Guide to the Biltmore Forest School Alumni Reunion, 1950


Collection Information



Abstract:
This collection consists of a single item, a thirty-one-page booklet titled Flowers for the Living that was apparently published by the Biltmore Reunion Committee in 1950 to commemorate the reunion of the alumni of the Biltmore Forest School held 28 - 31 May 1950 at the George Vanderbilt Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. Former teachers and students attended the reunion, where they reminisced about their experiences at the Biltmore Forest School and about the school's founder and director, Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck. Flowers for the Living documents the activities and events held at the reunion and includes such items as a written review of the reunion, copies of speeches and presentations made there, old photographs taken when the alumni were students, new photographs snapped during reunion events, an alumni roster, and a listing of deceased graduates and lecturers.
Contact Information:
Forest History Society
Library and Archives
701 William Vickers Avenue
Durham, North Carolina
27701-3162 USA
Phone: (919) 682-9319
Fax: (919) 682-2349
Email: coakes@duke.edu
URL: http://www.foresthistory.org
Processed by
Elizabeth Arnold
Date Completed
June, 2002
Encoded by
Michele A. Justice

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Biltmore Reunion Committee.
Title
The Biltmore Forest School Alumni Reunion, 1950
Extent
1 volume (30 cm);
[31 p.]
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Forest History Society Archivist/Librarian Cheryl Oakes.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access
This collection is open for research.
Provenance
Unknown
Preferred Citation
[Identification of Item], Biltmore Forest School Alumni Reunion, 1950, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, North Carolina.
Copyright Notice
The Forest History Society does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the Forest History Society Library and Archives are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.
Processing Information
To produce a digital facsimile of Flowers for the Living, the text of the publication was transcribed and keyed into electronic format as a Microsoft Word 2000 document. Photographs and illustrations appearing in the booklet were scanned and incorporated into the electronic document, and a final Adobe Acrobat .pdf file was produced. A link to this [Digital Surrogate] facsimile of the original is included in the "Detailed Description of Collection" section of this guide.

Historical Note

Dr. Carl Alwin Schenck (1868 - 1955) founded the Biltmore Forest School on George Vanderbilt's (1862 - 1914) Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1898 and served as its sole director until the school closed in 1913. The school's curriculum focused on providing practical forest management field training supplemented with traditional classroom lectures in silvicultural theory. To provide the practical training, Schenck took his students on extended field trips to various regions of the United States and Europe so that they could observe firsthand different types of silvicultural operations and methods of forest management. Students usually attended the school for a one-year term, and upon completion of their studies most students sought employment with private lumber companies. The Biltmore Forest School closed in 1913 due to declining interest in the program.

Scope and Content Note

From 28 May 1950 to 31 May 1950 a reunion of the alumni of the Biltmore Forest School was held at the George Vanderbilt Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. Former students, lecturers, and prominent American foresters attended the four-day celebration. A commemorative booklet titled Flowers for the Living was published apparently that same year by the committee responsible for organizing the event. The thirty-one-page publication documents the activities and events held at the reunion and includes such items as a written review of the reunion, copies of speeches and presentations made there, old photographs taken when the alumni were students, new photographs snapped during reunion events, an alumni roster, and a listing of deceased graduates and lecturers.

Organization of Collection

A single series labeled Flowers for the Living (1950) comprises this collection, and the series contains just one published item: Flowers for the Living (S.l.: [Biltmore Reunion Committee, 1950.]) The "Detailed Description of Collection" section of this guide includes a link to a [Digital Surrogate] facsimile of the original text presented as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file.

Online Catalog Headings

Biltmore Forest School -- History.
Class reunions.
Foresters -- United States -- Biography.
Forests and Forestry -- United States -- History.
Schenck, Carl Alwin, 1868 - 1955.

Detailed Description of Collection

Series I: Flowers for the Living (1950)
1 volume (30 cm); [31] pages

Scope and Content Note

This thirty-one-page publication documents the activities and events held at a reunion of the alumni of the Biltmore Forest School that was held 28 - 31 May 1950 at the George Vanderbilt Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. Publication information for this item is inconclusive, but Flowers for the Living was apparently published in 1950 by the Biltmore Reunion Committee to commemorate the reunion. The booklet includes a review of reunion activities, copies of speeches and presentations, photographs, an alumni roster, and a listing of deceased graduates and lecturers.

- [Biltmore Reunion Committee.] Flowers for the Living. S.l.: [Biltmore Reunion Committee, 1950.] [31] pp.   [Digital Surrogate]

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