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


Collection Information


Abstract:
Series U 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 U also holds letters from Biltmore Forest School students and prospective students, vendors wishing to sell goods and services, lumber merchants and buyers, persons requesting Dr. Schenck's publications and landowners communicating about the sale of tracts adjoining or within the boundaries of George Vanderbilt's lands.
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
2003
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 U, 1896 - 1909, 1901 - 1909, (Bulk)
Call Number
2/U
Extent
16 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 U, 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

Like the other series in the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series U documents the formation of scientific forestry across the world. Series U is one of the smaller series in the Collection. It contains correspondence of J. L. Underwood of Lynn, N.C., concerning the sale of Land Tract 315. It also contains a bit of information from the Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey and from Mary N. Upson, mother of Biltmore Forest School student, Clifford Upson.

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
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Upson, Clifford
Upson, Mary
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Office
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Biltmore Forest School--History
Forests and forestry--North Carolina--History
Forests and forestry--United States--History
Materials
business letters
notes
pamphlets
postcards
posters
telegrams

Related Material

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Container List

Box.Folder 36.0001

Biltmore Forest School Inquiries and Applications, 1897, 1901, 1906 (3 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. May 12, 1897- Writer notices an increased interest in forestry and wants to take it up as a career.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 36.0002

Job Applicants, 1902, 1904 (3 sheets)

Correspondence from people seeking employment at the Biltmore Estate for themselves or others. February 8, 1904- Writer hears of the vacancy of the position that was held by Filmore Gal[l]oway. He was an assistant to Jesse Miles McCall, Ranger for the Gloucester section of Pisgah Forest.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Galloway, Filmore
McCall, Jesse M.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 36.0003

Correspondence Regarding the Purchase of Products or Services, 1896 - 1904 (8 sheets)

October 1896- The United States Shipping Company of Norfolk, VA quotes rates on international shipping.

February 7, 1902- A Nurseryman from Blowing Rock, N.C. sends a list of trees best suited for the mountains of North Carolina. They include a list of summer varieties and a list of winter and fall varieties.

Online Catalog Terms
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Watauga-Blowing Rock
Subjects
Trees--North Carolina
Materials
business letters
lists
postcards

Box.Folder 36.0004

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases: People and Companies as Customers or Potential Customers of Biltmore Lumber, 1904, 1908 (8 sheets)

January 15, 1904- Wm. E. Uptegrove & Bro. of New York City say that Biltmore's Maple is not white enough for their use.

August 25, 1908- Dr. Schenck responds to a query on Biltmore's "Taft poplar."

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters
copies
postcards

Box.Folder 36.0005

People Selling Animals, 1905 (2 sheets)

May 16, 1905- United States Pheasantry (Ferd. Sudow) sent eggs to George Gillespie in Brevard, N.C.

September 9, 1903- United States Pheasantry sent a postcard showing the [steamship?] New York of the Hudson River Line.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Gillespie, Geo.
Corporate Names
United States Pheasantry and Squab Farm
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
Materials
postcards
stamps (exchange media)

Box.Folder 36.0006

Correspondence Regarding Dr. Schenck's Services for Estimating the Values of Forest Lands, 1905, 1909 (3 sheets)

Correspondence relating to C. A. Schenck & Co. March 9, 1909- The Universal Car Bearing CO. of Chicago, IL. sent C. A. Schenck & Co. cruisers' descriptions of pine tracts in Mexico that they wish to sell.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
C. A. Schenck and Company
Geographical Terms
Illinois-Cook-Chicago
Subjects
Forest surveys
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 36.0007

Correspondence Relating to Community Issues, 1905 (1 sheet)

April 13, 1905- Writer wants to open an old logging road across the Estate's Rickman land.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 36.0008

Groups and Organizations, 1904 (1 sheet)

January 15, 1904- Dr. Schenck exchanged literature with a member, probably Henry White, General Secretary, of the United Garment Workers of America. The writer commented on opposition to unions and on the need for forest preservation.

August 4, 1904- The U.S.D.A., Bureau of Forestry will issue Bulletin No. 47, "Forest Resources of Texas."

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
United Garment Workers of America
Geographical Terms
New York-New York
Subjects
Forest conservation
Labor unions
Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 36.0009

General Requests to Dr. Schenck Regarding Forestry, 1909 (2 sheets)

March 15, 1909- United States Glue Co. of Wisconsin will take up the matter of Chemical Composition of Southern Gum Woods with the U.S.D.A., Forest Service.

Online Catalog Terms
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 36.0010

J. L. Underwood, 1901 - 1903 (10 sheets)

Correspondence from J. L. Underwood of Lynn, N.C. Correspondence regarding the sale of [Tract] 315, the Widow Anderson dowry, and [Tract] 427.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Underwood, J. L.
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 36.0011

Union Grain & Hay Co., 1907 - 1909 (43 sheets)

Correspondence from the Union Grain & Hay Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. They sold Timothy Hay, White Oats and Mixed Corn to the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Union Grain & Hay Co.
Geographical Terms
Ohio-Hamilton-Cincinnati
Materials
business letters
certificates
copies
estimates
invoices
notes
telegrams

Box.Folder 36.0012

Union Oil Mill, Branch of The Southern Cotton Oil Company, 1904 - 1907 (10 sheets)

Correspondence from the Union Oil Mill, Branch of The Southern Cotton Oil Company. Union, S.C. They sold some cotton seed meal and cotton seed hulls to the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Union Oil Mill, Branch of The Southern Cotton Oil Company
Subjects
Cottonseed meal
Materials
business letters
telegrams

Box.Folder 36.0013

The United States Bung Mfg. Co., 1908 (12 sheets)

Correspondence from The United States Bung Mfg. Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. They considered purchasing Biltmore lumber.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
United States Bung Mfg. Co.
Geographical Terms
Ohio-Hamilton-Cincinnati
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 36.0014

Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey, 1904, 1907, 1908 (4 sheets)

Correspondence from Department of the Interior, United States Geological Survey. Washington D.C. July 15, 1904- Their Hydrographic Branch will assist with cooperative work but they are busy until winter.

Miscellaneous information on publications.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Geographical Terms
District of Columbia
Materials
business letters
invoices
postcards

Box.Folder 36.0015

United States Veneer Company, 1906, 1908 (10 sheets)

Correspondence from the United States Veneer Company of Winston-Salem, N.C. They considered purchasing Biltmore lumber.

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
United States Veneer Company
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Forsyth-Winston-Salem
Materials
business letters
copies
telegrams

Box.Folder 36.0016

Mary N. Upson, 1901, 1902 (21 sheets)

Correspondence to Dr. Schenck from Mary N. Upson of New Britain, CT. She sent her son, Clifford, to Biltmore Forest School. She had many questions before and during his time there. She wrote to Dr. Schenck and then, George Vanderbilt about a refund on the tuition she paid for Clifford. She also considered sending another son, Frederick, to Biltmore Forest School.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Upson, Clifford
Upson, Mary
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Geographical Terms
Connecticut-Hartford-New Britain
Materials
business letters
personal correspondence