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Local History Archives in Buncombe County: Museums with Special Collections

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

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Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Location: 

120 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Contact information:

828-350-8484
info@blackmountaincollege.org

Access options:

The Black Mountain College Museum's noncirculating research library is open to the public. A portion of the museum's holdings has been digitized, and some archival material is available to researchers upon request.

Digitized materials available?

Yes

Collection strengths:

The museum archive holds many unique books and some manuscript collections relating to the history and legacy of Black Mountain College.

Dry Ridge Historical Museum

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Dry Ridge Historical Museum

Location: 

60 Lakeshore Drive,
Weaverville, NC 28787

Contact information:

828-407-3701
dryridgemuseum@gmail.com

Access options:

The Dry Ridge Historical Museum's exhibit space is open to the public, and scholars can contact the museum to inquire about research access to their collections. Their holdings are available for research.

Digitized materials available?

No

Collection strengths:

The museum's collection focuses on the history of Weaverville and the surrounding area, including notable people, businesses, genealogy, maps, and early settlement.

Western North Carolina Historical Association

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Western North Carolina Historical Association

Location: 

Smith-McDowell House Museum
283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801

Contact information:

828-253-9231
smh@wnchistory.org

Access options:

The Western North Carolina History Association is not a standard archive, but rather an organization of local archives and museums that work to promote and coordinate historical preservation in the Buncombe County and Western North Carolina area. The association also operates a historical museum, the Smith-McDowell House Museum, which is closed for renovations as of 2022. Some materials from the Smith-McDowell House Museum are available online. 

Digitized materials available?

Yes.

Collection strengths:

In addition to the resources that can be found through the Western North Carolina History Association, the Smith-McDowell House Museum holds many historical artifacts and images of Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center

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Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center

Location: 

223 West State Street
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Contact information:

828-669-9566
info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org

Access options:

The Swannanoa Valley Museum is open to the public. Researchers must make appointments to consult the archives in person. A portion of the collection has been digitized.

Digitized materials available?

Yes.

Collection strengths:

The Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center focuses on the history of the Swannanoa Valley, including Swannanoa, Black Mountain, and the surrounding areas.