Guide to the E.B. Olmsted's Ginseng-Buying Expedition to North Carolina Papers, 1870-1901, undated

Summary Information

Title: E.B. Olmsted's Ginseng-Buying Expedition to North Carolina Papers, 1870-1901, undated
Collection: AC.636
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of correspondence from E.B. Olmsted to the office of Lanman & Kemp, monetary sponsors of Olmsted's expedition to North Carolina for securing native ginseng roots, copy of 1901 Ginseng: The crop that's worth its weight in sterling silver, a map and an informational pamphlet from American Ginseng Gardens of Rose Hill, New York.

Creator: Olmsted, E. B.

Biographical/Historical Note

E.B. Olmsted owned at least 100,000 acres in the mountains of North Carolina, and successfully petitioned Lanman & Kemp to bankroll a ginseng expedition into the area where North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia share borders. He meets with difficulties and competition for the purchase of harvested ginseng, is then able to purchase and ship back to Lanman & Kemp, but in last letter, the shipment is long overdue. He has no records of shipment and cannot contact the wagoneer who took it to the train. He is also sadly in debt to several stores and does not have many funds.

Scope and Contents

The correspondence from Olmsted is dated September to December of 1870, during his expedition to North Carolina for a ginseng-buying venture, backed by Lanman & Kemp of New York. Most is easily read except when he wrote on both sides of the paper. The small book about Ginseng is in excellent condition. There is also a folder on which someone has captured the subjects of Olmsted's letter by date and given an overview of the collection.


Correspondence is in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from L & T Respess Booksin 2003. Accession number not on working list.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, April 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.636: E.B. Olmsted's Ginseng-Buying Expedition to North Carolina Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1870-1901, undated ACSC_Box 19, Folder 13