The College Archives holds the records of the school from 1894 through the present. We have materials on college property and buildings, the farm, and academic departments. These include reports, plans, memos, correspondence, blueprints, maps, and drawings. We have papers of school presidents, deans, faculty and staff; these include reports, speeches, studies, writings, correspondence,and memos.

School sign
1928
Other administrative files provide information on the WWC work and service programs, the Boards of Trustees, financial matters, and long range planning.We have correspondence from the Board of National Missions officials and the Board's legal files, and records of the college chapel, and papers on church and college relations.

Students on campus
1983
Printed materials include newsclippings from the 1940s through the present. Posters, brochures, and other graphics document concerts, theater, sports, lecture series, ceremonies and festivals.We also have promotional materials, yearbooks, catalogs, handbooks, directories,literary publications, school magazines and newsletters and administrative bulletins.

WWC cheerleaders
Our audiovisual materials include staff and alumni oral histories, sermons, concerts, and other programs. We have tapes of mountain and folk music, concerts, and a retrospective on Black Mountain College. Videotapes document commencements and other activities, and we have promotional filmstrips, movies, and videos. Our extensive photographic collection shoes campus activities from the 1890s through the present.


Students holding baby pigs
1908
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We hold the archives of the Asheville Normal and Teachers College, a sister Presbyterian school established in 1892. These contain correspondence, newsclippings, yearbooks, student records, and photographs. We also have some records of the Mossop and the Dorland-Bell schools. The Congressional papers of James McClure Clarke are housed in the archives. Clark, an assistant to Presidents Bannerman and Holden, served in the Unted States House of Representatives from 1983-85 and 1987-1991.


Interior of the log library that Farm School students built in the early 1930s


The library’s special collections are housed in the Elizabeth Shepard Room in the archives. They include theses by graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, and papers by students in honors and history seminars, and in interdisciplinary programs. There are also some documentary works in American history, several early Bibles, and the American Guide Series, written and published under the aegis of the Federal Writers’ Project during the 1930s.Other books in the archives are publicationas by college staff, faculty, adminstrators and alumni; histories of the college, local and regional histories, guides to Western North Carolina, and some items on the Presbyterian Church. We also have a collection of original bird prints by John James Audubon.





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