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Mary Norton Kratt Papers

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Kratt (Mary Norton) Papers

Inventory of the Mary Norton Kratt papers
MS0113

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Kratt, Mary Norton
Title
Mary Norton Kratt papers
ID
MS0113
Date [inclusive]
1886-2000
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Location note
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Language
English
Abstract
Collection 113 consists of manuscripts and other material relating to Mary Norton Kratt's writing: including some of her books and articles, and a great deal of her poetry (published and unpublished). The collection also includes taped interviews that she used in researching her writing, and photographs that she used in the development of Legacy: The Myers Park Story, and Charlotte: Spirit of the New South.

Preferred Citation note

Mary Norton Kratt Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Mary Norton Kratt is an author of varied talents and whose chief interests centered on traditional Southern culture, which is evidenced in nearly all of her writing--documentary, essays, and poetry. According to a promotional flier for one of her poetry books (On the Steep Side) she grew up in West Virginia, and was born there around 1937. She attended Charlotte Central High School, and worked on the school newspaper there. Later, she married Emil Kratt, and lawyer, and had three children: Bill, Laura and Mary Hunter. Kratt matriculated through Agnes Scott College and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, receiving degrees in English literature from both schools. She later won the Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series twice, and the Fortner Writer-in-Community Award from St. Andrews College in 1994. She has also won the Brockman/Campbell Poetry Book Award. She has at least sixteen published books to her credit--on poetry, history and biography, all of which is centered around Southern life and culture.

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Scope and Contents note

Mary Norton Kratt's papers concern her career as a writer, newspaper journalist, biographer and poet. She wrote on a range of topics, but for the most-part, her interest was in Southern culture in the twentieth century. This collection contains large and significant subseries on Carlyle Marney, the famed Baptist preacher; and another on the culture that surrounded the textile mill working class. Kratt did a great deal of research before writing her books. Her research on Rev. Carlyle Marney involved interview of many people who knew him. Kratt taped these interviews, and the tape cassettes are a part of this collection. However, these tapes have been transferred to the Oral History Section. Photographs from two of Kratt's books, Charlotte: Spirit of the South and Legacy: the Myers Park Story, are also included in this collection. The last series of the Kratt collection itemizes the photos and also indicates which book it came from as well as the page number.

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Arrangement note

As this collection has arrived at this repository in bits and pieces, the latest accession has required complete reworking. The collection is now arranged in seven series: the first containing articles about M.N. Kratt; series 2 contains her written work (subdivided into subseries on articles, books and poetry); series 3 contains her collected information on other authors; series 4 contains subject files concerning her research, followed by a series of audio tape recordings, and lastly a series of photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2007

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

Gifts of Mary Norton Kratt, 1985-2001.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, June 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--History
  • Mecklenburg County (N.C.)--History

Personal Name(s)

  • Kratt, Mary Norton

Subject(s)

  • Historic preservation--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Southern States--Social life and customs

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Articles about MNK

Box
1
Folder
1

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Series II: MNK's writing

Box Folder

Articles-in manuscript form

1 2

"Dr. Frank H. Caldwell: a man with union on his mind"

"Summers on the Chesapeake"

"Passionate publishing: a small press story"

"Going out of style: in praise of clotheslines"

"On Traveling with Forethought"

"Moving into the Marketplace"

"Special to the Christian Science Monitor"

"A Wistful Loss of Beauty"

"Finding the River"

"What's Amusing and Confusing about the Queen City"

"The Ferry Queen"

"A Bird in the House"

Articles-Charlotte Observer, 1976-1981

1 3

Articles published in magazines (arranged chronologically) 1976-1996

1 4

The Christian Home, "Can you survive the Crowded Years?"

Vista, "Running Crooked and Straight"

The Christian Century, "The Church: Always Resistant to Change"

Tar Heel, "On Blackberries"

Presbyterian Survey, "Variations of a Theme"

Outer Banks Magazine, "Of Swiss Bears and Grand Palaces"

North Carolina Literary Review, "Aunt Becky's Way"

Books

Box Folder

A Bird in the House

1 5
Oversize

Legacy: the Myers Park Story

3:4
Box Folder

A Little Charlotte Scrapbook

1 6

Marney

Box Folder

Notes

1 7

Marney's writing

1 8

Death

1 9

Marney, by John J. Carey

1 10

Correspondence

1 11

Interview transcripts

1 12

Manuscript

1 13

Book

1 14
Box Folder

My Dear Miss Eva

1 15

On the Steep Side

1 16

The Only Thing I Fear is a Cow and A Drunken Man

1 17

Remembering Charlotte

1 18

Small Potatoes

1 19

Southern Is…

1 20

Poetry

Scope and Contents note

(Arranged by publication title. See appendix in the back of this inventory).

Box Folder

Arts Journal

1 21

Ashville Poetry Review

1 22

Blue Pitcher

1 23

Briarpatch

1 24

Brief Encounters

1 25

Calliope

1 26

Cardinal

1 27

Carolina Literary Companion

1 28

Charlotte Observer

1 29

Chattahoochee Review

1 30

Christian Century

1 31

Christian Century

1 32

Christian Home

1 33

Coastal Plains Poetry

1 34

Cold Mountain Review

1 35

Connecticut Writer

1 36

Cotton Boll

1 37

Crescent Review

1 38

Crucible

1 39

Davidson Miscellany

1 40

DeKalb Literary Arts Journal

1 41

Doors of the Morning

1 42

Earth's Daughters

1 43

EMRYS Journal

1 44

Four Quarters

1 45

Georgia

1 46

Greensboro Review

1 47

Icarus

1 48

Independence Boulevard

1 49

International Poetry Review

1 50

Iris

1 51

Journey of a Spirit

1 52

Kansas Quarterly

1 53

Lactuca

1 54

Literary Journal of the Sandhills Community College

1 55

Louis Review

1 56

Lyricist

1 57

MacGuffin

1 58

Main Street Rag

1 59

My Livingstone

1 60

Negative Capability

2 61

New North Carolina Poetry

1 62

New Renaissance

1 63

Nimrod

1 64

North Carolina Folklore Journal

1 65

North Carolina's 400 Years

1 66

North Carolina Poetry Society

1 67

Pembroke Magazine

1 68

Poem

1 69

Poet Lore

1 70

Poets Pick of Charlotte

1 71

Portfolio

1 72

Potato Eyes

1 73

Potomac Review

1 74

Primer

1 75

Raccoon

1 76

Rhino

1 77

Saint Andrews Review

1 78

Shenandoah

1 79

South Carolina Review

2 1

Six Poets Reading

2 2

South Florida Poetry Review

2 3

Southern Humanities Review

2 4

Southern Poetry Review

2 5

Spoon River Quarterly

2 6

Stone Country

2 7

Sun Dog

2 8

Suntrust

2 9

Synaesthesia

2 10

Tar River Poetry

2 11

Unidentified publications

2 12

Uwharrie Review

2 13

Waterways

2 14

Wayah Review

2 15

Wellspring

2 16

Wind

2 17

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Series III: Authors

Box Folder

Bowers, Cathy Smith

2 18

Caldwell, Erskine

2 19

Davis, Burke

2 20

Heckler, Jonellen

2 21

Hemley, Robin

2 22

Johnson, Mrs. Curtis B.

2 23

Naumoff, Lawrence

2 24

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Box Folder

Series IV: Correspondence 1977-2000

2 25

Series V: Subject File

Box Folder

Charlotte Post, Inc. 1949

2 26

Homosexuality and the Church

2 27

Mill Culture

Box Folder

Clark Publishing Company

2 28

Clark, David, 1877-1955

2 29

Dabbs, Ethel Thomas

2 30

Textile Blue Book

2 31

Gastonia, NC

2 32

Industrial fiction

2 33

Industrial fiction: survey results

2 34

Industrialization of North Carolina

2 35

Labor history-women

2 36

Machine song

2 37

North Carolina Collection

2 38

Southern Textile Bulletin

2 39

Todd Interviews

2 40

Vorse, Mary Heaton

2 41
Box Folder

Tryon Street Mall (see also oversize storage OF3:3)

2 42

Tryon Street Mall-Wolf Associates

2 43

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Series VI: Sound Recordings

Bobbitt, William--interview

Draper, E. S. Draper--interview

Hanchett, Thomas--interview

Henley, R.--interview

Johnson, Mrs. Curtis B.--interview

Marney, L. Carlyle--memorial service

Pease--interview

Schenck, Sara Moody--interview

Thies, Frank--interview

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Series VII: Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Most of the photographs in the Kratt collection were used to illustrate two books: Charlotte: Spirit of the New South, and Legacy: the Myers Park Story. Most of the descriptions used for the photos in this inventory are the same as those that appear in these two books. In addition, the descriptions below include the book title and page number where those published photos appear.

Box item

Frank H. Caldwell undated

P12:1 P113/1
item

Laura Kirkpatrick

P113/2

Thomas W. Hanchett and Mary Norton Kratt 1987

P113/3

1892 map of Charlotte [p.9] undated

P113/4

Thies residence at 544 Providence Road, Charlotte [p.13] undated

P113/5

Frank Thies Sr., standing in the garden house [p.14] 1983

P113/6

1905 map showing Dilworth, Elizabeth College, and Piedmont areas in Charlotte [p.39] undated

P113/7

1911 map showing Hohn Nolen's proposed Myers Park, Charlotte, NC [p.39] undated

P113/8

Myers Park community Store, Charlotte [p.59] undated

P113/9

Ben and Hannah Blair Wither [p.61] 1984

P113/10

Sketch plan for rearrangement of rear property of Norman A. Cocke, 816 Harvard Place; architect, John Nolen [p.80] 1916

P113/11

1983 guide map for historical walking tour of Myers Park illustrating areas planned by Nolen and Earle Draper [p.86] undated

P113/12

Advertisement/description of Myer's Park, including its surroundings and what it has to offer to residents [p.92] undated

P113/13

1921 sales brochure showing a map of "Myers Park and the Horseshoe," a few roads, and the area within this vicinity [p.94-95] undated

P113/14

1921 sales map of Myers Park showing the proposed general plan

P113/15

First clubhouse of Myers Park Country Club (previously the Horner Military School administration building [p.101] undated

P113/16

1935 map showing Myers Park Golf Course [p.103] undated

P113/17

1830 Queen's Road, Charlotte [p.139] undated

P113/18

Charlotte's first shopping center complex, East Morehead at Romany and Kings Drive [p.142] undated

P113/19

Earle Sumner Draper [p.144] 1983

P113/20

C.G. McManaway house, 1700 Queens Road, charlotte [p. 161] undated

P113/21

Ben Withers house, 712 East Avenue moved to 1937 Selwyn Road in 1920s, Charlotte [p. 162] undated

P113/22

Thies family house, 544 Providence Raod, Charlotte [p. 163] undated

P113/23

J.B. Duke Mansion [p. 164] undated

P113/24

David Ovens house, 825 Ardsley Road, Charlotte [p.165] undated

P113/25

David Clark house, 100 Hermitage Road, Charlotte [p. 166] undated

P113/26

Queens College, Charlotte [p.169] undated

P113/27

George Stephens house, 821 Harvard Place, Charlotte [p. 171] undated

P113/28-29

Norman Cocke house, 816 Harvard Place, Charlotte [p.172] undated

P113/30

Bungalows on Dartmouth Place, charlotte [p.172] undated

P113/32a

John Bass Brown house, 600 Hermitage Road, Charlotte [p. 176] undated

P113/32b

E.C. Marshall house, Charlotte [p.178] undated

P113/33

F. W. Bradshaw house, 2200 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte [p.178] undated

P113/34

Stuart W. Cramer Jr. house, 200 Hermitage Road, Charlotte [p.180] undated

P113/35

D. Heath Nesbit house, 522 Hermitage Court, Charlotte [p.180] undated

P113/36

Frank H. Ross house, 2001 Sherwood Avenue, Charlotte [p.181] undated

P113/37

H. M. Wade house, 530 Hermitage Road, Charlotte [p.183] undated

P113/38-39

Charles Lambeth house, 435 Hermitage Road, Charlotte [p.184] undated

P113/40

Residence on Westfield Road, Charlotte ) [p.184] undated

P113/41

2549 Sherwood Avenue, Charlotte [p.185] undated

P113/42

Little Church on the Lane [p.186] undated

P113/43

Myers Park Elementary School, 2132 Radcliffe Avenue, Charlotte [p.187] undated

P113/44

House being moved on Roswell Avenue from 2200 block to 2100 block, Charlotte [p.194] [NST90/21] 1983

P113/45

Forestry being pulled up, making way for condominiums on 2200 block on Roswell Avenue [p.196] [NST70/5] circa 1983

P113/46

Marathon at Queens Road West, Charlotte [p.197] 1980s

P113/47

Advertisement picture showing streets in Myers Park, Charlotte undated

P113/48

Section of a map showing Providence Road and Elizabeth College area, Charlotte undated

P113/49

Section of a map showing Elizabeth College, Charlotte [NST75/10] undated

P113/50

Postcard advertisement for Myers Park showing the Queens Road entrance, Charlotte undated

P113/51

Thies house, Providence Road, Charlotte undated

P113/52-54

Party in yard of Thies house [courtesy of Frank Thies Jr.], Charlotte undated

P113/55

Cossett house, Myers Park, Charlotte 1985

P113/56

Cameron Morrison house, Queens Road, Charlotte undated

P113/57

George Stephens house, Charlotte 1984

P113/58

E. C. Marshall house, Charlotte 1984

P113/59

David Clark house, 100 Hermitage Road, Charlotte undated

P113/60

Louis Asbury in his Charlotte office [NSH113/61] undated

P113/61

Percival Gallagher, Frederick Law Olmstead Jr., and James Frederick Dawson (left to right) [job #2919; courtesy of The National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site] undated

P113/62

Two men in front of a house in early Myers Park, Charlotte undated

P113/63

Horner Military Institute, Charlotte [courtesy of Louise Smith Thompson] undated

P113/64

The 1886 Courthouse [Charlotte: Spirit of the New South, p. 117]

P113/65

First Ward students, 1912 [Charlotte, p. 156]

P113/66

Mayo Cunningham, [Legacy, The Myers Park Story, p. 158]

P113/67j

George Stephens [Legacy, p. 16]

P113/67i

A prominent citizen mows his lawn [Legacy, p. 90]

P113/68b

A full page weekly CHARLOTTE OBSERVER ad, "Concerning Myers Park." [Legacy, p. 88]

P113/68f

Picking your Easter suit [Legacy, p. 149]

P113/68l

Victrola [Legacy, p. 150]

P113/68r

A line drawing of a gentleman in a suit [Legacy, p. 148]

P113/68s

"In Myers Park the April Showers change the gardens into bowers." [Legacy, p. 97]

P113/68v

69 Arial view of Central Piedmont Community College

P113/

70 North Carolina Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt

P113/

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