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Victor Shaw Papers

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Shaw (Victor) Papers

Inventory of the Victor Shaw papers

Summary Information

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives
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

University of North Carolina at Charlotte University Archives

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 1950-53


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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



PORTRAIT Consult Special Collections' staff member as to location


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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 1910-54

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Shaw giving speech and receiving honorary degree, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte (4-7-1950)

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

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Shaw giving inaugural speech after swearing-in (1949) 1949

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

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Ed Burma with Shaw (n.d.)

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Shaw on WBTV, Charlotte (n.d.)

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

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Shaw with Charles Erharddt, president of the National Association of the Raw Cotton Trade in France, Charlotte (n.d.)

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

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Shaw with T. A. Childs and Richard Harkness (n.d.)

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Shaw with Charlotte Boys Choir (1949) 1949

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Shaw and city officials "cleaning" street for Clean Up Week, Charlotte (ca. 1949)

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Moose Lodge, Charlotte, ground breaking by Shaw (1949) 1949

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[no picture]

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

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Shaw at Charlotte Quota Club charter ceremony (7-9-1949)

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

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

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

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

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

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Shaw with Lt. General John R. Hodge and Dr. Warner L. Hall at Morris Field, Charlotte (11-14-1949)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lonnie Love ([eft] with Shaw (1950) 1950 [NST95/50]

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Shaw with Faye Emerson (n.d.)

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Shaw with John Barrymore Jr. (1951) 1951

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Shaw with Randolph Scott (1951) 1951

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Various shots of Dwight D. Eisenhower in Charlotte during 1952 Presidential campaign visits, including Mamie Eisenhower, Charles R. Jonas, and Shaw (1951-52) 1951-52

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

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

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

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Shaw with wife Elsie in parade, Charlotte (n.d.)

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Shaw with wife [left] presenting "key to the city" to Rosemary [center] and Earl Wilson [far right], Charlotte (n.d.)

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Eddy Arnold and Shaw on WSOC radio (1950) 1950

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Betty Furness arrival at Douglas Airport, Charlotte: [left to right - last names only] Solomen, Goodson, Martin, Shaw, Furness, Clark, Busbin, Robinson, Dowdy, Killion, and High (n.d.)

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Shaw with Charlotte City Council (n.d.)

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Shaw with Fred Waring, Charlotte (n.d.)

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Victor Shaw and his wife Elsie in various shots (1950) 1950

P3:6 P95/72-78

Unidentified photo of young girl and boy sitting together in posed picture (n.d.)

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

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Shaw with Victor Shaw Jr. [both in military uniform), Charlotte (n.d.)

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Shaw with Victor Shaw Jr. (n.d.)

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Shaw with daughter Elsie (n.d.)

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Shaw and Victor Shaw Jr. walking down street, Charlotte (n.d.)

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

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

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Shaw with staff at Howard Johnson's Restaurant, Charlotte (n.d.)

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Hotel Charlotte with Shaw mayoral campaign sign (n.d.)

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

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J. B. Ivey [autographed] (n.d.)

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C. F. Huntington [autographed] (1918) 1918

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Shaw's tire store (n.d.)

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

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Shaw [front left] with John J. "Blackjack" Pershing [rear left] and Cameron Morrison [rear right] at Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence celebration, Charlotte (5-20-1922)

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

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box:folder Photographs-Prints

Victor Shaw (n.d.)

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Class picture of young children, Charlotte [note on photo written to Victor Shaw from his classmate and friend, Frank Graham] (ca. 1894)

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

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Victor Shaw (left) and Faye Emerson (right) (n.d.)

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Victor Shaw (seated in front, left) with a group of men (n.d.)

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Berryhill High School, Charlotte, Class of 1938: Victor Shaw Jr. on 4th row down, 4th from left (1938) 1938

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Shaw's Tire Company Store, Charlotte (n.d.)

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J. Edgar Hoover (1949) 1949

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Fourth District Rotarians convention, Charlotte (4-21-1917) [Photographer: The Moons (W. J. Moon and Mrs. W. J. Moon), Commercial and Home Photographers, 1306 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte]

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Guards, Oasis Temple National Shrine convention, Miami: Victor Shaw 6th from left (1928) [Photographer: Biscayne Photo, n.p.] 1928

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Map-case Photographs-Prints

Panoramic of "Officers 4th Motor Mechanics Regiment, Camp Hancock, Georgia": Victor Shaw on back row, 11th from left (ca. 1917) [Photographer: Spencer & Wyekoff, Detroit]

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

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Panoramic of "Hornet's (sic) Nest Post no. 9, American Legion," Charlotte: Victor Shaw just right of center standing next to column (May 30, 1922) {Photographer: The Moons, Charlotte]

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

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