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Victor Shaw Papers

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Shaw (Victor) Papers

Victor Shaw papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Shaw, Victor, 1888-1966
Victor Shaw papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1949-1953
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear foot
General Physical Description note
1,319 items, in part copies, including 109 photographs
Papers of Shaw, Charlotte mayor (1949-53), primarily related to his first term. Includes correspondence, speeches, clippings, memorabilia, photographs, and a recording of presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign speech in Charlotte (1952).

Preferred Citation note

Victor Shaw Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Victor B. Shaw was born in Charlotte on January 20, 1888. He attended public schools in Charlotte, counting among his classmates Frank Porter Graham, president of the University of North Carolina (1932-49) and U.S. Senator (1949-50). During the 1910s, he worked as superintendent of the Ford Motor Assembly Plant in Charlotte. Shaw joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I, serving to second lieutenant at his discharge in 1919. He inherited his father's business in Charlotte, Shaw Tires, in 1920. Shaw served as chair of the Mecklenburg County Civil Service Board (1942-44) and the Mecklenburg County Welfare Board (1958-61). In 1949, Shaw was elected mayor of Charlotte, a post he held until 1953. He retired in 1956. He married Elsie Babbitt of Franklinville, N.Y., and they had two children, Victor Jr. and Elsie. Shaw died in Charlotte on August 11, 1966.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is composed of original and photocopied material, most of which relate to Shaw's first term as mayor (1949-51). Includes correspondence, speeches, clippings, memorabilia, photographs, and a recording of presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower's campaign speech in Charlotte (1952).

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Arrangement note

Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1949-1954. II. Speeches, 1949-1953. III. Recordings, 1949-1952. IV. Clippings, 1951-1966. V. Memorabilia, 1891-1954. VI. Photographs, 1894-1961.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

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 Babbitt Shaw Johnston, 1983. Gifts of Elsie Shaw, 1984-85. Gift of Harry Dalton, 1985.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1984

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

H. H. Baxter Papers (Mss 86). Philip Lance Van Every Papers (Mss 111).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Politics and government

Personal Name(s)

  • Shaw, Victor, 1888-1966


  • Businessmen--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1949-1954 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains letters and telegrams relating to city business and Shaw's civic activities.


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 Series 2 Speeches 1949-1953 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of typescripts of speeches delivered by Shaw to public, civic groups, and other organizations. Topics include local government, housing, rent control, slum clearance, traffic reform, pollution control, education, health, race relations, and an auditorium proposal.

Speeches 1949 


Speeches 1950-1953 


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 Series 3 Recordings 1949-1952 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains 78 rpm vinyl-disc recordings of speeches, music, and miscellany, primarily by individuals other than Shaw. The recordings are in fair condition and are audible. Discs 1 and 2 are recordings of Shaw, while disc 7 is a recording of Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential campaign speech in Charlotte on September 26, 1952. (See also PHOTOGRAPHS)


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 Series 4 Clippings 1951-1966 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes copies of newspaper clippings, primarily from The Charlotte News and The Charlotte Observer, relating to the political, civic, personal, and business activities of Shaw. Includes Shaw's obituary.


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 Series 5 Memorabilia 1891-1954 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains items relating to Shaw's public and community activities, private interests, and military service. Includes an oil portrait of Shaw

Memorabilia 1891-1954 




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 Series 6 Photographs 1894-1961 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of 110 photographs that primarily depict Shaw as mayor. Includes prints of Randolph Scott, Harry S Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.


Box Folder Photographs-Prints

Shaw in various shots 1910-1954 

P3 5 P95/1-21

Shaw giving speech and receiving honorary degree, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte 1950 April 07 

P3 5 P95/7-8

Shaw [left] being sworn in as mayor by H. H. Baxter, Charlotte 1949 

P3 5 P95/22

Shaw giving inaugural speech after swearing-in 1949 

P3 5 P95/23

Herbert Spaugh, Charlotte school board member, being sworn in by Shaw 1949 

P3 5 P95/24

Ed Burma with Shaw undated 

P3 5 P95/25

Shaw on WBTV, Charlotte undated 

P3 5 P95/26

Shaw (left) with Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lamar Caudle (center), Charlotte undated 

P3 5 P95/27

Shaw with Charles Erharddt, president of the National Association of the Raw Cotton Trade in France, Charlotte undated 

P3 5 P95/28

Shaw with Harry Mack, Curt Muser, and O. D. Brazil 1949 

P3 5 P95/29

Shaw with T. A. Childs and Richard Harkness undated 

P3 5 P95/30

Shaw with Charlotte Boys Choir 1949 

P3 5 P95/31

Shaw and city officials "cleaning" street for Clean Up Week, Charlotte circa 1949 

P3 5 P95/32-33

Moose Lodge, Charlotte, ground breaking by Shaw 1949 

P3 5 P95/34

[no picture] 

P3 5 P95/35

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Charlotte, presenting award to Shaw 1949 

P3 5 P95/36

Shaw at Charlotte Quota Club charter ceremony 1949 September 09 

P3 5 P95/37

Shaw with Benjamin Cone, mayor of Greensboro, N.C. 1949 July 

P3 5 P95/38

Frank Porter Graham, Shaw, Clyde Hoey, Hamilton Jones [left to right], Washington, D.C. 1949 

P3 5 P95/39

Charlotte Playground Midget All-Stars Baseball team with Shaw at Richard Field 1949 

P3 5 P95/40

Miss North Carolina, Nancy Yeverton, and Miss South Carolina, Jean Wingard, with Shaw 1949 

P3 5 P95/41

Shaw and Howard Morland, chair of the Queen City Classic football game, Charlotte 1949 

P3 5 P95/41

Shaw with Lt. General John R. Hodge and Dr. Warner L. Hall at Morris Field, Charlotte 1949 November 14 

P3 5 P95/42

B. W. Barnard, J. Murrey Atkins, Charles Crutchfield, and Shaw [left to right] at Salvation Army's Kettle House Fund Raising Campaign, Charlotte 1949 

P3 5 P95/42

Shaw [rear, center] with Police Chief Frank W. Littlejohn and Charlotte's female police officers 1949 

P3 5 P95/45

Shaw [3rd from left] greeting Notre Dame football coach Frank Leahy [center] at Douglas Airport, Charlotte 1950 

P3 5 P95/46

Shaw [rear left] with Morris Speizman at Temple Israel dedication, Charlotte 1950 

P3 5 P95/47

Shaw [center] and Elmer H. Garinger [right of Shaw] 1950 

P3 6 P95/48

Shaw [rear right] with Eddie Rickenbacker [front left] 1950 

P3 6 P95/49

Lonnie Love ([left] with Shaw 1950 

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P3 6 P95/50

Shaw with Faye Emerson undated 

P3 6 P95/51

Shaw with John Barrymore Jr. 1951 

P3 6 P95/52

Shaw with Randolph Scott 1951 

P3 6 P95/53-55

Various shots of Dwight D. Eisenhower in Charlotte during 1952 Presidential campaign visits, including Mamie Eisenhower, Charles R. Jonas, and Shaw 1951-1952 

P3 6 P95/56-60

Delegation inviting President Eisenhower (in Oval Office) to 1954 Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Celebration in Charlotte 1954 

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[left to right] J. E. Broyhill, Eli B. Springs, Charles R. Jonas, A. Grant Whitney, Philip Lance Van Every, Eisenhower, Clyde Hoey, William B. Umstead, George M. Ivey, Victor Shaw, and C.W. Gilchrist

P3 6 P95/61-62

Shaw [center] and North Carolina governor W. Kerr Scott [far left], Charlotte 1952 

P3 6 P95/63

Shaw with "Hopalong Cassidy" (Bill Boyd) and Earl Wilson, Charlotte [autographed by Boyd] 1951 

P3 6 P95/64

Shaw with wife Elsie in parade, Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/65

Shaw with wife [left] presenting "key to the city" to Rosemary [center] and Earl Wilson [far right], Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/66

Eddy Arnold and Shaw on WSOC radio 1950 

P3 6 P95/67

Betty Furness arrival at Douglas Airport, Charlotte undated 

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[left to right - last names only] Solomen, Goodson, Martin, Shaw, Furness, Clark, Busbin, Robinson, Dowdy, Killion, and High

P3 6 P95/68

Shaw with Charlotte City Council undated 

P3 6 P95/69-70

Shaw with Fred Waring, Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/71

Victor Shaw and his wife Elsie in various shots 1950 

P3 6 P95/72-78

Unidentified photo of young girl and boy sitting together in posed picture undated 

P3 6 P95/79

Victor Shaw Jr. and cadet [autographed by Victor Shaw Jr.] 1939 

P3 6 P95/80

Shaw with Victor Shaw Jr. [both in military uniform), Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/81

Shaw with Victor Shaw Jr. undated 

P3 6 P95/82

Shaw with daughter Elsie undated 

P3 6 P95/83

Shaw and Victor Shaw Jr. walking down street, Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/84

Victor Shaw Jr., Shaw, Elsie (wife), and Elsie (daughter) Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/85

Shaw at dinner for David Ovens [front, 4th from right in P95/88] 1951 

P3 6 P95/86-88

Shaw with staff at Howard Johnson's Restaurant, Charlotte undated 

P3 6 P95/89

Hotel Charlotte with Shaw mayoral campaign sign undated 

P3 6 P95/90

Harry S Truman at ground-breaking ceremonies for Wake Forest College, Winston-Salem, N.C. 1951 

P3 6 P95/91

J. B. Ivey [autographed] undated 

P3 6 P95/92

C. F. Huntington [autographed] 1918 

P3 6 P95/93

Shaw's tire store undated 

P3 6 P95/94-95

Billboard stating future site of the Queen Charlotte Gardens Coliseum David Ovens Hall 1951 

P3 6 P95/96

Shaw [front left] with John J. "Blackjack" Pershing [rear left] and Cameron Morrison [rear right] at Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence celebration, Charlotte 1922 May 20 

P3 6 P95/97

Shaw with Oral Roberts [right; autographed], Charlotte 1953 

P3 6 P95/98

Photographs--Large prints 

Box Folder Photographs-Prints

Victor Shaw undated 

PL2 8 PL95/1

Class picture of young children, Charlotte circa 1894 

Scope and Contents note

[note on photo written to Victor Shaw from his classmate and friend, Frank Graham]

PL2 8 PL95/2

Victor Shaw (left), H. H. Robbins (front, right), and several unidentified men undated 

PL2 8 PL95/3

Victor Shaw (left) and Faye Emerson (right) undated 

PL2 8 PL95/4

Victor Shaw (seated in front, left) with a group of men undated 

PL2 8 PL95/5

Berryhill High School, Charlotte 1938 

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Class of 1938: Victor Shaw Jr. on 4th row down, 4th from left

PL2 8 PL95/6

Shaw's Tire Company Store, Charlotte undated 

PL2 8 PL95/7

J. Edgar Hoover 1949 

PL2 8 PL95/8

Fourth District Rotarians convention, Charlotte 1917 April 21  

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[Photographer: The Moons (W. J. Moon and Mrs. W. J. Moon), Commercial and Home Photographers, 1306 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte]

PL2 8 PL95/9

Guards, Oasis Temple National Shrine convention, Miami 1928 

Scope and Contents note

Victor Shaw 6th from left (1928) [Photographer: Biscayne Photo, n.p.]

PL2 8 PL95/10

Photographs--Oversize prints 

Map-case Drawer Photographs-Prints

Panoramic of "Officers 4th Motor Mechanics Regiment, Camp Hancock, Georgia" 

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Victor Shaw on back row, 11th from left (ca. 1917) [Photographer: Spencer & Wyekoff, Detroit]

MC2 6 PO-95/1

Panoramic of officers 

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[n.p. -- may be Camp Hancock, Georgia]: Victor Shaw 6th from right (ca. 1917) [Photographer: Wright, 852 Broad, Augusta, Ga.]

MC2 6 PO-95/2

Panoramic of "Hornet's (sic) Nest Post no. 9, American Legion," Charlotte 1922 May 20 

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Victor Shaw just right of center standing next to column (May 30, 1922) {Photographer: The Moons, Charlotte]

MC2 6 PO-95/3

Color aerial of Charlotte Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, Merchandise Mart, and Independence Boulevard (ca. late 1950s-early 1960s) 

MC2 6 PO-94/4

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