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Charlotte Mayor's Committee on Race Relations Records, 1960-1965

Charlotte mayor (from 1957-1961) James Saxon Smith formed the Mayor’s Friendly Relationship Committee in response to sit-ins at lunch counters led by Johnson C. Smith students in uptown Charlotte on February 12, 1960. The mayor’s goal for this committee was to facilitate conversations between lunch counter protesters, who wanted to …

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Charlotte Mayor's Committee on Race Relations Records, 1960-1965

Frank O. Sherrill Papers, 1963

The collection primarily consists of newspaper clippings and letters collected by Frank O. Sherrill related to the decision to integrage the S&W Cafeteria chain. Sherrill was the co-founder of S&W Cafeteria, which, like many other restaurants in the South during the early 1960s, denied service to black patrons. By 1963, civil rights …

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Frank O. Sherrill Papers, 1963

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Aerial Photographs, circa 1948-1950

This set of aerial photos, commissioned by the City of Charlotte, provide a bird’s eye view of the landscape of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County around 1948-1950, just prior to the explosive growth of the second half of the twentieth century. They provide documentary evidence of both the natural and manmade landscape including …

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Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Aerial Photographs, circa 1948-1950

Julius L. Chambers Papers, 1964-1979

Files of a Charlotte attorney and his firm, Chambers, Stein, Ferguson, and Lanning, relating to their representation of Darius and Vera Swann and other plaintiffs in the landmark case Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts were constitutionally authorized to exercise …

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Julius L. Chambers Papers, 1964-1979

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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