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Addison H. Reese Papers

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Reese (Addison H.) Papers

Papers of Addison H. Reese
MS0062

Summary Information

Repository
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives
Creator
Reese, Addison H., (Addison Hardcastle), 1908-1977
Title
Addison H. Reese papers
ID
MS0062
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1957-1976
Date [inclusive]
1951-1977
Extent
2.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
(ca. 3,600 items, including 18 photographs)
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of a key supporter of UNC Charlotte, relating to his membership on the boards of Charlotte College and UNCC, the UNC system, and other state-wide groups concerned with higher education. Includes material concerning the case of Wynn v. Charlotte Community College System involving the construction of separate campuses for predominately white Charlotte College and predominately black Carver College (1958-61); the East Carolina Medical School controversy (1970-74); and the restructuring of higher education in North Carolina (1971-72). Contains very little material concerning his chairmanship of North Carolina National Bank (now NationsBank).

Preferred Citation note

Addison H. Reese Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Addison Hardcastle Reese was born in Baltimore County, Md., on December 28, 1908 to Gordon Lipponcott and Edith Octavia Ford Reese. He attended Johns Hopkins University (1925-28), leaving after his junior year. Reese began his lifelong career in 1930 as a statistician for the Franck-Rosenburg Company, a private banking firm in Baltimore. Following Franck-Rosenburg's liquidation in 1931, he became a clerk in the Bank of Sparrows Point, Md. In 1932, Reese was appointed an assistant national bank examiner for the Office of Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. He was promoted to senior national bank examiner in 1936. Reese resigned in 1940 to become vice president of Nicodemus National Bank in Hagerstown, Md. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of major. After the war, he returned to Nicodemus, leaving in 1947 to become president and chair of County Trust Company in Baltimore. Reese came to Charlotte in 1951 as executive vice president of American Trust Company, which, through a series of mergers, became North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) in 1960. He became president and chief executive officer of NCNB in 1968 and retired in 1973. Reese also served on the board of the Federal Reserve City Bankers (1965) and as a director of the International Monetary Conference. Reese was named to the Board of Advisors of the Charlotte Community College System in 1957 and was later elected to its Board of Trustees. He served as chair of the Charlotte College Site Committee in 1958. In 1963, Reese was appointed vice chair of the Charlotte College Board of Trustees, serving as chair (1964-65) following J. Murrey Atkins's death. He was named to the board of trustees of The University of North Carolina in 1965 and of UNC Charlotte in 1968, serving as the latter's chair, 1972-77. During 1970-71, Reese served as a member of the North Carolina Legislative Study Commission on Student Financial Aid. He also served as a member of the UNCC Foundation (1971-72, 1975-76). Reese received one of UNCC's first two honorary degrees in 1968 and the school's administration building is named for him. The North Carolina Citizens Committee bestowed its 1974 Distinguished Citizenship Award upon him. In 1936, Reese married Gertrude Rasin Craig of Baltimore. They had no children. He died in Charlotte on September 1, 1977 and was buried in Baltimore.

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Scope and Contents note

Documents Reese's role in the development of Charlotte College and UNC Charlotte. Material also documents his involvement in the restructuring of the UNC System in 1971. A small amount of information relates to his banking career (see Memorabilia).

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Arrangement note

The Reese Papers are divided into seven series: 1. Charlotte Community College System (1957-1962); 2. University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1970-1976); 3. University of North Carolina System (1970-1976); 4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1970-1973); 5. North Carolina Study Commission on Student Financial Aid (1968-1971); 6. North Carolina Educational Council on National Purpose, Inc. (1961-1967); 7. Banking (1951-1977); 8. Photographs (n.d.).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives

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

Transfer from University Archives, 1974. Gift of Mrs. Addison H. Reese, 1981.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Reference File--Biographies--Addison Hardcastle Reese. UNC Charlotte University Archives. [For additional information, see Mary Snead Boger, Charlotte 23 (1972) and William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, volume 5, P-S (1994).]

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte--History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Reese, Addison H., (Addison Hardcastle), 1908-1977

Subject(s)

  • Community colleges--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Education, Higher--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Segregation in higher education--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Universities and colleges--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM 1957-1962

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Reese's service on Board of Trustees. Material relates to site selection, financing, and construction of Carver and Charlotte colleges.

CARVER COLLEGE--BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 1958-1962

Box
1
Folder
1

CARVER COLLEGE--FINANCE 1958-1960

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1
Folder
2

CARVER COLLEGE--GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1958-1959

Box
1
Folder
3

CHARLOTTE COLLEGE--BOARD OF TRUSTEES 1957-1962

Box
1
Folder
4

CHARLOTTE COLLEGE--BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS 1957-1962

Box
1
Folder
5-8

CHARLOTTE COLLEGE--"CAMPAIGN TO BECOME PART OF THE GREATER UNIVERSITY" 1960-1962

Box
1
Folder
9

CHARLOTTE COLLEGE--CORRESPONDENCE 1958-1962

Box
1
Folder
10

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM--BUDGET AND FINANCES 1957-1962

Box
1
Folder
11

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM--BUILDING AND GROUNDS 1958-1962

Box
1
Folder
12

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM--WYNN V. CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM 1958-1961

Scope and Contents note

documents controversy over construction of separate facilities for whites and blacks.

Box
1
Folder
13

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Series 2: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE 1970-1976

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily of correspondence reflecting Reese's service on Board of Trustees (1972-76) and on Foundation (1971-72, 1975-76).

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 1970-1976

Scope and Contents note

includes information on East Carolina University Medical School controversy.

Box
1
Folder
14-15

FOUNDATION 1971-1976

Box
1
Folder
16-19

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Series 3: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SYSTEM 1970-1976

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Reese's involvement with the UNC system, mostly in regard to the 1971 restructure into a 16-campus system.

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1970-73, 1976

Scope and Contents note

relates to implementation of restructuring act passed in North Carolina General Assembly in 1971.

Box
2
Folder
1

RESTRUCTURING OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN NORTH CAROLINA 1971-1972

Box
2
Folder
2-5

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Series 4: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL 1970-1973

Scope and Contents note

This series reflects Reese's involvement as Charlotte area coordinator with the UNC-CH School of Business Administration's fund-raising campaign, "Program for the Seventies."

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Series 5: NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMITTEE ON STUDENT FINANCIAL AID 1968-1971

Scope and Contents note

This series documents Reese's service on this Commission (1970-71), charged with making recommendations on financial aid to students in both private and public colleges and universities in North Carolina.

Box
2
Folder
7-11

BACKGROUND MATERIAL

Box
2
Folder
12

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Series 6: NORTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL ON NATIONAL PURPOSE 1961-1967

Scope and Contents note

This series represents Reese's membership in this non-profit organization established to increase citizen awareness of the communist threat to the nation through educational programs.

Box
2
Folder
13

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Series 7: BANKING 1951-1977

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily of newspaper clippings (1951-73) representing Reese's career in banking, especially as relates to his employment with American Trust Company.

Box
2
Folder
14

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Series 8: PHOTOGRAPHS undated

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily of black and white prints of Reese.

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS

Scope and Contents note

includes an autographed photograph of Ronald Reagan (P62/4)

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P2:27

ADDISON HARDCASTLE REESE PAPERS (Mss 62) PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS

Various shots of Reese

box:folder
P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/1-2

General Electric luncheon for Ronald Reagan in Charlotte

Scope and Contents note

[left to right] P. J. Cooper, Senor Valenzuela [president, Lions Club International], Reese (early 1950s)

P7:5 P62/3

General Electric luncheon for Ronald Reagan

Scope and Contents note

[2nd from left, left side] [autographed by Reagan] (early 1950s)

P7:5 P62/4

Sam James Ervin at Belk Dinner 1956

Scope and Contents note

Sam James Ervin [2nd from right in #5; right in #6] at Belk Dinner, also attended by Reese [1st on right in #5; left in #6]

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P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/5-6

Torrence E. Hemby (center?), Reese (right), and another man at a meeting 1954

P7:5 P62/7

Reese (left) and two men standing in front of a picture showing some type of interest pattern (1954?) 1954

P7:5 P62/8

Various shots of Reese 1954

box:folder
P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/10-11

Reese in front of American Commercial Building construction site, Charlotte

P7:5 P62/12

Reese (center) presenting $2500 check from NCNB to Charlotte College Foundation 1960

P7:5 P62/13

Commencement at UNC Charlotte: Bonnie E. Cone [right in #14], Dean W. Colvard (left in #14; left in #15?), A. H. Reese (2nd to right in #14; center in #15) 1968

box:folder
P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/14-15

Various shots of Reese 1954-1960

Scope and Contents note

[#16 in Greensboro, N.C.; #17 located at the opening of the Sedgefield Office)

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P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/16-18

Joint meeting of Board of Directors, American Commercial Bank, with members of Raleigh board, at the City Club, Charlotte 1959

box:folder
P7:5
Photographs-Prints
P62/9

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