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Lyda Caldwell Wilson Papers

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Wilson (Lyda Caldwell) Papers

Inventory of the Lyda Caldwell Wilson papers
MS0066

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Wilson, Lyda Caldwell
Title
Lyda Caldwell Wilson papers
ID
MS0066
Date [inclusive]
circa 1929-1945
Extent
4.0 Items
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of the following items: 8-page handwritten description of the home (n.d.); 2-page typed history of the home (ca. 1929); proposed bylaws (1940); and unsigned carbon copy of "Certificate of Amendment to the Charter of Charlotte Crittenton Home" (1945).

Preferred Citation note

Lyda Caldwell Wilson Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Lida Caldwell Wilson (1892-1980) was a daughter of Queens College president and well-known Presbyterian minister Dr. John Livy Caldwell. She was a direct descendant of two men of importance to the history of Mecklenburg County and North Carolina, Dr. David Caldwell and Rev. Alexander Craighead. Before her marriage, Lida Caldwell Wilson taught at Queens College, where she taught German and acted as secretary to the college president. She had a keen interest in civic and church affairs, and the Wilson home at 1400 Queens Road became a popular meeting place for church functions and civic organizations. Mrs. Wilson was described by her friends as being a person who believed you had to take life as it came, and just go on with it. They saw her as a woman who was sensitive to the needs of other people and enjoyed doing kindnesses when she found opportunities.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of the North Carolina Florence Crittenton Industrial Home, Charlotte, kept by Wilson, a member of the board of directors. Wilson was the daughter of Dr. John L. Caldwell, president of Queens College (1911-16) and great-great-great granddaughter of the Alexander Craighead, minister of Rocky River (1758-60) and Sugaw Creek (1758-66) Presbyterian churches. Her husband, George E. Wilson Jr., was mayor of Charlotte (1929-31) and they were charter members of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Their home at 1400 Queens Road (built in 1927) was among the first in Myers Park. (See article from Charlotte Observer, March 20, 1980, in collection file.)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

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

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright not held by UNC Charlotte Library.

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

Gift of the estate of Senator Martha Evans.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Florence Crittenton Mission.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Wilson, Lyda Caldwell

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Collection Inventory

8-page handwritten description of the home undated

2-page typed history of the home circa 1929

proposed bylaws 1940

unsigned carbon copy of "Certificate of Amendment to the Charter of Charlotte Crittenton Home" 1945