Collection Number: 05780

Collection Title: Creighton Lee Calhoun Papers on Southern Apples, 1970s-2010

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Size 8.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)
Abstract Creighton Lee Calhoun (1934-) is a white heirloom southern apple collector, author, and retired Army lieutenant colonel who lives in Chatham County, N.C. The Creighton Lee Calhoun Papers on Southern Apples consist of notebook binders of images of apples, Calhoun's correspondence with apple cultivators in the South, his annotated research files documenting southern apple varieties and their origins, and newspaper clippings about apple varieties and his apple research. Also included are several visual catalogs used by traveling nursery vendors that illustrate apples.
Creator Calhoun, Creighton Lee, Jr., 1934-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Creighton Lee Calhoun Papers on Southern Apples #05780, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Creighton Lee Calhoun in August 2018 (Acc. 103397) and September 2019 (Acc. 103718).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Creighton Lee Calhoun (1934-) is a white retired Army lieutenant colonel who lives in Chatham County, N.C., near the Haw River. He spent over thirty years collecting heirloom southern apple varieties in the hope of sustaining them. Along with his wife, Edith Calhoun, he authored the definitive history of southern apple varieties, Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts , offering both their human and natural history. Calhoun also helped establish the Horne Creek Living Farm.

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The Creighton Lee Calhoun Papers on Southern Apples consist of notebook binders of images of apples, Calhoun's correspondence with apple cultivators in the South, his annotated research files documenting southern apple varieties and their origins, and newspaper clippings about apple varieties and his apple research. Also included are several visual catalogs used by traveling nursery vendors that illustrate apples.

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Contents list

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22 volumes.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103397

Box 1

Plate books, circa 1920s #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 1

Apple varieties: A-K #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 1

Box 2

Apple varieties: L-Z #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 2

Box 3

Catalogs #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 3

Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina.

Box 4

A Collection of Southern Nursery Catalogs, Apple Sections Only #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 4

South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Arkansas, Florida.

A Compilation of Southern Catalog Listings #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 4

American Pomological Society Proceedings, 1871; Southern Apple and Peach Culturist, 1872; Gardening for the South, 1885; Southern Cultivator, 1866; Cider; Catalogue of Fruit and Flower Plates, 1877.

Box 5

Binder with correspondence and photographs from other apple growers and enthusiasts, 1980s-1990s #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 5

Includes apple name, orchard location, correspondence, source information.

"Old Southern Apples: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts" (typescript) #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." Box 5

Photograph Album PA-05780/1

Apple Pictures, Masters A-D #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/1

Photograph Album PA-05780/2

Apple Pictures, Masters E-J #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/2

Photograph Album PA-05780/3

Apple Pictures, Masters K-P #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/3

Photograph Album PA-05780/4

Apple Pictures, Masters Q-Z #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/4

Photograph Album PA-05780/5

Apples: Abram-Fyan #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/5

Photograph Album PA-05780/6

Apples: Gable-Ozark Beauty #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/6

Photograph Album PA-05780/7

Apples: Park's Pippin-York #05780, Series: "Original deposit of August 2018, 1970s-2010." PA-05780/7

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1200 items

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103718

Box 6-7

Box 6

Box 7

Correspondence, 1980s-1990s #05780, Series: "Addition of October 2019, 1980s-1990s." Box 6-7

Letters exchanged between Calhoun and other heirloom apple growers and enthusiasts. Also includes some background about Calhoun's search for apple varieties.

Box 7

Newspaper clippings #05780, Series: "Addition of October 2019, 1980s-1990s." Box 7

About apple varieties and Calhoun's apple research.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2018

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2018

Revisions by: Nancy Kaiser, October 2019

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