Ramsey Library has been central to the life of UNC Asheville since it was built in 1965.

We’ve come a long way from that first class of just 86 students meeting in the basement of the Biltmore High School, when students could get to class by riding a streetcar and tuition could be paid with eggs and milk. The university has changed and grown in many ways throughout the years, with plenty of change and growth to look forward to in the future.

Take a moment to explore UNC Asheville’s history through the creative vision of student photographer Emmanuel Figaro ’18, who searched the archives to investigate the changing face of UNC Asheville throughout the past 90 years.

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Written by Hannah Epperson. Photos by Emmanuel Figaro.



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