Accession: MSS 80-24
Inclusive dates: 1895-1948
Size of collection: 17.5 linear ft.
Horace Kephart (1862-1931) was a renowned naturalist, woodsman, and author. He gave up a career at the St. Louis Mercantile Library and in 1904 moved to western North Carolina to engage in outdoor pursuits and to study the region. At first he lived in the Hazel Creek area of Swain County and later moved to the county seat, Bryson City. Kephart wrote two books -- Camping and Woodcraft and Our Southern Highlanders -- based on his skills and observations. During the last decade of his life he was active in promoting the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, printed materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, maps, and journals. The magazine and newspaper articles deal with camping and outdoor activities, and were either written by Kephart or were of special interest to him. The magazines include such titles as All Outdoors, American Rifleman, Field & Stream, Hunting & Fishing, National Sportsman, Outdoor Life, Outer's Life, and Outing. The photographs are of mountain scenery, people, and homes or camps. The maps are of the Appalachian area, especially western North Carolina and Tennessee.
For a related collection containing information on Kephart, see George Masa. For additional information on the Hazel Creek area of Swain County, N.C., see the W.M. Ritter & Ritter Lumber Company collection.