Daily Archives: May 20, 2010

Four BMC Finding Aids

Four updated finding aids related to Black Mountain College (BMC) have been added to the Private Collections Finding Aids page. These finding aids were in an older form of Encoded Archival Description (EAD, the national standard for putting archival finding aids online), meaning that they could only be viewed using certain versions of Internet Explorer. We have now moved them to the most current version of EAD which will allow them to be viewed in other web browsers, like Firefox.  We’ve also added asterisks (*) beside the titles of all other finding aids that are currently in the older form of EAD and we hope to update more of these finding aids as time allows.

Sylvia Girsh Ashby Collection, 1946 – 1950
Sylvia Girsh (subsequently Mrs. Cliff Ashby) was a student at Black Mountain College during the late 1940s. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. The Sylvia Girsh Ashby Collection is a small collection of memorabilia relating to Black Mountain College during the years 1946-1948 including photographs, college publications, and an obituary. (16 items, 2 of which are duplicates)

Stephen H. Forbes Papers, 1935-1967
Stephen H. Forbes (1910- ) attended Black Mountain College from 1935-1938 and from 1940-1942. Later, he became a friend and financial supporter to the school. His papers include correspondence dating from 1937 to 1959 concerning administration of the college, faculty changes, campus and physical plant development, operating finances and issues relating to property owned by the college. Other materials in the collection include pages from a journal kept by Forbes; class notes and exams; and notes on financial situations and other issues. (192 items)

Clark Foreman Papers, 1942-1944
Clark Howell Foreman taught political science at Black Mountain College during the 1943-1944 school year. Black Mountain College was an experimental school located in Black Mountain, N.C. Established in 1933 by John A. Rice and others, the purpose of the college was to educate the whole person, with an emphasis on the role of the arts and creative thinking. Clark Foreman’s papers contain letters and articles related to Black Mountain College, conflicts between members of the college community, and racial integration. (12 items, 1 folder.)

Horace McGuire Wood Papers, 1933-1972
Horace McGuire Wood (1902-1972) came to Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, NC) in 1942 to become the school’s business manager and director of the work experience program. He later taught design and construction courses. After they left the college in December 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Wood continued to live at their home in the town of Black Mountain, where he conducted a house planning and building seminar for many years. The papers include correspondence from both during and after Wood’s time at Black Mountain College, work experience program materials, minutes of faculty meetings, Black Mountain College publications, house plans, site plans, and other materials. (325 items)

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