Special Collections Staff

Gene Hyde, Head of Special Collections and University Archivist

Gene Hyde has served as Head of Special Collections and University Archivist at UNC Asheville since 2013, coming to UNC Asheville from Radford University where he was University Archivist and Appalachian Collection Librarian. His education includes a BA in History from UNC Greensboro, an MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University, and an MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include the role of Appalachian archival collections in curricular support and undergraduate research. He is the founding editor of Appalachian Curator: a newsletter about Appalachian special collections and archives. Contact him at ghyde@unca.edu or 828-251-6645

Ashley Whittle, Special Collections Assistant

Ashley McGhee Whittle has served as Special Collections Assistant since 2019. Prior to that she worked in the archives at the Biltmore Estate and as administrative assistant in the UNC Asheville History Department. She brings a love of regional history and a passion for helping students to the job. She is 2016 graduate of the UNC Asheville History Department and is currently working on her MLIS from UNC Greensboro. Contact her at amcghee@unca.edu or 828-251-6645