Welcome to the UNC Asheville History Department website. At a liberal arts institution such as UNC Asheville, the History Department is one of the key departments on campus. The department currently has eight talented full-time faculty members with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and interests with a mean of 15 years of experience at UNC Asheville; several excellent adjunct instructors; and is one of the larger majors on campus.
Items of Interest
History Department Honors Alumnus, Jeff Futch, at Spring Banquet
Jeff Futch earned his BA in History in 1990. He rose to become Director of the western branch of the State Archives in 2009. With nearly 20 years experience in local preservation, he has had a scarcely visible but utterly significant impact on WNC's cultural resources. He spent the previous 15 years as a Records Analyst for the western office of the NC Archives working with a minimal staff in a little hole-in-the wall office, advising community groups and government agencies in the western counties on records law and conservation. He promoted the presevation of local government records and facilitated the transfer of historically significant records to the State Archives in Raleigh. Now, as Director of an expanded state-of-the-art facility appropriate for large-scale records storage on the VA hospital grounds here in Asheville, he is working to get those resources back, spending years in tricky negotiations over the Black Mountain College Collection, for example, which is now housed there and attracting international scholars. He oversees a staff of 8 preservationists, archivists, and an archaeologist, turning the office into a cultural resource in itself, partly because of the beautiful restoration of the building (an old and decrepit nurses' dormitory). He coordinates his staff to enable current History majors to complete internships; the first group just finished this semester and collectively logged over 400 hours archiving and curating WNC's History!