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


Collection Information


Abstract:
Series J of The Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records contains business and personal correspondence dated 1896 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 J is among the smallest series in The Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records. Most important in Series J are letters to Dr. Schenck from John G. Jack of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, MA. The series also includes records from Biltmore Forest Store keeper, E. H. Jenney and Hendersonville, North Carolina surveyor S. J. Justice. In addition, Series J contains letters to Dr. Schenck from some Biltmore Forest School alumni.
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 Gardner
Date Completed
2002
Encoded by
Stephanie 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 J, 1896 - 1909, 1896 - 1909, (Bulk)
Call Number
2/J
Extent
34 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 J, 1896 - 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 J is among the smallest series in the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records. One noted correspondent in Series J is John G. Jack of Arnold Arboretum for Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, MA. He wrote to Dr. Schenck over a number of years to request publications.

Biltmore Estate history is documented in Series J with Biltmore Forest Store keeper, E. H. Jenney and Surveyor, S. J. Justice of Hendersonville, N.C.

Correspondence from Biltmore Forest School alumni are also included in this series. Some noted graduates whose letters are in Series J are as follows: Christian Jensen, Hunt Jones and Lorraine F. Jones, Jr.

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. A small grouping of manuscripts were found after Series J was initially cataloged. These materials were placed within the folders and described.

Online Catalog Terms

Personal Names
Jack, John G. (John George), 1861-1949.
Jenney, Edward H.
Justice, S. J.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
C. A. Schenck and Company
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Biltmore Forest School--History
Forestry consultants
Forestry schools and education--North Carolina--History
Lumbermen
Materials
advertisements
business letters
copies
letters of recommendation
personal correspondence
postcards

Related Material

Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records Collection | Series A | Series B | Series C | Series D | Series E | Series F | Series G | Series H | Series I | Series K | Series L | Series M | Series N | Series O | Series P | Series Q | Series R | Series S | Series T | Series U | Series V | Series W | Series XYZ | Series Additional Materials

Container List

Box.Folder 19.0001

Biltmore Forest School Inquiries and Applications, 1898 - 1907 (26 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. February 28, 1899- Miss. Amelia Jones wishes to know of Biltmore Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Forestry schools and education
Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0002

Job Applicants, 1896 - 1909 (28 sheets)

October 1899- Archibald A. Jones, President of Asheville College, recommends Miss. Anna Bernkopf as a German teacher.

Letters of recommendation.

September 23, 1904 and October 3, 1904- L. R. Jones, Professor of Botany at University of Vermont, recommends Clifton D. Howe as an assistant for Biltmore Forest School.

Dr. Schenck hiring a house maid.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Howe, Clifton D. (Clifton Durant), b. 1872.
Jones, Archibald A.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Materials
business letters
copies
letters of recommendation
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0003

Correspondence Regarding the Purchase of Products or Services, 1896 - 1909 (14 sheets)

Correspondence regarding the purchase of products or services. Includes clipping of an advertisement for R.S. & A.B. Lacey, Solicitors of American and Foreign Patents.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
advertisements
business letters
clippings
notes

Box.Folder 19.0004

Correspondence Regarding Land Sales/Purchases, 1899 - 1909 (16 sheets)

October 17, 1899- Amount J. R. Jones' heirs want for their 100 acres at the head waters of Big Creek in Henderson County. Marked [Tract] "118."

February 27, 1908- Mrs. R. R. Jones wants to sell her tract of land adjoining the Asbury Davis property.

May 7, 1909- Copy of a letter from Dr. Schenck. "We are not in the land buying business just now, having our hands full." Copies are on reverse sides of a silly circular letter from Dr. Schenck, meant to advertise lumber.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, J. R.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 19.0005

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases. People and Companies as Customers or Potential Customers of Biltmore Lumber, 1896 - 1909 (18 sheets)

Orders for lumber and firewood. Replies to Dr. Schenck's circular letters advertising poplar lumber and copies of Dr. Schenck's replies that quote prices of lumber.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Lumber Company
Materials
business letters
copies
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0006

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases. People and Companies Selling or Wishing to Sell Lumber, 1896, 1908 (12 sheets)

Correspondence from people wishing to sell lumber to Dr. Schenck.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0007

Correspondence Regarding Dr. Schenck's Services for Estimating the Values of Timber Lands, 1904 - 1908 (6 sheets)

September 2, 1905 and August 9, 1906- Sample advertisements for C. A. Schenck & Co. by the "Lumber Trade Journal" of New Orleans, LA.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
C. A. Schenck and Company
Publications
Lumber Trade Journal
Geographical Terms
Louisiana-Orleans-New Orleans
Materials
advertisements
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0008

People Selling Animals, 1897 - 1900 (3 sheets)

Correspondence from people wishing to sell living animals to Biltmore Estate.

Online Catalog Terms
Subjects
Animal dealers
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0009

Correspondence Concerning Rental Properties, Including Individuals Who Boarded Students of Biltmore Forest School, 1900 - 1908 (8 sheets)

Miscellaneous correspondence concerning rental properties, including individuals who boarded students of Biltmore Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters
notes

Box.Folder 19.0010

Requests for Copies of Dr. Schenck's Books and Pamphlets, 1899 - 1907 (8 sheets)

February 1, 1899- Chairwoman for the Committee on Forestry of the New Century Club of Philadelphia, PA., seeks information on forestry at Biltmore.

April 18, 1901- Miss. Mary Jones, Assistant Principal of the Home Industrial School in Asheville, N.C., seeks information on forestry.

Online Catalog Terms
Geographical Terms
Pennsylvania-Philadelphia
Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0011

Inquiries Regarding Passes, 1897 - 1904 (10 sheets)

July 25, 1900- Thomas A. Jones asks for a permit for his brother-in-law to hike near Pisgah.

July 30, 1900- Jones' permit received.

August 25, 1900- Jno. Jones, Agent for the Transylvania Railroad, asks for a permit for him, his wife and a friend to fish at Glassy Creek.

July 15, 1904- W. H. Jackson, an employee of the Mule Stables, asks for a pass for his wife to pick berries on the Estate.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jackson, W. H.
Jones, Thomas A.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Pisgah Mountain
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0012

Correspondence from and about Employees and Contracted Laborers, 1896 - 1908 (12 sheets)

August 31, 1896- M. G. Jones marked timber on James or Duckets Creek, Jones Creek, the Spencer Branch and Reeves Creek.

January 14, 1902- T. M. Johnson received payment for taking acknowledgements in the Ducker option. Paid by M. S. Glenn, Bent Creek Ranger.

January 26, 1903- Joshua Jones reports on his surveying work.

March 18, 1904- T. S. Jamison wants a raise.

September 20, 1904- Hester Johnston can work another year for Dr. and Mrs. Schenck [as a house maid?]

August 4, 1908- Letter from Geo. Johnson, identified as a cook for teamsters.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Glenn, Marion S.
Johnson, Geo.
Johnston, Hester
Jones, M. G.
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0013

Correspondence from Biltmore Forest School Including Information from and about Specific Students, 1901, 1907 (2 sheets)

December 4, 1907- A graduate reports he did not see any cheating while at Biltmore Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Subjects
Cheating (Education)
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0014

Correspondence Relating to Community Issues, 1899 - 1906 (5 sheets)

June 21, 1899- Letter concerning the Henderson County stock law fence and how it relates to George Vanderbilt.

May 1901- Dr. Schenck apparently donated money towards the cost of repairing a church in Mills River, N.C.

January 22, 1906- F. E. Jenkins' land in Avery's Creek was hurt by Dr. Schenck's surveyors.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Avery Creek
North Carolina-Henderson
North Carolina-Henderson-Mills River
Subjects
Animal industry--Law and legislation
Livestock
Pasture, Right of
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0015

Groups and Organizations, 1898, 1902 (3 sheets)

August 5, 1898- Dr. Schenck, Kingland Van Winkle and E. B. Atkinson were appointed as the Committee on Forestry for the Board of Trade, Asheville, N.C. Dr. Schenck was appointed the Chairman of the committee.

December 4, 1902- Dr. Schenck subscribed to "Lumber Trade Journal" of New Orleans, LA.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Atkinson, Edward B.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Van Winkle, Kingsland
Corporate Names
Asheville Board of Trade
Publications
Lumber Trade Journal
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0016

General Requests to Dr. Schenck Regarding Forestry, 1898 - 1906 (6 sheets)

September 18, 1900- Emory R. Johnson, Chairman of the Committee on Value of Canal, Department of State, Isthmian Canal Commission; wrote to George Vanderbilt. Wants to see forestry at Biltmore. Note states that George Vanderbilt personally brought the letter to the office.

Questions about sick trees.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Johnson, Emory R. (Emory Richard), 1864-1950.
Subjects
Trees--Diseases and pests
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0017

Miscellaneous, 1896 - 1909 (9 sheets)

Miscellaneous correspondence to the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manger's Office. Some of the letters are written in German.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters
copies
letters (correspondence)
notes

Box.Folder 19.0018

J. G. Jack. Arnold Arboretum. Harvard University, 1898 - 1909 (18 sheets)

Correspondence from J. G. Jack. Arnold Arboretum. Harvard University. Jamaica Plain, MA. January 25, 1898- Wants copies of publications of Dr. Schenck's work at Biltmore, both for himself and for the Arboretum library. Had not read anything about Biltmore since Pinchot's reports.

Received literature from Dr. Schenck.

April 27, 1909- Copy of a letter to Professor Jack from Dr. Schenck. Newspaper reports on fires at Biltmore were exaggerated. Only two acres of plantations and 12,000 acres of primeval forests were burnt. The fires were started by a violent gang of men, against whom all are afraid to testify. The only "serious loss" is 200 acres of natural regeneration yellow poplar. Dr. Schenck tells abut his textbooks and lists their prices.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jack, John G. (John George), 1861-1949.
Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Arnold Arboretum. Library
Geographical Terms
Massachusetts-Suffolk-Jamaica Plain
Subjects
Forest fires
Materials
business letters
copies
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0019

J. S. Jarratt of Jarratt and Hastings, 1896 (8 sheets)

Correspondence from J. S. Jarratt of Jarratt and Hastings. Greenville, S.C. They wanted to contract to haul logs for Dr. Schenck. Working to get lower railway rates.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jarratt, J. S.
Geographical Terms
South Carolina-Greenville-Greenville
Subjects
Freight and freightage
Materials
business letters
sketches

Box.Folder 19.0020

Eugene F. Jefferies, 1903 - 1905 (5 sheets)

Correspondence from Eugene F. Jefferies. Biltmore, N.C. He wanted fishing permits.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jefferies, Eugene F.
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0021

The Robert H. Jenks Lumber Company, 1904, 1908 (8 sheets)

Correspondence from The Robert H. Jenks Lumber Company. Cleveland, Ohio. October 1, 1908- Letter to Dr. Schenck asking if he can manufacture a "Bung grade of Poplar."

October 6, 1908- Dr. Schenck's response. He has fun using the word, "bung."

Also includes correspondence to and from Hickson Lumber Company in Lynchburg, VA.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
The Robert H. Jenks Lumber Company
Geographical Terms
Ohio-Cuyahoga-Cleveland
Virginia-Lynchburg
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 19.0022

Rubert A. Jenks, 1902 (11 sheets)

Correspondence from Rubert A. Jenks. He applied for a job with Dr. Schenck. Includes many letters of recommendation.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jenks, Rupert A.
Materials
business letters
letters of recommendation

Box.Folder 19.0023

E. H. Jenney, Forest Store Keeper, 1902 - 1907 (12 sheets)

Correspondence from E. H. Jenney, Forest Store Keeper. Pink Beds, N.C. Includes orders for Biltmore Forest Store. December 12, 1904- Dr. Schenck and Mrs. Ketchum want a Christmas tree. Jenney will order them from J. M. McCall. Jenney says they are going to have their Christmas tree at Davidson River.

December 25, 1905- Residents of Pisgah Forest wish to thank Mrs. Schenck for the candy. Wish to thank Dr. and Mrs. Schenck for making Christmas special for the children.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jenney, Edward H.
Ketchum, E. G.
Schenck, Adele Bopp
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Pisgah Forest Store
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Davidson River
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Christmas trees
Materials
business letters
lists
order forms
receipts

Box.Folder 19.0024

Christian Jensen, Forester and Landscape Designer, 1907 (8 sheets)

Correspondence from Christian Jensen, Forester and Landscape Designer. Holly Springs, MI. Appears to be a graduate of Biltmore Forest School. Seeking letters of recommendation as he applies for positions. December 11, 1907- Letter with attached clipping showing Jensen did not get the job he wishes. Article titled, "P. W. Thomas is Superintendent of Park System Pro Tem." This appears to have been the Memphis, TN. Park System.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jensen, Christian
Subjects
Parks--Tennessee
Materials
business letters
clippings
photocopies

Box.Folder 19.0025

J. W. Jeudwine, 1900, non-dated (2 sheets)

Correspondence from J. W. Jeudwine. Etowah, N.C. Trying to arrange land deals for Biltmore Estate.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jeudwine, J. W.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Henderson-Etowah
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0026

J. O. Johnson, 1905 (5 sheets)

Correspondence from J. O. Johnson. Horse Shoe, N.C. June 27, 1905- Wishes to sell a small farm located 1/2 mile from the Reed Farm and ¼ mile east of the Floral House, or Widow Johnson's Place.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Johnson, J. O.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Henderson-Horse Shoe
Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0027

A. B. Jones. Agent, Southern Railway Company, 1907 - 1909 (7 sheets)

Correspondence from A. B. Jones. Agent, Southern Railway Company. Pisgah Forest, N.C. August 19, 1907- Telegram ordering textbooks from Ginn & Company for Biltmore Forest School. Freight bills and telegraph concerns.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, A. B.
Corporate Names
Southern Railway (U.S.)
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Materials
business letters
copies
telegrams

Box.Folder 19.0028

Hunt Jones, No dates - 1907 (15 sheets)

Correspondence from Hunt Jones. Former Biltmore Forest School student. Declined job offers from Dr. Schenck. Did work in the Ozark Mountains.

September 8, 1904- Sent $10 for Biltmore Forest School club house.

May 29, 1905- Likes the photograph that Dr. Schenck sent of himself. Happy memories of Biltmore Forest School.

September 5, 1906- Would like to work a month for C.A. Schenck & Co.

May 14, 1907- Jones developing property in Montana.

September 30, 1907- Wants a diploma. He left his job in the Ozarks. The company for which he was working could not pay him.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, Hunt
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Materials
personal correspondence

Box.Folder 19.0029

Lorraine F. Jones, Jr., 1901 - 1906 (19 sheets)

Correspondence from Lorraine F. Jones, Jr. Kirkwood, MO. and Louisville, KY. October 30, 1901- Biltmore Forest School graduate. Will go to work in a sawmill in Southeastern Montana.

January 1, 1902- Tells about the sawmill where he will work.

Wants job leads and advice from Dr. Schenck.

Surveying lumber in a swamp in Montana.

August 12, 1904- Says he does not make much money, but is happy.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, Lorraine F., Jr.
Geographical Terms
Kentucky-Jefferson-Louisville
Subjects
Wages--Lumbermen
Materials
business letters
envelopes
personal correspondence
postcards
stamps (exchange media)

Box.Folder 19.0030

Lorraine F. Jones, Sr., 1900 - 1904 (7 sheets)

Correspondence from Lorraine F. Jones, Sr. St. Louis, MO. He sent his son to Biltmore Forest School. See Lorraine F. Jones, Jr.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, Lorraine F., Jr.
Jones, Lorraine F., Sr.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Geographical Terms
Missouri-Saint Louis
Subjects
Forestry schools and education
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 19.0031

S. A. Jones, 1896 (4 sheets)

Correspondence from S. A. Jones. Dillsboro, N.C. He estimated and wanted to sell timber to George Vanderbilt.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jones, S. A.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Jackson-Dillsboro
Materials
business letters
telegrams

Box.Folder 19.0032

W. C. Jordan, 1899 - 1908 (33 sheets)

W. C. Jordan. Boilston, N.C. and Horse Shoe, N.C. January - March, 1899- Wants to trade land on South Mills River. Marked [Tract] "96."

Dr. Schenck's men building a road on Bradley's Creek. They let out Jordan's cattle and they destroyed Bob Henderson's corn.

Wanting to sell more land. More references to escaping cattle.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Jordan, W. C.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Henderson
North Carolina-Henderson-Boylston
North Carolina-Henderson-Horse Shoe
North Carolina-Henderson-Mills River
Subjects
Livestock
Materials
business letters
notes
postcards

Box.Folder 19.0033

S. J. Justice, Surveyor, 1899 - 1903 (29 sheets)

Correspondence from S. J. Justice. Hendersonville, N.C. March 27, 1899- Information on W. P. Galloway tract on lower Robinson (Glazeur) tract.

Working out methods of payment.

Did surveying work in case of James McCall et al.

March 27, 1901- Surveyed T. M. Stewart land.

December 26, 1901- Information on P. P. Orr's tract.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Justice, S. J.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Henderson-Hendersonville
Materials
business letters
lists

Box.Folder 19.0034

S. J. Justice, Surveyor, 1904 - 1909 (21 sheets)

Correspondence from S. J. Justice. Hendersonville, N.C. June 6, 1904- Surveying S. J. Whitaker land in Mills River.

September 7, 1904- Plans to soon resign as General Road Supervisor of Henderson County, and will have more time for surveying.

June 16, 1906- Surveying Meigs and Freeman Line, an Indian treaty line, from the Smoky Mountain to the South Carolina line.

Planning work for Highland Forest Company.

Copy of a letter about the agreement between J. Frank McCall and Dr. Schenck.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Justice, S. J.
McCall, Frank
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Meigs and Freeman Line
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Henderson-Hendersonville
North Carolina-Henderson-Mills River
Subjects
Boundaries
Materials
business letters
copies