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Western North Carolina Heritage is maintained by Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and represents collections held by various institutions, organizations, and individuals. The collaborative web site originated in several IMLS North Carolina Library Services and Technology grants provided through NC ECHO.  The original western North Carolina collaborative included the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections at UNCA, the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville-Buncombe County Library, the Asheville Historic Resources Commission,  and the YMI Cultural Center. Later, other community partners and agencies participated, including the Center for Diversity Education at UNCA,  History [@] Hand, a private research agency in Asheville focused on Jewish heritage, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Biltmore Industries, Inc., Grove Park Inn, Asheville YWCA  and others. The most recent partner is the National Forests of North Carolina, located in Asheville. Holdings from these partnerships are located in the broad genres of material on this web site. 

 

 

The Western North Carolina Heritage site incorporates work begun in what was called the 'Land of the Sky' grant in 1998 and a Forest History grant in 2000 that included Biltmore Estate, NC State University, and the Forest History Society at Duke University. In 2004 UNCA once again entered into a partnership with the Asheville Art Museum, and the Asheville-Buncombe County Library and the Asheville Historic Resources Commission. The focus of the new partnership was  'Ashevilles Built Environment (ABE),' a body of work that focuses on the architecture and the built environment of western North Carolina, and especially on Asheville, the largest city in western North Carolina. 

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