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Harvey Gantt Papers

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Gantt (Harvey) Papers

Inventory of the Harvey Gantt papers
MS0031

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Gantt, Harvey B. (Harvey Bernard), 1943-
Title
Harvey Gantt papers
ID
MS0031
Date [inclusive]
1983-1987
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Comprised exclusively of Gantt's official files as the first African-American mayor of Charlotte (1983-87). Includes correspondence, reports, and speeches on such topics as the controversy over a site for the new coliseum, Charlotte's bid for an NBA franchise, and traffic conges-tion. Contains no records documenting his earlier city council tenure, his 1990 U.S. Senate campaign, or his professional career as an architect.

Preferred Citation note

Harvey B. Gantt Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Harvey Bernard Gantt was born in Charleston, S.C. on January 14, 1943. He studied at the University of Iowa (1960 62) before transferring to Clemson University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965. [Gantt integrated Clemson in 1963.] Gantt served as an intern for Charlotte's Odell Associates prior to entering graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received a Master of City Planning degree in 1970. [He also holds honorary degrees from Clemson, Belmont Abbey College, and Johnson C. Smith University.] Following his graduation from MIT, Gantt served as director of physical planning for Soul City, N.C. and as a visiting lecturer at UNC at Chapel Hill. Since 1971, Gantt has been a partner in the Charlotte architectural firm of Gantt Huberman Associates. He became a member, by appointment, of the Charlotte City Council in 1974 following Fred D. Alexander's election to the North Carolina General Assembly. Gantt was elected outright in 1975 and 1977. Gantt first ran for mayor in 1979, losing in the Democratic primary to Eddie Knox. Following another term on the council (1981 83) as mayor pro tem, Gantt was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1983 and re elected in 1985. He lost to Republican challenger Sue Myrick in 1987.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is comprised exclusively of items documenting Gantt's service as mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987. The papers highlight the new Coliseum controversy, Charlotte's bid for an NBA expansion team, and highway congestion in Charlotte.

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Arrangement note

The Harvey B. Gantt Papers are divided into the following series: 1) Subject Files (1983-1987); 2) Speeches (1983-1987).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1989

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Permanent deposit by the City of Charlotte and the N.C. Division of Archives and History, 1988.

Processing Information note

Processed by Craig Brashear and Randy Penninger, 1989.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Fred D. Alexander Papers (UNCC Manuscript 91); John M. Belk Papers (UNCC Manuscript 60); Charlotte Transit Mall Collection (UNCC Manuscript 116); Laura Frech Papers (UNCC Manuscript 123); Kenneth R. Harris Papers (UNCC Manuscript 89); Eddie Knox Papers (UNCC Manuscript 135); William J. McCoy Papers (UNCC Manuscript 181); Minnette Trosch Papers (UNCC Manuscript 106); Kelly M. Alexander, Senior Papers (UNCC Manuscript 55); Kelly M. alexander, Junior Papers (UNCC Manuscript 233)

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Gantt, Harvey B. (Harvey Bernard), 1943-

Subject(s)

  • African American mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

SUBJECT FILES 1983-1987

AFRO AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER 1983-1986

Scope and Contents note

documents efforts to convert Charlotte's former Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church into the Center.

Box
1
Folder
1

AIRPORT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes documentation of expan¬sion; efforts to secure a Charlotte London route by Piedmont Airlines; and the sale of adult maga¬zines at airport newsstands [see also box 4:1, Pornography)]

Box
1
Folder
2

ANNEXATION 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes documentation of efforts to annex the University Research Park.

Box
1
Folder
3

APPAREL CENTER 1986-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to funding of the Charlotte Apparel Mart in response to complaints of inadequate local facilities and a threatened move to Greensboro, N.C., by Carolina Virginia Fashion Exhibitors. George Bush attended the ground breaking ceremony (see below).

Box
1
Folder
4

ART 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes documentation of Springfest, an annual arts festival; the Community School of the Arts; and appropriations for art. [See also box 2:20, Mint Museum; and box 3:11, Performing Arts Center]

Box
1
Folder
5

BASEBALL STADIUM 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

documents efforts to construct a stadium after fire destroyed Crockett Park in 1985.

Box
1
Folder
6

BLACK ELECTED OFFICIALS 1983-1988

Scope and Contents note

includes constitution of North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials; minutes of Black Elected Officials in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; material related to National Conference of Black Mayors; and newspaper clippings about Gantt and his wife.

Box
1
Folder
7

BONDS 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes material relating to Charlotte Coliseum bonds (see also box 1:15-17, Coliseum).

Box
1
Folder
8

BUDGET 1984-1987

Box
1
Folder
9

CABLE TELEVISION 1983-1987

Box
1
Folder
10

CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE 1983-1987

Box
1
Folder
11

CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG CITIZENS FORUM 1986-1987

Scope and Contents note

unofficial citizens group concerned with public policy issues and prioritizing community plans and strategies.

Box
1
Folder
12

CITY ATTORNEY 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes reports on litigation for and against City of Charlotte.

Box
1
Folder
13

COLISEUM 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

documents construction and controversy generated by site selection. [See also box 1:9, Bonds; box 3:1, National Basketball Association; and box 4:8, Sports]

Box
1
Folder
14

COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY MAYOR

Box
1
Folder
15

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to City's Community Development Department, federal Community Development Block Grant program, and Habitat for Humanity. [See also box 2:8-12, Housing; and box 5:1-3, Urban Development Action Grant Program]

Box
1
Folder
16

CONGRATULATIONS 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

letters to Gantt, including U.S. Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri (11/7/85), U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware (11/8/85), and Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry Jr. (11/18/85). [See also box 1:23, Democratic Party; and box 2:18, Mayoral Campaigns]

Box
1
Folder
17

CONVENTION CENTER 1984-1988

Scope and Contents note

proposals for expansion of uptown Charlotte facility.

Box
1
Folder
18

CORRESPONDENCE 1983-1987 includes correspondence among concerned citizens, organizations, etc…Sent and received by Mayor Gantt.

Box
1
Folder
19

CRISIS ASSISTANCE MINISTRY 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to the service ministry of the Charlotte Area Clergy Association and other service organizations.

Box
1
Folder
20

DEMOCRATIC PARTY 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to "controversy" caused by Gantt's absence at President Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign visit in Charlotte. Also includes letters from 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter F. Mondale (5/30/84), U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts (7/25/84), Terry Sanford of N.C. (1/12/85), Gary Hart of Colorado (4-23, 11/6/85), and Ernest F. Hollings of S.C. (9/25/85), Philadelphia mayor W. Wilson Goode (6/1/85), U.S. Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri (8/6/85, 2/24, 4/27/87), and New York City mayor Edward I. Koch (11/24/86, 4/27/87).

Box
1
Folder
21

DEVELOPERS 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence voicing developers' concerns over "negative" image.

Box
1
Folder
22

DISCOVERY PLACE 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to capital improvements to Charlotte's science museum.

Box
1
Folder
23

DRUG ABUSE 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

correspondence relating to drug use at Coliseum events, New York mayor Edward I. Koch's proposal for military interdiction (7/5/84), and between Gantt and White House staff (8/15, 8/27, 9/14/84) concerning drug law enforcement.

Box
1
Folder
24

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes material of the Economic Development Study Commission appointed to define goals of the local economy and recommend strategies for achieving goals.

Box
1
Folder
25

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

primarily documents efforts to secure employment for disadva¬taged. [See also box 5:5-6, Youth]

Box
2
Folder
1

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates primarily to storm water management and efforts to build a 54" water line for eastern and southern Mecklenburg County. [See also box 3:6-8, Operations Department]

Box
2
Folder
2

FIRE DEPARTMENT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes letters of appreciation and issues of concern of the Charlotte Fire Fighters Association.

Box
2
Folder
3

HANDICAPPED 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

concerns accessibility of facilities and inquiries into local handicapped services.

Box
2
Folder
4

HEALTH 1984-1986

Scope and Contents note

relates to local health care and concerns, including City's inability to meet standards under federal Clean Air Act. Correspondents include U.S. Representative Alex McMillan (6/11/87) and U.S. Senators Jesse Helms (6/15, 7/11/87) and Terry Sanford (7/15/87) of N.C.

Box
2
Folder
5

HISTORIC PROPERTIES 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission and efforts to preserve local historic buildings, including the Masonic Temple. [See also box 3:9-10, Parks and Recreation]

Box
2
Folder
6

HOMELESS SHELTER 1987

Scope and Contents note

concerns efforts to construct or renovate a local facility.

Box
2
Folder
7

HOUSING 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to housing for low income, handicapped, and retired persons. Includes letters of complaint, requests for assistance, material generated by Housing Authority of Charlotte, and correspondence with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Representative Alex McMillan of N.C. [See box 1:19, Community Development]

Box
2
Folder
8-12

INVITATIONS 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

accepted by and from Gantt.

Box
2
Folder
13-14

KU KLUX KLAN 1986

Scope and Contents note

relates to KKK marches in Charlotte. [See also box 3:16-18, Police Department]

Box
2
Folder
15

LEAGUE OF CONCERNED AMERICANS 1987

Scope and Contents note

concerns efforts by Charlottean Scott Rasmussen to eliminate federal budget deficit.

Box
2
Folder
16

LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION STUDY COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCING 1985-1986

Scope and Contents note

Gantt served as a member of this North Carolina General Assembly committee that studied alternative revenue sources for local governments. Includes correspondence and minutes. [See also box 4:9-14, Taxes]

Box
2
Folder
17

MAYORAL CAMPAIGNS 1983, 1985, 1987

Scope and Contents note

clippings and correspondence. (See also box 1:20, Congratulations; and box 1:23, Democratic Party]

Box
2
Folder
18

MINORITY/WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

primarily relates to minority and female participation in the City's contracting and procurement programs. Also includes material relating to the Minority Affairs office and Native Americans in Charlotte.

Box
2
Folder
19

MINT MUSEUM 1984-1986

Scope and Contents note

includes letters protesting elimination of museum's performing arts theater and correspondence pertaining to Hezekiah Alexander Homesite. [See also box 1:6, Art]

Box
2
Folder
20

Miscellaneous Papers

Box
2
Folder
21

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 1986-1987

Scope and Contents note

documents efforts by George Shinn to secure an NBA team for Charlotte. [See also box 1:15-17, Coliseum; and box 4:8, Sports]

Box
3
Folder
1

NATIONAL CENTER FOR MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to the City's contract with this Washington, D.C.-based agency that assists with federal grant applications and dissemination of information regarding rules, regulations, and grant programs, and serves as a congressional contact.

Box
3
Folder
2

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

includes letter from New York mayor Edward I. Koch (6 11 87) suggesting mayors withhold endorsement of presidential candidates until each had publicly stated his stance on urban issues.

Box
3
Folder
3

NEWS ARTICLES 1980, 1983-1986

Box
3
Folder
4

NEWS CLIPPINGS 1985-1987

Box
3
Folder
5

NEWS RELEASES

Box
3
Folder
6

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to local legislative concerns, with documentation about the "North Carolina Connection" (April, 1987), a City/County/Chamber-sponsored venture that brought legislators to Charlotte to acquaint them with local problems and attributes. [See also box 2:17, Legislative Research Commission; and box 4:9-14, Taxes]

Box
3
Folder
7

NORTH CAROLINA LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES 1984-1987

Box
3
Folder
8

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

documents animal control, sanitation, and other services.

Box
3
Folder
9-11

PARKS AND RECREATION 1984-1987

Box
3
Folder
12-13

PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1987

Scope and Contents note

relates to site selection and funding. [See also box 1:6, Art]

Box
3
Folder
14

PLANNING COMMISSION 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports concerning district plans, zoning, and development.

Box
3
Folder
15-19

POLICE DEPARTMENT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters protesting parking citations and adult magazine sales (see also box 4:1, Pornography).

Box
3
Folder
20-21

PHOTOGRAPHS

Box
3
Folder
22

PORNOGRAPHY 1987

Scope and Contents note

Primarily correspondence protesting adult magazine sales at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. [See also box 3:16-18, Police Department]

Box
4
Folder
1

PTL 1986

Scope and Contents note

Primarily letters protesting the Charlotte Observer's coverage of PTL and Jim Bakker. Includes note (4-21-86) from Bakker thanking Gantt for remembering Bakker's 25th wed¬ding anniversary.

Box
4
Folder
2

SENIOR CITIZENS 1985-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes letters of protest against decreased funding for senior citizens programs and Social Security "notch babies" controversy.

Box
4
Folder
3

SISTER CITIES 1985-1989

Scope and Contents note

Relates to Charlotte's "sister cities" of Krefeld, Germany, Boading, China, and Arequipa, Peru.

Box
4
Folder
4-5

SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Relates to local to obtain additional landfill space and to construct incinerators. [See also box 3:6-8, Operations Department]

Box
4
Folder
6

SOUTH AFRICA 1985-1986

Scope and Contents note

Relates to efforts to pressure South African government into dismantling apartheid. Includes letter from New York mayor Edward I. Koch to President Reagan (8 1 85) comparing South Africa to Nazi Germany and a letter from Harold G. Rudolph (3 20 86), mayor of Johannesburg, in response to Gantt's declining an invitation to visit the South African capital.

Box
4
Folder
7

SPORTS 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

(See also box 1:7, Baseball Stadium; box 1:15-17, Coliseum; and box 3:1, National Basketball Association]

Box
4
Folder
8

TAXES 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

Relates to local efforts to obtain state approval to impose local taxes to generate greater revenues and curtailment of federal revenue sharing programs. [See also box 2:17, Legislative Research Commission; and box 4:16-18, Transportation]

Box
4
Folder
9-14

TRANSIT MALL 1983-1985

Scope and Contents note

Relates to construction of pedestrian mall in uptown Charlotte.

Box
4
Folder
15

TRANSPORTATION 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Material pertains primarily to local highway needs, especially Independence Boulevard (US 74) expressway project and Outerbelt (I 485). Includes material on Charlotte Transit System. [See also box 4:9-14, Taxes; and box 4:19-20, Trolley]

Box
4
Folder
16-18

TROLLEY 1983-1986

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and reports regarding proposals to resurrect trolley service in uptown Charlotte. Includes report of Mayor's Trolley Study Committee (June, 1984) and information on light rail possibilities in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. [See also box 4:16-1-8, Transportation]

Box
4
Folder
19-20

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence relating to Gantt's participation in Sixth International Jerusalem Conference of Mayors (1985). Correspondents include U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia (4-21-87).

Box
4
Folder
21

URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACTION GRANT (UDAG) PROGRAM 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

Relates to federal community and economic development program. Includes material on the Cityfair shopping and dining complex. [See also box 1:19, Community Development]

Box
5
Folder
1-3

UTILITIES 1983-1987

Scope and Contents note

Relates to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department and Duke Power.

Box
5
Folder
4

YOUTH 1984-1987

Scope and Contents note

Relates to programs targeting disadvantaged youth for job placement, adult companionship, etc.

Box
5
Folder
5-6

ZONING 1986-1987

Scope and Contents note

Primarily rezoning petitions. Includes material concerning ordinance to regulate location and size of church buildings (box 5:7) and efforts to regulate billboards.

Box
5
Folder
7-13

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SPEECHES 1984-1987

Box
5
Folder
14-19

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PHOTOGRAPHS

Box Folder item

Harvey Gantt (left) with Vice-President George Bush at the ground breaking ceremony for Charlotte Apparel Center, Charlotte 1987

P12 9 1

Ground breaking ceremony for Charlotte Apparel Center. 1987

Scope and Contents note

On podium: George Bush, Alex McMillan, Gantt and Carla Dupuy, Charlotte.

P12 9 2

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