Ramsey was raised in Asheville and attended the University of Virginia, receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics in 1912-13. In 1920 he joined the Asheville Citizen newspaper staff as an associate editor, beginning a career in journalism that culminated as general manager of the Asheville Citizen-Times from 1930-1954. The library at UNC Asheville is named after Ramsey.
Weaving through Ramsey’s career was an ongoing love of the Appalachian mountains, and his collection includes pamphlets and photographs testifying to that effect. Some of these images are below.
|A group of people picnicking at Craggy Gardens, 1911|
|Ramsey's collection includes several Great Smoky Mountain tour guides.|
|"Cedar Cliff, 1915" One of the many sepia images in a photo album from the Ramsey Collection.|
|One of several issues of the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club Handbook in the collection.|
|This photo has the curious caption "Ego - Sawyers 1913"|
|"Greybeard 1914" - D. Hiden Ramsey, pensive pipe smoker man in repose.|
|"Bear Hunters," c. 1915|
|The 1916 flood engulfs Asheville's National Casket Company.|