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Collection Number: 00028

Collection Title: W. W. Ashe Papers, 1859-1932

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1275 items)
Abstract William Willard Ashe was a native of North Carolina; botanist, and forester with the North Carolina Geological Survey, 1892-1905, and the United States Forest Service, 1905-1932. The collection includes professional correspondence, chiefly 1898-1932, and other papers of William Willard Ashe, including correspondence with academic and government botanists and with members of the timber industry, concerning plant specimens, forestry techniques and products, and soil conservation and flood control. Personal and professional pictures, field notes, and drafts of Ashe's writings also appear.
Creator Ashe, W. W. (William Willard), 1872-1932.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the W. W. Ashe Papers #28, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. William W. Ashe prior to 1940, and transferred from the U.N.C. Botany Department, 1959, 1960, and 1963.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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William Willard Ashe, son of Samuel A'Court and Hannah Emerson Willard Ashe, was an active forester and botanist. He was forester for the the North Carolina Geological Survey, 1898 1905, and served with the United States Forest Service in Washington, D.C., 1905-1932.

For further biographical information consult folder 41 of this collection and the 1936 sketch by William A. Dayton, available in the North Carolina Collection.

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The collection documents Ashe's work chiefly through correspondence between Ashe and other foresters, botanists, and timber industrialists. Also included are field notes, personal and professional pictures, and writings by Ashe.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1890-1932.

About 1000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly letters from and carbon copies of letters to others involved in botany and the forestry industry. Correspondence typically relates to sharing plant specimens and to professional articles. Some personal correspondence appears, especially in the undated folders. A few financial records, which apparently relate to Ashe's herbarium, also appear, chiefly after 1928.

Folder 1


Folder 2

January-February 1898

Folder 3

March-June 1898

Folder 4

July 1898-1899

Folder 5


Folder 6


Folder 7


Folder 8


Folder 9


Folder 10


Folder 11a

January-July 1925

Folder 11b

August-December 1925

Folder 12

January-May 1926

Folder 13

June-October 1926

Folder 14

November-December 1926

Folder 15

January-May 1927

Folder 16

June-December 1927

Folder 17

January-June 1928

Folder 18

July-December 1828

Folder 19

January-May 1929

Folder 20

June-December 1929

Folder 21

January-August 1930

Folder 22

September-December 1930

Folder 23

January-June 1931

Folder 24

July-August 1931

Folder 25

September-December 1931

Folder 26


Folder 27


Folder 28


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About 125 items.

Arrangement: by format then roughly chronological.

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About 75 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological..

Typed and handwritten copies of professional writings by Ashe, and notes for writings.

Folder 29


Folder 30-32

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32


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About 50 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological..

Folder 33-34

Folder 33

Folder 34

Clippings and reprints of professional articles by Ashe.

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Chiefly notes and journals written by Ashe relating to observations of forestry techniques. Information about species distribution, harvest times, and harvest techniques are typically recorded. Also included is a 1868 letter and 1859 deed of W. E. Willard and biographical information about Ashe.

Folder 35

1859 deed and 1868 letter

Folder 36-37

Folder 36

Folder 37

Forestry notes

Folder 38-40

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Forestry journals

Folder 41

Biographical information

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Chiefly pictures showing forestry techniques. Pictures of professional colleagues and family members also appear.

Image Folder PF-00028/01

Family Pictures

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Image Folder PF-00028/02-10










Forestry Pictures

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

Image Folder PF-00028/11

Family Pictures

Black-and-White Photographic Negatives

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