John Palmer Papers, PC.7009

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John Palmer Papers, PC.7009

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Palmer Papers
Call Number
PC.7009
Creator
John Glen Palmer
Date
1977 - 2007
Repository
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

Collection Overview

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.

Biographical/Historical

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.

Biographical/Historical

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.

Contents of the Collection

1. Series 1 Written Records, 1977 - 2006

1977-1989
BOX 1
1990 - 1996
BOX 2
1997 - 2001
BOX 3
2001 - 2005
BOX 4
2005 - 2006
BOX 5

2. Reports

Part 1
BOX 6

3. Plans

Part 2
BOX 6
Part 1
BOX 7

4. Photographs and Slides

Part 2
BOX 7

5. Projects

Part 1
BOX 8

6. Correspondence

Part 2
BOX 8

7. Financial Records

Part 3
BOX 8
Part 1
BOX 9

8. Haywood Community College Information

Part 2
BOX 9

9. Other Institutions and Gardens

Part 3
BOX 9
Part 1
BOX 10

10. Brochures and Catalogs

Part 2
BOX 10
Part 1
BOX 11

11. Miscellaneous

Part 2
BOX 11

12. VHS Tapes

Box 12
BOX 12

13. Oversized Plans and Blueprints

Map Drawer B1
MAP DRAWER B1

Subject Headings

  • 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.)
  • Processing Information

  • Processed by Will Lundquist, 2015.