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1) Historic Charlotte Postcards from the Mary Boyer Collection

Mary Boyer is the compiler of an extensive collection of postcards of Charlotte in the twentieth century. The postcards are divided into eleven sections and concern such things as views of the city, prominent homes, buildings (both public and private), schools, churches, hospitals, parks, and historical monuments.

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1) Historic Charlotte Postcards from the Mary Boyer Collection

2) Steve Perille Photographs

Steve Perille is a prolific photographer and an award winning photojournalist. While working for The Charlotte Observer, he was the 1975 Southern Photographer of the Year, but his images are more about the social landscape than hard news.

Perille, a native of Wisconsin, was introduced to photography as a young boy by his uncle, Jim …

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2) Steve Perille Photographs

3) William H. Sumner Photographs

The William Hoke Sumner, Jr. collection includes selected digitized images of news events, weddings, buildings, business meetings, sports events, store openings, ribbon cuttings, social gatherings, and numerous other activities. Sumner was a North Carolina photographer who worked in Charlotte; he focused on subjects that interested him …

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3) William H. Sumner Photographs

4) Aerial Photographs of UNC Charlotte and University City

Aerial Photographs of UNC Charlotte and University City illustrate the rapid and extensive growth of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the surrounding neighborhood, University City. The photographs begin in 1959 with the site chosen for Charlotte College and show the progressive area growth through 2008. These images are …

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4) Aerial Photographs of UNC Charlotte and University City

About the collections



Atkins Library Special Collections seeks to promote and expand access to our rare and unique materials through an ongoing digitization program. The subject focus of our digitized collections is life in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, from before the Civil War to the late twentieth century. The types of materials include photographs and other visual formats, family papers, and correspondence.


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