Finding Aid for Biltmore Estate Forestry Department Manager's Records, Series X, Y, Z


Collection Information


Abstract:
Series Z, Y, Z 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 X, Y, Z includes letters dated 1904 through 1909 from Charlotte L. Yale, Secretary for The Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club and (Biltmore) Estate Industries. There are 1905 and 1909 letters from the Brevard, North Carolina law firm of Zachary & Breese. They represented Mr. Van Schaick when he sued Dr. Schenck for a refund of his Biltmore Forest School tuition. In addition, there are some 1906 and 1907 letters from Raphael Zon, Chairman, Committee on Meetings, the Society of American Foresters and Chief, (Branch of Silviculture?), U.S.D.A. Forest Service in Washington D.C. Series X, Y, Z also holds letters from Biltmore Forest School students and prospective students, vendors wishing to sell goods and services, lumber merchants and buyers, and persons requesting Dr. Schenck's publications.
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
2003
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 X, Y, Z, 1896 - 1909, 1899 - 1909, (Bulk)
Call Number
2/X, Y, Z
Extent
21 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 X, Y, Z, 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 X, Y, Z documents the formation of scientific forestry across the world. It is a small series. One noted correspondent represented in Series X, Y, Z is Charlotte L. Yale, Secretary of The Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club and [Biltmore] Estate Industries. She corresponded with Dr. Schenck from 1904 to 1909. The letters show that the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department supplied baskets, firewood, lumber and wool to the Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club and Estate Industries.

Series X, Y, Z also contains letters concerning Zachary & Breese, Lawyers from Brevard, N.C. In 1905, they represented Mr. Van Schaick as he requested a refund of his Biltmore Forest School tuition. In April of 1909, Dr. Schenck advertised a reward of $200 for evidence leading to the conviction of the incendiaries of a serious fire in George Vanderbilt's Boyd township. Evidence was to be submitted to Zachary & Breese.

Another noted correspondent in Series X, Y, Z is Raphael Zon, Chairman of the Committee on Meetings for the Society of American Foresters and Chief of the [Branch of Silviculture?], U.S.D.A. Forest Service. He was based in Washington D.C. He corresponded with Dr. Schenck in 1906 about a list of topics for a meeting of the Society of American Foresters. In 1907 he wrote about Oberforster Christen's hypsometer.

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
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Yale, Charlotte L.
Zerban, F. W. (Frederick William), b. 1880
Zon, Raphael, 1874-1956.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Vanderbilt University
Zachary & Breese, Lawyers
Geographical Terms
District of Columbia
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
North Carolina-Transylvania- Pisgah Forest
Subjects
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)
Biltmore Forest School--History
Forestry schools and education--North Carolina--History
Forests and forestry--North Carolina--History
Forests and forestry--United States--History
Materials
business letters
copies
invitations
postcards

Related Material

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Container List

Box.Folder 39.0031

Biltmore Forest School Inquiries and Applications, 1901 - 1906 (8 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. September 21, 1901- Writer saw Biltmore Forest School advertised in "American Lumberman." July 27, 1906- Writer saw Biltmore Forest School advertised in "Southern Lumberman."

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Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Publications
The Southern Lumberman
Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 39.0032

Job Applicants, May 9, 1899 (1 sheet)

May 9, 1899- Application for position of Dr. Schenck's summer cook in the Pink Beds.

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Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0033

Correspondence Regarding the Purchase of Products or Services, 1903 - 1905 (4 sheets)

September 27, 1904- B. Zwillinger, a Technical Chemist in New York City, writes about his system of utilizing waste wood.

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Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0034

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases: People and Companies as Customers or Potential Customers of Biltmore Lumber, 1907 - 1909 (5 sheets)

August 25, 1908- Dr. Schenck responds to a request for one of his circulars. He writes of the circular advertising letters that poke fun at William Taft by offering "Taft lumber" and "Taft poplar."

February 27, 1909- Writer, probably Dr. Schenck, notes, "Some time ago Mr. Vanderbilt authorized me to sell all of his land in Glouscester township, some twenty thousand acres.."

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Materials
business letters
copies
postcards

Box.Folder 39.0035

Correspondence Regarding Lumber Sales/Purchases: People and Companies Selling or Wishing to Sell Lumber, 1896, 1903 (5 sheets)

Miscellaneous correspondence between the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department and people and companies selling or wishing to sell lumber.

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Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 39.0036

Correspondence Regarding Dr. Schenck's Services for Estimating the Values of Timber Lands, 1904 (2 sheets)

1904- Zuni Mountain Lumber and Trading Company of Guam, New Mexico asks about the services of C. A. Schenck & Co.

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Corporate Names
C. A. Schenck and Company
Geographical Terms
New Mexico-McKinley-South Guam
Subjects
Forestry consultants
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0037

People Selling Animals, 1902, 1903 (3 sheets)

1902, 1903- W. P. Yancy of Yancy, N.C. offers to sell a pet doe to Dr. Schenck.

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Materials
business letters
postcards

Box.Folder 39.0038

Correspondence Concerning Rental Properties, February 3, 1902 (1 sheet)

Writer inquires if labor for planting is furnished on properties rented from Biltmore Estate.

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Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0039

Requests for Copies of Dr. Schenck's Books and Pamphlets, February 25, 1908 (1 sheet)

February 25, 1908- Request for lectures on "Forest Mensuration," "Silviculture," and Dr. Schenck's other published lectures.

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Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0040

Correspondence Concerning Employees and Contracted Laborers, 1909 (3 sheets)

March and April 1909- Letters about a contract with Harley Young of the Biltmore Estate Farm Department.

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Materials
copies

Box.Folder 39.0041

Groups and Organizations, 1906, no date, 1909 (4 sheets)

Invitation to exercises of University Week at Vanderbilt University, June 15 - 20, 1906.

No date- Request to renew a subscription to "The Youth's Companion."

February 25, 1909- Dr. Schenck authorizes, E. A. Ziegler, Acting Secretary of the Society of American Foresters, to act as his proxy in election of new members.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Corporate Names
Society of American Foresters
Geographical Terms
District of Columbia
Tennessee-Davidson-Nashville
Materials
business letters
copies
invitations

Box.Folder 39.0042

Correspondence Concerning Community Issues, No year, 1903 (2 sheets)

September 11, No year- O. B. Van Horn, General Secretary of the Asheville Young Men's Christian Association, tells Dr. Schenck of the Association's work.

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Corporate Names
Young Men's Christian Association (Asheville, N.C.)
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0043

General Requests to Dr. Schenck Regarding Forestry, September 1, 1904 (2 sheets)

September 1, 1904- On suggestion of Professor Fernow, Raphael Zon writes Dr. Schenck for help in locating German literature on "the tie question." [See also Raphael Zon folder.]

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Fernow, B. E. (Bernhard Eduard), 1851-1923.
Zon, Raphael, 1874-1956.
Materials
personal correspondence

Box.Folder 39.0044

"Yale Alumni Weekly", October 16, 1899 (3 sheets)

Correspondence from "Yale Alumni Weekly." New Haven, CT. October 16, 1899- Letter encouraging Dr. Schenck to "keep a card" in "Yale Alumni Weekly" due to the relationship of Biltmore Forest School and Yale Forest School. Card with rates for advertising in "Yale Alumni Weekly."

Online Catalog Terms
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Yale University. School of Forestry
Publications
Yale Alumni Weekly
Geographical Terms
Connecticut-New Haven-New Haven
Materials
business letters
price lists

Box.Folder 39.0045

Charlotte L. Yale, Secretary, The Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club and Estate Industries, 1904 - 1909 (12 sheets)

Correspondence from Charlotte L. Yale, Secretary, The Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club and Estate Industries. Biltmore, N.C. December 20, 1904- Payment for baskets that Dr. Schenck sold them for a New York order.

January 14, 1905- Request to purchase lumber.

March 29, 1905- Yale explains the Club is only for children. References to a miter box and more on lumber needed.

July 16, 1907- Mrs. Vanderbilt told Miss Yale to ask Mrs. Wheeler what to pay for the firewood they had delivered from the Biltmore Estate Forestry Department.

Orders of wool for Biltmore Estate Industries.

March 15, 1909- Mrs. Schenck ordered a table and tray for Miss Grace Knight of New York City.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schenck, Adele Bopp
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, Edith
Wheeler, Anna
Yale, Charlotte L.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Boys' and Girls' Club
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Buncombe-Asheville
Subjects
Associations, institutions, etc.
Social group work
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 39.0046

Yellow Poplar Lumber Company, 1899, 1904, 1908 (7 sheets)

Correspondence from Yellow Poplar Lumber Company of Coal Grove, Ohio. April 28, 1908- They suggested that Dr. Schenck inquire with Vansant, Kitchen & Co. of Ashland, KY., about handling Biltmore's lumber stock.

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Corporate Names
Yellow Poplar Lumber Company
Geographical Terms
Ohio-Lawrence-Coal Grove
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 39.0047

C. C. Yongue, 1904 (4 sheets)

Correspondence from C. C. Yongue of Brevard, N.C. He purchased Biltmore lumber.

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Personal Names
Yongue, C. C.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
Materials
business letters

Box.Folder 39.0048

G. W. Young, MD, 1897 - 1899 (7 sheets)

Correspondence from G. W. Young, MD. of Brevard, N.C. December 27, 1897- Offers to sell his land on Turkey Creek.

August 24, 1898- Treated Mr. Case for a bruised knee.

September 5, 1898- More on Mr. Case's knee. C. C. Case will take Dr. Schenck's job offer.

November 22, 1899- Asks for McNamee's help in petitioning the County Commissioners to remove gates across public roads.

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Personal Names
Case, C. C.
Young, G. W.
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
North Carolina-Transylvania-Turkey Creek
Subjects
Gates
Materials
business letters
receipts

Box.Folder 39.0049

Zachary & Breese, Lawyers, 1905, 1909 (6 sheets)

Correspondence from Zachary & Breese, Lawyers. Brevard, N.C. April 3, 1905- They represented Mr. Van Schaick as he requested a refund of his Biltmore Forest School tuition.

April 8, 1909- Dr. Schenck advertised a reward of $200 for evidence leading to the conviction of the incendiaries of the serious fire in George Vanderbilt's Boyd township. Evidence was to be submitted to Zachary & Breese.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Schaick, Gerard Van
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868-1955.
Vanderbilt, George Washington, 1862-1914.
Corporate Names
Biltmore Forest School
Geographical Terms
North Carolina-Transylvania-Brevard
Subjects
Arson
Materials
business letters
copies

Box.Folder 39.0050

Fritz Zerban, PH.D., Carnegie Research Assistant, The College of the City of New York, 1904 - 1905 (10 sheets)

Correspondence from Fritz Zerban, PH.D., Carnegie Research Assistant, The College of the City of New York. New York, N.Y. The letters are written in German.

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Personal Names
Zerban, F. W. (Frederick William), b. 1880
Geographical Terms
New York-New York
Materials
letters (correspondence)

Box.Folder 39.0051

Raphael Zon, Chairman, Committee on Meetings, the Society of American Foresters and Chief, [Branch of Silviculture?], U.S.D.A. Forest Service, 1906, 1907 (3 sheets)

Correspondence to Dr. Schenck from Raphael Zon, Chairman, Committee on Meetings, the Society of American Foresters and Chief, [Branch of Silviculture?], U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Washington D.C. November 19, 1906- Members of the Society are requested to submit a list of topics for discussion at their winter meeting.

1907- Letters about Oberforster Christen's hypsometer.

Online Catalog Terms
Personal Names
Zon, Raphael, 1874-1956.
Corporate Names
Society of American Foresters
Geographical Terms
District of Columbia
Materials
business letters