Guide to the Mountain Retreat Association Prospectus and Letter, 1898

Summary Information

Title: Mountain Retreat Association Prospectus and Letter, 1898
Collection: AC.444
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Mountain Retreat Association prospectus, titled "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky,'" outlines a plan for a Christian community (now known as Montreat) near Black Mountain, N.C. The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

Creator: Mountain Retreat Association

Biographical/Historical Note

The Mountain Retreat Association was established by Reverend John C. Collins of New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897. The name of the Association was shortened to Montreat during Collins' lifetime. The Mountain Retreat Association prospectus describes a plan to develop a health resort and Christian community in the mountains of western North Carolina near the town of Black Mountain. The Presbyterian Church puchased the area in 1907.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one archival folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was purchased from L & T Respess. Its original title is "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky.'" Its accession number is AC.2008.036. It was opened to the public in March 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Simms Toomey, November 2008; Encoded by Simms Toomey, November 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.444: Mountain Retreat Association Prospectus and Letter, 1898, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Mountain Retreat Association Prospectus and Letter, 1898.

Series Description: The Mountain Retreat Association prospectus, titled "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky,'" outlines a plan for a Christian community (now known as Montreat) near Black Mountain, N.C. The collection consists of three items: the prospectus, accompanying letter, and the envelope in which they were delivered to Mr. W.W. Finlay of the Southern Railway Company.

Prospectus. "A Mountain Retreat. Health and Rest, Home in the 'Land of the Sky.'" 30 narrow pages, 3.75" x 8.5", ribbon-tied at top. Folder 1
Letter, dated 26 January 1898, to Mr. W.W. Finlay, an official of the Southern Railway, from the Rev. John C. Collins, President of the Mountain Retreat Association, inviting Mr. Finlay to consider the accompanying "'description' of history, plans and purposes,...of our enterprise on the Southern Railway near Black Mountain, N.C." Folder 1
Envelope addressed to Mr. W.W. Finlay, Southern Railway, Washington, D.C. "Personal" is written on the envelope. A return address, The Mountain Retreat Association, President's Office, 86 Crown Street, New Haven, Conn., is printed in top left corner. Folder 1