] 

Folder 8: Biltmore School, April 3, 1980 [15 negatives & contact sheet] 

Folder 9: Street scenes from Asheville circa 1970, showing Patton Ave, College Street, and Tunnel Road [4 prints] 

Folder 10: (E M Ball and an actor), nd [1 print] 

Folder 11: Dr. Sondley library, nd [1 print] 

Folder 12: Young woman (dancing) watched by four adults and a child, nd [1 print] 

Folder 13: Young man in (Edwardian) style clothes, nd [1 print] 

Folder 14: Two men with wheelbarrows (of mud), print is mounted on foamboard with label "Coweeta" on obverse, (1930s) [1 print] 

Folder 15: Unidentified woman, "Howard by (Seymour Brown)" written in pencil, nd [1 print] 

Folder 16: Renovation of Wall Street Asheville, circa 1960 [1 print] 

Folder 17: Negative copies of prints from other collections made by the Southern Highlands Research Center. Images from Ball and Robinson Collections identified, others remain unidentified. 

Folder 18: Asheville downtown buildings and architecture, (1998) [9 transparencies] 

Folder 19: David Millard Junior High School, nd [17 negatives]