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Philip Lance Van Every Papers

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Van Every (Philip Lance) Papers

Papers of Philip Lance Van Every
MS0111

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Van Every, Philip Lance
Title
Philip Lance Van Every papers
ID
MS0111
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1953-1957
Date [inclusive]
1926-1994
Extent
1.0 Linear foot 
General Physical Description note
Approximately 1,800 items, including 41 photographs
Language
English
Abstract
Primarily papers relating to his two terms as mayor of Charlotte (1953-1957). Includes routine correspondence, speeches, clippings, biographical information, and photographs. Also contains a small amount of material relating to his personal life and family and to his service as president and chair of the board of Lance, Inc. (1943-1973).

Preferred Citation note

Philip Lance Van Every Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Philip Lance Van Every was born in Charlotte on December 9, 1913. He was one of six sons born to Mary Lance and Salem A. Van Every. Van Every attended public schools in Charlotte and the Stauton Military Academy in Stauton, Va. He began working at Lance, Inc. in 1932, becoming president in 1943 and board chair in 1960. During his tenure with Lance, the company sales volume grew from less than 9 million in 1946 to 80 million in 1973. At the time of his death, the firm sales had grown to over 200 million. Van Every served on the Charlotte City Council as mayor pro-tem (1951-53), then was elected for two terms as mayor (1953-57). He had four daughters from his marriage to Pinky Johnson of Anderson, S.C.: Mary, Caroline, Diana, and Anne. He attended the First Church of Christ Scientist in Charlotte and held membership in the Charlotte City Club and the Executives Club. He also served as a director of the Myers Park Country Club, board director of the American Trust Company of Charlotte (forerunner of NationsBank) and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, president of the Mecklenburg Saddle Club, and was a Mason and a Shriner. After he retired in 1973, Van Every moved to Georgetown, S.C., where he died on July 22, 1980.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection relates primarily to Van Every two-terms as mayor of Charlotte (1953-57). Material includes correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and photographs, including several items relating to Lance, Inc. Of interest are letters (1954) from President Dwight D. Eisenhower concerning Charlotte's Freedom Day Celebration (5-18-54) that commemorated the 179th anniversary of the alleged Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized in five series:

  • 1. Correspondence, 1951-1957, 1980
  • 2. Speeches, 1951-1957
  • 3. Clippings, 1951-1957
  • 4. Memorabilia, 1926-1994
  • 5. Photographs, 1953-1957

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1994

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

Gift of Lance, Inc., 1984; Anne Van Every Glenn, 1991; and Doris Baucom, 1994.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Lance, Inc.

Personal Name(s)

  • Van Every, Philip Lance

Subject(s)

  • Businessmen--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Food industry and trade--North Carolina
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1951-1957, 1980 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily of routine correspondence written by and received by Van Every in his capacity as mayor. Also includes a small amount of correspondence related to his city council term. Arranged chronologically. Includes a letter (5-29-53) from Nick G. Pappas in which he provides a brief history of Ahepa (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association) and its origins in Atlanta and Charlotte; letter (8-7-53) from Clark C. Griffith, president of the Washington Nationals baseball club (parent club of the Charlotte minor league team) in which he acknowledges Van Every's proclamation praising Griffith's contributions to baseball; letter (9-17-53) from George W. Dowdy in which he thanks Van Every for welcoming Gloria Swanson to Charlotte and noting she "was extremely impressed with your warmth and beauty"; letter (12-16-53) to President Eisenhower in which Van Every comments on the Mayors' Conference in Washington, D.C.; letter (1-17-54) from Ted C. Peters of Fort Worth, Texas [written on the back of a Sante Fe Railway dining car breakfast menu], attached to letter (1-26-54) from Edward J. West; letter (4-26-54) from Roger Makins of the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. informing Van Every that the Queen Mother would be unable to visit Charlotte during her American trip [see also Van Every's letters to Secretary of State Dulles and John Farr Simmons, 3-29-54]; letter (5-20-54) from John H. Vickers with an essay describing the Charlotte Variety Club's Eye Clinic, a charity project dealing primarily with children; letter (11-21-54) from the Senior High Department of Christ Episcopal Church protesting the Carrousel Parade as detracting from the "real meaning of Thanksgiving"; Van Every's telegram (4-15-55) to James F. Byrnes and his letter in reply (4-21-55); letters (11-14, 11-17-55) from Stanford R. Brookshire concerning zoning and development in Charlotte; letter (4-2-56) from George B. Ivey outlining the retail career of his father, J. B. Ivey; and a letter (5-15-57) from U.S. Representative Charles Raper Jonas commending Van Every on his service as mayor of Charlotte.

Box
1
Folder
1-4

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 Series 2 Speeches 1951-1957 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of speeches and talks given by Van Every, the majority of which are opening remarks at dinners and group meetings. Also includes a compilation of his talks such as a copy of "Talks Made by...The Honorable Philip L. Van Every, Mayor of Charlotte, 1953 to 1957" (1994), compiled by Doris Baucom of Lance, Inc. Also includes campaign speeches for city council and mayor, as well as his final speech as mayor (5-13-57).

Box
1
Folder
5-8

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 Series 3 Clippings 1951-1957 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains magazine and newspaper clippings documenting Van Every's service as a city council member and as mayor. Includes a Manufacturers Record reprint (February, 1957) about Charlotte. [See also series 4, Memorabilia.]

Box
1
Folder
9-14

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 Series 4 Memorabilia 1926, 1931, 1951-1955, 1961, 1969-1984, 1994 

American Trust Company 1952-1956 

Scope and Contents note

Includes financial statements, annual reports, an announcement (1952) of Van Every's election to the board of directors, and a profile (1953) of him in the company newsletter, The Spinning Wheel.

Box
1
Folder
15

Biographical and Family 1926, 1931, 1951-55, 1969-70, 1977, 1980   

Scope and Contents note

Primarily newspaper clippings about Van Every and his family. Includes obituaries (1980).

Box
1
Folder
16

Freedom Celebration Day 1954 

Scope and Contents note

Material concerning the annual celebration of the alleged Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. President Dwight D. Eisenhower attended the festivities held at Freedom Park on May 18, 1954. Includes letters (5-19, 5-25-54, n.d. 1954) from Eisenhower to Van Every and A. Grant Whitney, event organizer. [See also series 5, Photographs]

Box
1
Folder
17

Lance, Inc. 1961, 1974, 1984 

Scope and Contents note

Copy of a prospectus of the firm (1961); an invitation to and the address by Van Every on the history of Lance at a meeting of the Newcomen Society in Charlotte (1974); and a one-page history of the firm in Business: North Carolina (1984). [NOTE: this collection does not contain any records of the firm.]

Box
1
Folder
18

Programs 1952-1957 

Scope and Contents note

Copies of programs from conventions, dinners, and other events in which Van Every was a speaker. Includes a copy of "The Bulletonian" of the James W. Teamer School of Religion (May, 1953). [See also series 2, Speeches]

Box
1
Photographs-Prints
19

Stories, Quotes, and Thoughts 1994 

Scope and Contents note

Copy of "Thoughts Collected by Philip L. Van Every, Lance, Inc., 1945-1970: Some of Philip Lance Van Every's Favorite Stories, Quotes and Thoughts..." (1994), compiled by Doris Baucom of Lance, Inc.

Box
1
Photographs-Prints
20

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 Series 5 Photographs 1953-57, undated 

Scope and Contents note

41 portraits and shots (P111/1-41) of Van Every, including one (P111/16) with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Freedom Day Celebration in 1954 (see also box 1:17, Freedom Day Celebration).

Various shots of Van Every 1969, undated 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/1-7

Van Every with Forrest Tucker undated 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/8-10

Van Every with Faye Emerson undated 

P4 10 P111/11

Van Every with Terry Moore undated 

P4 10 P111/12

Van Every with an unidentified woman at a Christmas toy drive sponsored by the Charlotte Moose Lodge 1113 undated 

P4 10 P111/13

Van Every with N.C. Lieutenant Governor William B. Umstead undated 

P4 10 P111/14

Van Every with Charlotte Police Chief Frank N. Littlejohn (far, right) and others on a set at WBTV undated 

P4 10 P111/15

Van Every with A. Grant Whitney [far left, standing], President Dwight D. Eisenhower [seated at table on left], William B. Umstead [behind Eisenhower], and others at the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Celebration at Freedom Park 1954 

P4 10 P111/16

Van Every [2nd from left] and A. Grant Whitney [2nd from right] undated 

P4 10 P111/17

Van Every and others inspecting a flat/torn tire undated 

P4 10 P111/18

Various shots of Van Every 1955, undated 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/20-22

Van Every being sworn in by Victor Shaw (left) 1953 

P4 10 P111/23

Van Every and others checking a water meter undated 

P4 10 P111/24

Van Every with others [probably from the Coca-Cola Bottling Co.] holding bottles of Coca-Cola undated 

P4 10 P111/25

Van Every [3rd from right] with Charles Jonas [2nd from left] and others at a dinner meeting undated 

P4 10 P111/26

Van Every speaking [N.C. Governor Luther Hodges behind flag, dark jacket] at Charlotte Division Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc. 1956 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/27-28

Governor Hodges speaking [Van Every right of flag] at Charlotte Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc. 1956 

P4 10 P111/29
Box Photographs-Prints item

Van Every at interview on WBTV, Charlotte 1953 

P4 10 P111/30

Van Every [left] and WBTV reporter Doug Mayes [right] at service station 1956 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/31-32

Van Every on WBTV 1955 

Scope and Contents note

[reporter Doug Mayes in P111/33-34 to right of Van Every] during the United Appeal Telethon

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/33-35

Van Every in various shots at "Hot Rolled & Tubular Nite," Edgecomb Steel, Charlotte 1953 

Box
P4
Folder
10
item
P111/36-39

Van Every [3rd from right of podium] at the annual banquet of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Charlotte 1955 

P4 10 P111/40

Van Every [2nd from right] and others in front of the [?] Bank and Trust Company undated 

P4 10 P111/41

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