Finding Aid for Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series I


Collection Information


Abstract:
Series I of The Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records contains business and personal correspondence dated 1899 to 1909, predominately incoming correspondence collected and preserved by George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office. Copies of outgoing correspondence, presumably letters written by Biltmore Estate Forest Manager, Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck are included. Series I is among the smallest series in The Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records. Some of the topical folders contain only a single letter. Many of the Series I letters are from T. C. Israel, Deputy Marshall of Henderson County, who wrote about discovering and destroying illicit distilleries on George Vanderbilt's Transylvania County property. Other noted correspondents in Series I are Thomas P. Ivy and the publishing company, The Inland Press.
Contact Information:
The Biltmore Company, Museum Services Department,
Archives Division
1 North Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina
28801 USA
Phone: (828) 225-6300
Fax: (828) 277-3454
URL: http://www.biltmore.comeMail: archives@biltmore.com
Processed by
Stephanie S. Gardner
Date Completed
2002
Encoded by
Stephanie S. Gardner
© 2003 The Biltmore Company. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Title
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series I, 1899 - 1909, 1901 - 1909, (Bulk)
Call Number
2/I
Extent
18 folders
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the The Biltmore Company, Museum Services Department, Archives Division.
Restrictions to Access
The Biltmore Company Archives are made available to selected researchers. Use with permission from The Biltmore Company, Asheville, North Carolina.
Acquisitions Information
Correspondence received by Doctor Carl Alwin Schenck during his career as Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager.
Preferred Citation
Series I, 1899 - 1909, Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, The Biltmore Company, Museum Services Department, Archives Division, Asheville, North Carolina
Copyright Notice
The Biltmore Company retains copyright of these materials.

Scope and Content Note

Series I is among the smallest series in the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records. Many of the general topics folders only contain a single letter.

One of the most noted correspondents of Series I is T. C. Israel, Deputy Marshall of Henderson County. He wrote to Dr. Schenck of his work catching blockaders and discovering illicit distilleries (moonshine stills) on George Vanderbilt's land in Transylvania County, N. C.

Other important correspondents in this series are Thomas P. Ivy, who appears to have been a graduate of Biltmore Forest School; and The Inland Press, which did much publishing for Dr. Schenck.

Collection Organization

Records are filed by correspondent's last name in the case of individual persons. They are filed by company's name for institutions and businesses. It also appears that some clerks preferred to file records by the names of company's managers or agents. Therefore, one organization may be represented in the filing system by several letters depending on the variety of individuals' names within that particular group. In addition, miscellaneous manuscripts are filed in folders carrying a description of the material as a title.

Collection Arrangement

The documents have been arranged alphabetically by correspondents' name, and then, chronologically by date. This organization follows the records' original provenance, in that they were first filed in alphabetical order. It appears the original filing system consisted of placing newer records to the front of older ones, thus keeping working material up-to-date.

Online Catalog Terms

Personal Names
Israel, T. C.
Ivy, Thomas P.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
C. A. Schenck and Company
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Biltmore Forest School--History
Forestry schools and education--North Carolina--History
Lumbermen
Printing industry
Materials
business letters
copies
invoices
personal correspondence
reports
sample cards

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Container List

Box.Folder 18.0031

Biltmore Forestry School Inquiries and Applications, 1901 - 1906 (4 sheets)

This file relates to the Biltmore Forest School, begun by Carl Schenck with the encouragement and support of George Vanderbilt in 1898. The school continued at Biltmore until Schenck's departure in 1909. The file contains letters of inquiry from prospective students and persons seeking general information on Biltmore Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Subjects
Forestry schools and education
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0032

Job Applicants, 1904, 1908 (2 sheets)

August 6, 1908- W. J. Ivey would like to be a miller at Davidson River Mills if John Smith gives up the position.

Online Catalog Terms
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Davidson River
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0033

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases, 1901 - 1908 (10 sheets)

Correspondence regarding sales of lumber and firewood.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
McNamee, Charles
Materials
business letters
calculations
copies

Box.Folder 18.0034

Correspondence Regarding Land Sales/Purchases, November 12, 1904 (1 sheet)

November 12, 1904- S. O. Ingram offers to sell his or her part of the old Ingram tract to George Vanderbilt. Owns John Ingram or J. H. Ducker tract on the M. K. Lance land.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ingram, John
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0035

Correspondence Concerning Rental Properties, May 1904 (1 sheet)

[Sank?] Israel wants to rent the Posey pasture on Fosters Creek.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0036

Requests for Copies of Dr. Schenck's Books and Pamphlets, October 1904 (1 sheet)

Dr. Samuel Iglauer of Cincinnati, Ohio wishes Dr. Schenck to send him forestry literature.

Online Catalog Terms
Geographical Terms
Ohio-Hamilton-Cincinnati
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0037

Inquiries Regarding Passes, August 30, 1907 (1 sheet)

August 30, 1907- S. O. Ingram, Principal of Inanda School, asks for Inanda School to be given a pass to Mount Pisgah for Friday and Saturday.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Inanada School
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Pisgah Mountain
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0038

Correspondence Relating to Community Issues, 1899, 1901 (2 sheets)

January 11, 1899- John Ingram writes of bad things happening in the Pink Beds, including men killing his hogs. October 11, 1901- Mary Israel asks for more help for her son with the fever.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ingram, John
Israel, Mary
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Materials
personal correspondence

Box.Folder 18.0039

Groups and Organizations, January 4, 1909 (1 sheet)

January 4, 1909- Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association invites Dr. Schenck to their meeting.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 18.0040

Miscellaneous, 1909 and others (3 sheets)

"Inspection Rules on Hardwood Dimension Material Adopted By The Hardwood Manufacturers' Association of the United States."

Letters in German.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Hardwood Manufacturers' Association of the United States
Subjects
Timber--Grading
Materials
letters (correspondence)
rules (instructions)

Box.Folder 18.0041

The E. Ingraham Company, Manufactures of Clocks, 1908 (15 sheets)

Correspondence from and to The E. Ingraham Company, Manufactures of Clocks. Bristol, CT. They considered purchasing poplar lumber from Biltmore Estate Forestry Department.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
The E. Ingraham Company
Geographical Terms
Connecticut-Hartford-Bristol
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 18.0042

The Inland Press, 1903 - 1904 (22 sheets)

Correspondence from The Inland Press. Asheville, N.C. They printed Biltmore Forest School catalogs, Biltmore Forest School letterhead, circulars, envelopes, and stationery for C. A. Schenck & Co.

Includes sample envelope and sample paper.

Considered purchasing lumber from Dr. Schenck.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
The Inland Press
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Subjects
Printing industry
Materials
business letters
envelopes
samples

Box.Folder 18.0043

The Inland Press, 1905 - 1907 (41 sheets)

Correspondence from The Inland Press. Asheville, N.C. Sample paper.

Designing sample post cards.

Orders for cardboard, permits, envelops, survey report sheets, letterheads, copy clothes and manila envelopes.

They printed Biltmore Forest School newsletters, "What is Doing" or "Biltmore Doings," and ordered envelopes in which to mail them.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
The Inland Press
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Subjects
Printing industry
Materials
bills of lading
business letters
invoices
postcards
sample cards

Box.Folder 18.0044

The Inland Press, 1908 - 1909 (36 sheets)

Correspondence from The Inland Press. Asheville, N.C. Orders for letterhead, mimeograph paper, tally sheets, circular letters, stock-lists, requisition blanks, day reports, envelopes, tables and Cruiser's tables.

July 23, 1908- Received copy for "Thanksgiving Proclamation."

Includes sample paper.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
The Inland Press
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Subjects
Printing industry
Materials
business letters
copies
postcards
sample cards

Box.Folder 18.0045

T. C. Israel, Deputy Marshall, 1901 - 1905 (18 sheets)

Correspondence from T. C. Israel, Deputy Marshall. Hendersonville, N.C. March 21, 1901- Wants some payment for his work catching blockaders and illicit distilleries (moonshine stills) on George Vanderbilt's land in Transylvania County.

Reports on the many illicit distilleries he captured in various locations.

September 24, 1901- Captured J. B. Perry's still on Averys Creek and other stills.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Israel, T. C.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Avery Creek
North Carolina-Henderson-Hendersonville
North Carolina-Transylvania
Subjects
Distilleries
Distilling, Illicit
Materials
business letters
reports

Box.Folder 18.0046

Thomas P. Ivy, 1904 (4 sheets)

Correspondence from Thomas P. Ivy. May 16, 1904- Writing from Davidsons River, N.C. Has decided to leave Biltmore Forest School for Yale Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ivy, Thomas P.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Davidson River
Subjects
Forestry schools and education
Materials
personal correspondence

Box.Folder 18.0047

Thomas P. Ivy, 1905 (27 sheets)

Correspondence from Thomas P. Ivy. May 17, 1905- Writing from Yale Forest School. Does not agree with Dr. Schenck who stated in his last letter that he will no longer prepare students for the civil service examination, but for positions with lumber companies. Advice on the science classes that Biltmore Forest School should offer. Notes on Yale's Forest School. Ivy thinks Biltmore Forest School should begin to offer a Post Graduate course.

Exchanging publications.

July 8, 1905- Ivy's future education plans. Writes of forestry in Center Conway, N.H. Offers to publish Dr. Schenck's "Forest Policy" and "Utilization" in one volume.

July 15, 1905- Writing from Center Conway, N.H. Argues with Schenck and Pinchot's definition of forestry as conservative lumbering. Forest Bureau needs men of all ages and with wider human experience. Thinks Dr. Schenck's Policy and Utilization volume is too wordy.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ivy, Thomas P.
Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
United States. Bureau of Forestry.
Geographical Terms
Connecticut-New Haven-New Haven
New Hampshire-Carroll-Center Conway
Subjects
Forestry schools and education
Publishing
Materials
business letters
personal correspondence
transcripts

Box.Folder 18.0048

Thomas P. Ivy, 1906, 1907 (16 sheets)

January 12, 1906- Possibly will work with Putnam & Co. on Dr. Schenck's book. He and his wife would like to stay on the Estate while visiting, not in "rainy Biltmore Village or consumptive Asheville."

January 28, 1906- Putnam & Co. estimating cost of two proposed volumes.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Ivy, Thomas P.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Geographical Terms
New Hampshire-Carroll-Center Conway
Subjects
Publishing
Materials
business letters
personal correspondence
postcards
transcripts