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Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association Records

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Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association Records

Records of the Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association
MS0092

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association.
Title
Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association records
ID
MS0092
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1975-1991
Date [inclusive]
1914-1991
Extent
1.0 Linear foot
Language
English
Abstract
Records of a homeowners association established in 1975 to revitalize Plaza-Midwood, one of Charlotte's early streetcar suburbs. Includes subject files, minutes, financial materials, clippings, and photographs relating to the association's activities and information on the history of the neighborhood from 1914 to 1949.

Preferred Citation note

Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association (PMNA) was organized in August, 1975, by residents of the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood in Charlotte. Bylaws were adopted in February, 1976. Plaza-Midwood is an inner city neighborhood with major thoroughfares forming three of its boundaries: Hawthorne Lane on the west, Central Avenue on the south, and the commercial portion of The Plaza and Parkwood Avenue on the north. Briar Creek and the Charlotte Country Club form the eastern boundary. The focus of the neighborhood is The Plaza from Central Avenue to its intersection with Parkwood Avenue. Plaza-Midwood is characterized primarily by modest-sized homes on small lots, allowing a high-density single-family concentration. Developed in the early 1920s as a streetcar suburb, "Chatham Estates," Plaza-Midwood's development coincided with that of Myers Park. Two prominant neighborhood families provided the impetus for the initial development of the neighborhood: the Van Landinghams (2010 The Plaza) and the Victors (1800 The Plaza). Plaza-Midwood's trolley line ran along Central Avenue to The Plaza and down Mecklenburg Avenue to the Mecklenburg Country Club (now the Charlotte Country Club). The Oakland Land Company laid out much of the street design. During the Depression, Plaza-Midwood underwent many phases, resulting in a diverse architectural heritage. The urban flight of the 1950s and 1960s left parts of the neighborhood on the brink of decline. By the mid-1970s Plaza-Midwood residents began to group together to preserve their neighborhood.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of a homeowners association established in 1975 to revitalize Plaza-Midwood, one of Charlotte's early streetcar suburbs. Includes subject files, minutes, financial materials, clippings, and photographs relating to the association's activities and information on the history of the neighborhood from 1914 to 1949.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1984

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

Revision Description

Updated by Adria Hockenberry, 1990 1990

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

Gift of the Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association, 1984. Gift of Noreen Cullen, 1986. Gift of Pat Wilson, 1989.

Processing Information note

Debbie McCachern, 1984. Updated by Adria Hockenberry, 1990.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports (Mss 77): Van Landingham Estate and Victoria. Neighborhood Housing Services Records (Mss 93). Van Landingham Family Papers (Mss 57).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood Association.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Plaza-Midwood (Charlotte, N.C.)

Subject(s)

  • Citizens' associations--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Urban renewal--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: SUBJECT FILES 1914-1949, 1973-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series contains the working files of the organization and documents PMNA's projects and activities. Includes bylaws and articles of incorporation; files on special projects, such as PMNA's agreement with the City to maintain Midwood Park; files on City business affecting the neighborhood, including the proposed relocation of the East Branch of the public library, the proposed reduction of personnel at the local fire station, and rezoning proposals; information files, such as membership directories; and maps.

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION 1979

Box
1
Folder
1

BLOCK CAPTAINS undated

Box
1
Folder
2

BOARD MEMBERS 1978-1991

Box
1
Folder
3

BYLAWS undated

Box
1
Folder
4

"CELEBRATE CHARLOTTE" 1978-1979

Box
1
Folder
5

CITY COUNCIL/COUNTY COMMISSION/MAYOR 1977-1981

Box
1
Folder
6

CLEAN CITY COMMITTEE 1980-1986

Box
1
Folder
7

COMMERCIAL REVITALIZATION TASK FORCE HANDOUTS 1980

Scope and Contents note

Information generated through a study concerning the revitalization of the Plaza-Central Avenue Business District.

Box
1
Folder
8

DISTRICT REPRESENTATION, CITY COUNCIL 1977

Box
1
Folder
9

FINANCIAL MATERIAL 1984-1986

Box
1
Folder
10

FINANCIAL MATERIAL 1990-1991

Box
2
Folder
1

FIRE STATION NO. 8, COMMONWEALTH 1980-1981

Scope and Contents note

Concerns City's proposed personnel reduction at this Plaza-Midwood fire station and PMNA's opposition to that proposal.

Box
1
Folder
11

HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATION circa 1991

Scope and Contents note

Includes petition and information packet.

Box
2
Folder
3-4

HOUSE TOUR SCHEDULE 1982

Box
1
Folder
12

A-B INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD 1975-1980

Scope and Contents note

Proposal to reroute road (US Highway 74) through Plaza-Midwood. Includes NCDOT's alternative route proposals and responses by City Council; transcript of public hearing (10-26-78); and letters to council members.

Box
1
Folder
13

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION 1977, undated

Box
1
Folder
14

LAWSUIT--BRADBURN PROPERTY 1977

Box
1
Folder
15

LIBRARY--EAST BRANCH 1980

Scope and Contents note

Concerns PMNA efforts to halt county's proposed relocation of library out of Plaza-Midwood.

Box
1
Folder
16

LOGO ARTWORK BY BOB JORDAN 1979

Box
1
Folder
17

MAPS undated

Box
1
Folder
18

MAPS 1914, 1947, 1962

Map-case
MC1.9
Folder
6

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION 1976-1984

Box
1
Folder
19

MIDWOOD MATHESON ASSOCIATION 1973-1974

Scope and Contents note

Relates to organization formed to oppose proposed widening of Matheson Avenue, which was dropped due to MMA's objections. [NOTE: this group appears to be the predecessor of the PMNA.]

Box
1
Folder
20

MIDWOOD PARK 1980-1986

Scope and Contents note

Includes City of Charlotte-PMNA contract to pay Plaza-Midwood residents for their work in the maintenance of the neighborhood's public park. (See also box 1:26, Neighborhood Heritage Celebration)

Box
1
Folder
21

MIMOSA PROPERTY 1980

Box
1
Folder
23

MIRACLE MILE STREET FAIR 1981-1982

Box
1
Folder
24

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL INFORMATION 1979

Box
1
Folder
25

NEIGHBORHOOD HERITAGE CELEBRATION 1915-49, 1982-83

Scope and Contents note

Information on Plaza-Midwood history used in this 1983 event. A segment of material (1947-49) documents the "Midwood Park Project," which culminated in the purchase of a tract of land in the Midwood area for a community park. Includes information on fundraising; a copy of the deed of purchase (5/1949); newspaper clippings; a typescript of a WBT radio broadcast (9-11-47) in support of the project; and an application (1947) to the City for a permit for solicitation. (See also Midwood Park).

Box
1
Folder
26

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES 1979-1981

Box
1
Folder
27

NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS 1976-1980

Box
1
Folder
28-29

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM 1976-81, 1987

Box
1
Folder
30

NEWSLETTER 1976-1987

Box
1
Folder
31

NEWSLETTER 1987-1991

Box
2
Folder
2

PLANNING COMMISSION--CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG 1978, 1983

Box
1
Folder
32

PLAZA-CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT REDEVELOPMENT PLAN 1981-1983

Box
1
Folder
33

PLAZA PROMENADE 1984-1985

Box
1
Folder
34

PRESIDENTS' ADDRESSES 1979-1980

Box
1
Folder
35

PUMPKIN BASH 1980, undated

Box
1
Folder
36

REZONING--APPLE HOUSE 1979

Box
1
Folder
37

REZONING--BADAME PROPERTY 1979-1980

Box
1
Folder
38

REZONING--COUNTRY CLUB LANE 1976

Box
1
Folder
39

REZONING--THE PLAZA 1975-1978

Box
1
Folder
40

REZONING--PLAZA-MIDWOOD AREA, GENERAL 1975-1986

Box
1
Folder
41

REZONING--VAN LANDINGHAM ESTATE AREA 1976-1986

Box
1
Folder
42

SCHOOLS 1979-85, 1991, undated

Scope and Contents note

Primarily concerns Midwood School

Box
1
Folder
22

SPECIAL PROJECTS 1977-1990

Box
1
Folder
43

SQUARE DANCE 1979

Box
1
Folder
44

THOMAS-PECAN-CLEMENT AVENUES TASK FORCE 1980

Box
1
Folder
45

URBAN SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM 1979-80, undated

Box
1
Folder
46-47

WINO COMMITTEE 1976

Box
1
Folder
48

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Series 2: MINUTES 1979-1986

Scope and Contents note

This series contains minutes of board of directors and general membership meetings.

MINUTES 1979-1986

Box
1
Folder
49-54

MINUTES 1988-1991

Box
2
Folder
5

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Series 3: CLIPPINGS 1971-1991

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of photocopies of newspaper clippings, primarily in The Charlotte News, The Charlotte Observer, and the Charlotte Weekly-East about PMNA and the neighborhood. [NOTE: most copied from scrapbook.] Topics include PMNA activities; historical houses; residences and businesses; and activities of Neighborhood Housing Services.

Box
1
Folder
55-57

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Series 4: PHOTOGRAPHS

Scope and Contents note

This series contains photographs (P92/1-19) and negatives (NST 92/1-5) of PMNA activities and views in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPHS--NEGATIVES undated

Box
NST1
Folder
92/1-5

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS undated

box:folder
P1:20

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS

box:folder
P4:2
Photographs-Prints
P92/1-2
box:folder Photographs-Prints

Unidentified houses undated

P4:2 P92/1-2

Neighborhood Clean Up Day 1980

P4:2 P92/3-10

Neighborhood Clean Up Day 1986

P4:2 P92/11-14

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