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John Palmer Papers


This collection, created by John Glen Palmer, encompasses his tenure at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina, from 1977 until December 2007. A native of Haywood County, Palmer served as an adjunct forestry instructor and as the director of the campus arboretum, leading numerous landscaping projects and participating in campus building projects throughout the growth of the college. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, project photographs, building and landscaping plans, and catalogs used to select flora for landscaping.

Title

John Palmer Papers

Collection Number

PC.7009

Date(s)

1977 - 2007

Abstract

This collection, created by John Glen Palmer, encompasses his tenure at Haywood Community College in Clyde, North Carolina, from 1977 until December 2007. A native of Haywood County, Palmer served as an adjunct forestry instructor and as the director of the campus arboretum, leading numerous landscaping projects and participating in campus building projects throughout the growth of the college. The collection contains meeting minutes, correspondence, project photographs, building and landscaping plans, and catalogs used to select flora for landscaping.

Creator

John Glen Palmer

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Processed by Will Lundquist, 2015.


Haywood Community College, as it is now known, was opened in 1965 as Haywood Industrial Education Center, and later as Haywood Technical College. Financial gifts and donations from the late A. L. Freedlander allowed the campus to greatly expand its physical presence and educational mission. Freedlander also procured and donated numerous objects for the creation of the Mill House project, and was a vibrant supporter of landscaping and building projects. Although Freedlander's gifts were relatively unrestricted, he asked Haywood Community College's president and board members to ensure the expanding campus would be properly landscaped, focusing on beautification, rhododendron cultivation, and the creation of a dahlia garden. He wanted the campus to fit into its natural surroundings and asked that a campus arboretum be created and maintained.

Haywood Community College is located in the town of Clyde, in Haywood County, North Carolina. It provides education and training in more than 50 curricula with a student body of more than 3,000 students.


John Glen Palmer was employed at Haywood Community College from 1977 - 2007 serving as an adjunct forestry instructor and director of the campus arboretum. During his tenure at the college the Haywood County native was involved in a number of landscaping projects and building projects as the campus grew. In 2015, he donated his papers to the Western Regional Archives.


This collection, created by John Palmer during his tenure at Haywood Community College, provides an account of the campus arboretum's creation and expansion from the perspective of its director. Numerous campus projects were brought to fruition by Palmer, from landscaping to building, as his input was frequently sought by administration as well as the student body. Palmer procured funds through grants and donations, and also material donations such as the mill stone and water wheel for the Millhouse building project. Additionally, Palmer was an educator, teaching dendrology and forestry as an adjunct instructor as a result of his own education, experience, and credentials within that discipline. The components of student work programs, annual out-of-state field trips, related conferences, club organizations, and overseas correspondence and travel notes provide insight with regard to the administrative and teaching dimensions of Palmer's lengthy career.


  • Nanney, Joseph H., 1930 - 2006
  • Russ, W. Curtis, 1907 - 1987
  • Freedlander, A.L., 1889 - 1971
  • Queen, Joe Sam, b. 1950
  • Ogden, Doan Reber, 1907-1989
  • Dayco, Inc.
  • Broadbrooks Associates
  • Foy and Lee Associates
  • The Mountaineer (Waynesville, N.C.)
  • Haywood Community College
  • Rhododendrons
  • Dahlias
  • Landscape design
  • Haywood County (N.C.)

BOX 1  
1977-1989

Scope and Content

Contains director's meeting minutes and correspondence, a Rhododendron Garden Pictorial History dated 1984, Millhouse Project Photographs dated 1987, and the HTC Long-Range Plan encompassing the dates of 1983-1988. All of the Director's Written Records are in chronological order, and Palmer's original order has been maintained.

Folder 1 - Written records 1977-1979

Folder 2 - Written records 1980-1981

Folder 3 - Written records 1982

Folder 4 - Written records 1983

Folder 5 - Written records 1984

Folder 6 - A Pictorial History of the Development of a Rhododendron Garden, HTC Campus 1984

Folder 7 - Written records 1985

Folder 8 - Written records 1986

Folder 9 - Photos of History of Millhouse Project, 1987

Folder 10 - Written records 1987

Folder 11 - Draft of HTC Long-Range Plan 1983-1988

Folder 12 - Addendum to HTC Long-Range Plan 1983-1988

Folder 13 - Written records 1988

Folder 14 - Written records 1989

BOX 2  
1990 - 1996

Scope and Content

Contains director's meeting minutes and correspondence, the Society of American Forestry Catalog and Exhibition Photos dated 1992, and Appalachian Society of American Foresters Correspondence dated 1992.

Folder 1 - Written records 1990

Folder 2 - Written records 1991, Book 1

Folder 3 - Written records 1991, Book 2

Folder 4 - Written records 1991, Book 3

Folder 5 - Written records 1991, Book 4

Folder 6 - Written records 1992

Folder 7 - Society of American Forestry Catalog and Exhibition Photos 1992

Folder 8 - Appalachian Society of American Foresters, Correspondence 1992

Folder 9 - Written records 1993

Folder 10 - Written records 1994

Folder 11 - Written records 1995

Folder 12 - Written records 1996

BOX 3  
1997 - 2001

Scope and Content

Contains director's meeting minutes and correspondence and the Administrative Services Annual Report, FY 2001-2002.

Folder 1 - Written records 1997

Folder 2 - Written records 1998

Folder 3 - Written records 1999, Book 1

Folder 4 - Written records 1999, Book 2

Folder 5 - Written records 2000

Folder 6 - Administrative Services Annual Report, FY 2001-2002

Folder 7 - Written records 2001, Book 1

BOX 4  
2001 - 2005

Scope and Content

Contains director's meeting minutes and correspondence, Landscape Recommendations for HCC dated 2002, and the Administrative Services Annual Report for FY 2002-2003.

Folder 1 - Written records 2001, Book 2

Folder 2 - Written records 2002, Book 1

Folder 3 - Written records 2002, Book 2

Folder 4 - Landscape Recommendations HCC, 2002

Folder 5 - Written records 2003, Book 1

Folder 6 - Administrative Services Annual Report, FY 2002-2003

Folder 7 - Written records 2003, Book 2

Folder 8 - Written records 2004, Book 1

Folder 9 - Written records 2004, Book 2

Folder 10 - Written records 2005, Book 1

BOX 5  
2005 - 2006

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Written records 2005, Book 2

Folder 2 - Written records 2006

BOX 6  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Landscape Recommendations for the Campus Arboretum of HCC, 2002

Folder 2 - President's Annual Report for HCC, 1980-81; President's Annual Report for HCC, 1981-82; Administrative Service Division Annual Report for HCC, 2003-2004

Folder 3 - Administrative Services Division Annual Report for HCC, FY 2004-2005

Folder 4 - Grounds manager's Report, 1972

BOX 6  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Series III: Plans

Folder 5 - Beginning History of Agricultural and Biological Sciences and Wood Products Departments, 1982

Folder 6 - Master Plan for Haywood Horticultural Gardens at HCC, 1978

Folder 7 - Facilities Master Plan, 1997

Folder 8 - Master Plan for Haywood Horticultural Gardens at HCC, 1978

Folder 9 - Arbor Plans for HCC, 2004

Folder 10 - Brick Path Plans and Bid Specifications, 1983

Folder 11 - Sheltered Workshop Area Plans, 1983

Folder 12 - Campus Maps, Plans and Topography, 1978 - 1979

Folder 13 - Haywood Horticultural Gardens, History and Plans, circa 1982

Folder 14 - Landscape Plans and photographs, 1977 - 1978

Folder 15 - Mill House and Mill Pond Plans and Blueprints, Plant List, and Hydraulic Engineer's Report,

1978 - 1979 and 1987. Doan Ogden, Joe Sam Queen, and John Palmer blue prints and correspondence.

Folder 16 - Picnic Table and Softball Field plans, hand-drawn by John Palmer, undated.

BOX 7  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Plans for Campus Signs

Folder 2 - Plans for Student Services Building, 1987

Folder 3 - HCC Telephone System Diagram

Folder 4 - Plans for Outdoor Water Fountains, 1985

Folder 5 - Other Arboretum Plans

Folder 6 - Plans for Parking Lots

Folder 7 - Plans for Student Lounge

Folder 8 - Plans for Pullen Park, 1975, and I-40 Welcome Center

Folder 9 - Plans for Golden Chain Tree Arbor, HCC Rhododendron Garden, 1984

Folder 10 - Rhododendron Plan and Invoice from Doan Ogden, 1983

Folder 11 - HCC Landscape Plans by Doan Ogden, 1970

Folder 12 - Plant List by Doan Ogden, extensive and comprehensive, 1972

BOX 7  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Folder 13 - 100th Anniversary Photos, 1998

Folder 14 - General Construction Photos, 1970 and 1990

Folder 15 - Campus Construction Photos, 2002-2003

Folder 16 - Forestry Class Photos, 2004

Folder 17 - Campus Landscaping Photographs, circa 1970

Folder 18 - Mill Pond Photographs

Folder 19 - Millhouse Dedication Photographs, 1985 (?)

Folder 20 - Construction Photos of Rustic Nature Trail

Folder 21 - Photographs of John Palmer, circa 1994

Folder 22 - Rhododendron Garden Construction Photographs, 1984

Folder 23 - San Francisco Dahlia Garden Photographs, 1981

Folder 24 - Photographs of Bodnant Gardens, Mill Pond, and HCC Construction, 1979-1980

BOX 8  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Dahlia Garden Projects and Newspaper Clippings

Folder 2 - History of Agricultural & Biological and Wood Products Departments, 1982

Folder 3 - Herb Garden Information

Folder 4 - Grounds Work Projects, 1981-1982

Folder 5 - HCC Land Acquisition Projects

Folder 6 - HCC Land Acquisition Projects

Folder 7 - Lake Junaluska Consultations by John Palmer

Folder 8 - HCC Campus Signage Projects

Folder 9 - Student Scholarship Information, 1982

Folder 10 - Rhododendron Garden Newspaper Clippings and Information

Folder 11 - Mill Pond, Mill House, and Water Wheel Newspaper Clippings and Information

Folder 12 - John Palmer Speech Notes

Folder 13 - John Palmer Resume, Job Description, and Business Cards

Folder 14 - Student Employment and Study Tours

Folder 15 - Student Work/Employment Schedules and Time Cards

Folder 16 - Student Work/Employment Schedules and Time Cards

Folder 17 - Urban Community Forest Grant Information

Folder 18 - Woodsmen Meet Information

BOX 8  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Folder 19 - John Palmer Correspondence and Memos

BOX 8  
Part 3

Scope and Content

Folder 20 - Construction Plans and Cost Estimates

Folder 21 - Irrigation Plans, Blue Prints, Information and Invoices

Folder 22 - Masonry Designs, Plans, and Financial Information

Folder 23 - Metal Plant Identification Tag Samples, Specifications, and Cost Quotes

BOX 9  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Rhododendron Budget, 1989

Folder 2 - Purchase Orders

Folder 3 - Financial Information for Landscaping Projects

BOX 9  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Folder 4 - HCC Board Member Information

Folder 5 - HCC Publications

Folder 6 - HCC Campus Arboretum Information and Newspaper Clippings

Folder 7 - Annual Plantings 1981-1984

Folder 8 - Nursery Inventory

Folder 9 - Plant Inventory, Fall 1987

Folder 10 - Rhododendron Inventory 1986

Folder 11 - Rhododendron List, 1988-1995

Folder 12 - Tree Inventory

BOX 9  
Part 3

Scope and Content

Folder 13 - Asheville-Biltmore Botanical Gardens

Folder 14 - Various Other Colleges' Arboretum Information

Folder 15 - Various Other Colleges' Arboretum Information

Folder 16 - American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, 1978

Folder 17 - Carolinas Dahlia Society 1990

Folder 18 - Council of Forestry School Directory, 1998-1999

Folder 19 - International Dendrology Society, 2000

Folder 20 - International Dendrology Society, John Palmer Travel Journals, 1995-1999

Folder 21 - International Oak Society 2000-2001

Folder 22 - North Carolina Association of Nurserymen, 1989

Folder 23 - North Carolina Arboretum Information and Newspaper Clippings

BOX 10  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - American Rhododendron Society Information and Membership Lists

Folder 2 - American Rhododendron Society Information and Membership Lists

Folder 3 - Rhododendron Species Foundation Garden Master Plan, 1980

Folder 4 - Society of American Foresters

Folder 5 - Western North Carolina Development Association, Horticultural Crops Commission Members

BOX 10  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Folder 6 - North Carolina Brochures and Ephemera

Folder 7 - Other Brochures and Ephemera

Folder 8 - Aspects of Economic Development Publications

Folder 9 - Research Articles

Folder 10 - Plants and Trees Ephemera and Publications

Folder 11 - Dahlia Catalogs

Folder 12 - Other Plant Catalogs

Folder 13 - Other Plant Catalogs

BOX 11  
Part 1

Scope and Content

Folder 1 - Other Plant Catalogs

Folder 2 - Other Plant Catalogs

Folder 3 - Other Plant Catalogs

Folder 4 - Garden Lighting and Accessories Catalogs

BOX 11  
Part 2

Scope and Content

Folder 5 - Miscellaneous Notes

Folder 6 - Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles, Regional

Folder 7 - Obituaries

BOX 12  
Box 12

Scope and Content

This box contains four VHS tapes which appear to be duplications and are approximately twenty minutes in length. Professionally filmed, the tapes advertise and describe Haywood Community College. Though undated, the tapes appear to date from the 1980s, and probably 1986.

MAP DRAWER B1  
Map Drawer B1

Scope and Content

Item 1 - Poster, mounted on foam core, "The Vanishing Grist Mill," by John Parris

Item 2 - Four 18" x 12" color photographs of student groupings in outdoor settings

Item 3 - One 18" x 12" map plan of walking tour of HCC Rhododendron Garden

Item 4 - Two 18" x 12" negative images of Haywood Technical Institute campus by Doan Ogden, dated 1970

Item 5 - Blueprint for Rhododendron Garden by Doan Ogden, dated 1981

Item 6 - Blueprint for Rhododendron Garden by Forest Management Class of '82, dated August 1981

Item 7 - Blueprint for Rhododendron Garden by Forest Management Class of '82, dated August 1981

Item 8 - Blueprint for Rhododendron Garden at HCC by Doan Ogden, dated 12/20/87

Item 9 - Blueprint of Rhododendron Garden by Doan Ogden, dated 12/20/87

Item 10 - Blueprint of Rhododendron Garden by Doan Ogden, dated 12/20/87

Item 11 - Blueprint of Rhododendron Garden by Doan Ogden, dated 1981

Item 12 - Contour map of HCC, dated 3/13/14

Item 13 - Blueprint for Herb Garden by Auson Arnold, dated 9/21/83

Item 14 - Blueprint for Long Range Master Plan by Foy and Lee Associates, dated 6/26/74

Item 15 - Diminutive blueprint of Walk Alternatives attributed to Doan Ogden, undated, circa 1980s

Item 16 - Blueprint for Tree Planting and Shrub Planting Landscape plan by Broadbrooks Associates, dated 4/14/05

Item 17 - Vellum Original Blueprint of Rhododendron Garden by Doan Ogden, dated 12/20/87

Item 18 - Large Aerial Survey black and white photograph of HCC campus, dated 1963

Item 19 - Large Aerial Survey black and white photograph of HCC campus, dated 2/8/77

Item 20 - Reprinted newspaper article, "Big Wheels" by The Mountaineer, dated 5/2/79

Item 21 - Large Aerial color photograph of HCC Campus, undated

Item 22 - Laminated newspaper article, "Mountain to the Sea" by The Mountaineer, dated 5/27/91

Item 23 - Reprinted newspaper article "HTI's Green Thumb" by The Mountaineer, dated 5/9/79

Item 24 - Laminated newspaper article "Giving His Green Thumb A Rest" by The Mountaineer detailing John Palmer's career and retirement, dated 1/7/08