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Charlotte (N.C.) City Records

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Charlotte (N.C.) City Records

Inventory for the Charlotte (N.C.) city records
MS0127

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
J. Murrey Atkins Library. University Archives.
Title
Charlotte (N.C.) City records
ID
MS0127
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1895-1920
Date [inclusive]
1853-1957
Extent
4.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Language of Materials note
English.
Abstract
Primarily financial records concerning appropriations and expenditures of the city government, 1890s-1920s. Includes material relating to the overall budget and to schools, taxes, business licenses, payrolls, and Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries. Also includes a copy of the petition (1919) to incorporate Myers Park and photographs of 25 mayors (ca. 1853-ca. 1953) and of 8 city commissioners (ca. 1917-ca. 1925).

Preferred Citation note

Charlotte (N.C.) City Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Charlotte was chartered on November 7, 1768 when the colonial assembly passed "An Act for Establishing a Town in Mecklenburg County." This act established a commission form of government for the city, which was used until the Civil War. Following the withdrawal of Federal troops from Charlotte, an aldermanic form of government was adopted with aldermen and mayor elected by the citizens. A change from aldermanic to commission form of government occurred in 1917. A referendum in 1929 resulted in the current city manager and council plan, with the mayor acting primarily as titular head of government. District representation was approved by the voters in 1977. [For more information, see LeGette Blythe and Charles Raven Brockmann, Hornets' Nest: The Story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (Charlotte: McNally, 1961), as well as more contemporary sources.]

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Scope and Contents note

Primarily financial records concerning appropriations and expenditures of the city government, 1890s-1920s. Includes material relating to the overall budget and to schools, taxes, business licenses, payrolls, and Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries. Also includes a copy of the petition (1919) to incorporate Myers Park and photographs of 25 mayors (ca. 1853-ca. 1953) and of 8 city commissioners (ca. 1917-ca. 1925).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

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

Transfer from City of Charlotte, 1990.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.). City Council.

Geographic Name(s)

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

Subject(s)

  • Municipal government--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Public records--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: SUBJECT FILES 1862-1877, 1894-1929

Scope and Contents note

This series contains primarily financial material relating to departmental transactions. Also includes some correspondence and reports. [See also series 2.]

Box Folder

BANK STATEMENTS AND CANCELLED CHECKS 1929

1 1

BILLS PAYABLE 1895, 1900

Scope and Contents note

Includes receipt (1-2-1900) signed by E. D. Latta, president of Charlotte Consolidated Construction Company.

1 2

CEMETERY DEPARTMENT--PAY RECEIPTS 1895-1896

1 3

CEMETERY DEPARTMENT--PAYROLLS 1895-96, 1899

Scope and Contents note

For Elmwood, Old, and Pinewood cemeteries.

1 4

CEMETERY DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1899

1 5

CONTINGENCY DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1899

1 6

CORRESPONDENCE 1862, 1895, 1901, 1903, 1910-12, 1917

Scope and Contents note

Includes a letter (5-23-1862) written by N. C. Harris, a Confederate soldier, to M. E. Alexander, in which he relates his experiences at Camp Davis near Wilmington, N.C., during the early part of the war.

1 7

COTTON TAX DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 8

COTTON TAX DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1899

1 9

ELECTION RETURNS--WARDS 1, 2, 3, AND 4 1901

1 10

FIRE DEPARTMENT--PAY RECEIPTS 1896

1 11

FIRE DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL 1895-96, 1900

1 12

FIRE DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1900

1 13

HEALTH DEPARTMENT--CREMATORY HANDS PAYROLL 1895-96, 1899

1 14

HEALTH DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 15

HEALTH DEPARTMENT--SANITARY HANDS PAYROLL 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 16

HEALTH DEPARTMENT--SANITARY OFFICERS (POLICE) PAYROLL 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 17

HEALTH DEPARTMENT--SPRINKLING DEPARTMENT PAYROLL 1899-1900

1 18

INTEREST DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS AND BOND COUPONS 1872-77, 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 19

LAMPS AND GAS DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895, 1899-1900

1 20

MAYOR--REPORT AND ADDRESS 1906, 1917

Scope and Contents note

Includes farewell address of T. L. Kirkpatrick, as well as a report on the accomplishments of his administration.

1 21

MONTHLY STATEMENTS--RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS 1914-1917

1 22

MYERS PARK--PETITION FOR A MUNICIPAL CHARTER 1919

1 23

POLICE DEPARTMENT--EXPENSE ACCOUNTS 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 24

POLICE DEPARTMENT--PAY RECEIPTS 1875-76, 1895-96

1 25

POLICE DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL 1875, 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 26

POLICE DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-96, 1899

1 27

PUBLIC BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT--PAY RECEIPTS FOR SCHOOL JANITORS 1895, 1899

1 28

PUBLIC BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL 1899

1 29

PUBLIC BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1865, 1867, 1895-96, 1899

1 30

RECEIPTS--VARIOUS 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 31

SALARY DEPARTMENT--PAY RECEIPTS 1895-1896

1 32

SEWER DEPARTMENT--RAILWAY FREIGHT BILLS 1894-96, 1899-1900

1 33

SEWER DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895, 1899-1900

1 34

SEWER DEPARTMENT--SEWER HANDS PAYROLL 1895-96, 1899-1900

1 35

STREET DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL LISTS FOR BRIDGE, GRADING, GUTTERING, ROCKWALL, AND SIDEWALK HANDS 1895

1 36

STREET DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL LIST FOR QUARRY HANDS 1895-1896

1 37

STREET DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL LIST FOR REPAIR HANDS 1895

1 38

STREET DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL LIST FOR STREET HANDS 1895-1896

2 1

STREET DEPARTMENT--PAYROLL LIST FOR STREET HANDS 1895-1896

2 2STREET DEPARTMENT--RAILWAY FREIGHT BILLS

STREET DEPARTMENT--RAILWAY FREIGHT BILLS 1895

2 3

STREET DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-1896

Box
2
Folder
4
Bin Folder

STREET DEPARTMENT--RECEIPTS 1895-1896

2 5
Box Folder

STREET DEPARTMENT--REPORT OF CITY ENGINEER & SUPERINTENDANT OF STREETS 1924-1925

2 6

SURETY BONDS--OFFICE HOLDERS 1897-1911

2 7

SURETY BONDS--PLUMBERS 1902-1908

2 8

SURETY BONDS--VARIOUS 1906, 1911, 1915, 1917, 1920

2 9

TAX COLLECTOR--REPORTS 1899-1905, 1917

2 10

TREASURER--REPORTS 1903

2 11
Box Drawer

VITAL STATISTICS 1907-1916

2 12
Box Folder

VITAL STATISTICS 1907-1916

2 13

WATER WORKS--RECEIPTS 1895-1896

2 14

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Series 2: VOLUMES 1890-1919

Scope and Contents note

This series contains cash books, ledgers, and receipt books relating primarily to financial matters of the city. Also includes indices recording those buried in the white (Elmwood) and African-American (Pinewood) municipal cemeteries. [See also series 1.]

Volume

SCHOOLS ; CARNEGIE LIBRARY 1908-1916

Scope and Contents note

A listing of appropriations made for these two institutions [SCHOOLS (NOV., 1912 TO MAY 31, 1916) ; CARNEGIE LIBRARY (MAY, 1908 TO MAY 31, 1916)]

1

JOURNAL 1907

Scope and Contents note

A listing of several city divisions and their appropriations, including the Street Department, Dilworth Sidewalks, City Engineer, Superinten¬dent of Streets, Assistant Engineers, Sewers, Public Buildings, Vance Park, Public Schools, Keeper and Assistant Keepers of Elmwood Cemetery, Keeper of Pinewood Cemetery, Cemeteries, Lights, and Fourth Ward School.

2

LEDGER 1898-1899

Scope and Contents note

A listing of school expenses and teachers' salaries.

3

CASH BOOK 1908 .

Scope and Contents note

A list of payments and appropriations

3

CASH BOOK 1916

Scope and Contents note

A listing of payrolls for parks, etc.

5

UNMARKED BOOK 1914-1916

Scope and Contents note

A listing of the money received for drivers licenses, retail merchants, and private clubs.

6

FIGURING BOOK 1908 .

Scope and Contents note

A list of payroll, school taxes, and general taxes

7

UNMARKED BOOK 1907-1910

Scope and Contents note

A list of businesses and their operating license numbers and the amount paid for the license.

8

DISBURSEMENTS 1907-1909

Scope and Contents note

A list of disbursements for various divisions of the City of Charlotte.

9

NATIONAL "R & L" INDEX COLORED undated

Scope and Contents note

A list of African-Americans buried in Pinewood Cemetery.

10

NATIONAL "R & L" INDEX WHITE undated

Scope and Contents note

A list of whites buried in Elmwood Cemetery

11

RECEIPTS 1907-1908

Scope and Contents note

A list of the lots sold in Pinewood and Elmwood cemeteries.

12

CITY OF CHARLOTTE 1917-1924

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for Charlotte.

13

LEDGER 1908-1909

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for city employees, etc

14

CASH BOOK 1906-1908

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for teachers and tuition.

15

LEDGER 1905-1911

Scope and Contents note

A listing of taxes, inspections, court cost and payments, and receipts for graves.

16

POLICE, FIRE AND HEALTH COMMISSION MAY 1, 1905

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for the Fire, Health, and Police departments.

17
Photographs-Prints

CASH BOOK, SCHOOLS 1911-1916

Scope and Contents note

A list of school appropriations.

18
Volume

RECEIPTS 1908-1909

Scope and Contents note

A list of City appropriations

19
Photographs-Prints

RECEIPTS 1914-1919

Scope and Contents note

A list of dog tags sold.

20
Volume

LEDGER 1905

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for the City of Charlotte

21

CITY OF CHARLOTTE TREASURER'S OFFICE LEDGER 1895-1900

Scope and Contents note

A list of appropriations for several city departments.

22

JOURNAL 1890-1895

Scope and Contents note

A companion to volume 22. Includes a list of appropriations for several city departments.

23

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Series 3: PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS (PL) circa 1853-circa 1953

Scope and Contents note

This series contains photographs of 33 mayors who served during the period between 1853 and 1953 and 8 city commissioners who served between 1917 and 1929. [NOTE: mayoral photographs organized chronologi¬cally; city commissioner photographs organized alphabetically].

Box
PL4
Box Folder

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--MAYORS circa 1853-circa 1869

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints of the following: William F. Davidson (P127/1); Robert F. Davidson, 1862-63 (PL127/2); H. M Pritchard, 1865-66, 1868-69 (PL127/3); F. W. Aherns, 1867-68 (PL127/4); and Clement Dowd, 1869-71 (PL127/5).

PL4 1

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--MAYORS circa 1875-circa 1883

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints (PL127/6-10) of the following: William Johnson, 1875-78, 1884-87 (PL127/6); B. Rush Smith, 1878-79 (PL127/7); F. I. Osborne, 1879-80 (PL127/8); F. S. DeWolfe, 1880-83 (PL127/9); and W. C. Maxwell, 1883-84 (PL127/10).

PL4 2

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--MAYORS ca. 1887-ca. 1911 includes prints (PL127/11-15) of the following: F. B. McDowell, 1887-91 (PL127/11); R. J. Brevard, 1891-95 (PL127/12); J. H. Weddington, 1895-97 (PL127/13); Peter Marshall Brown, 1901-05 (PL127/14); and Charles A. Bland, 1911-15 (PL127/15).

PL4 3

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--MAYORS circa 1920-circa 1927

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints (PL127/16-20) of the following: John M. Wilson, 1920-21 (PL127/16); James O. Walker, 1921-24 (PL127/17); Harvey Wilson Moore, 1924-26 (PL127/18); D. M. Abernathy, 1926-27 (PL127/19); and F. Marion Redd, 1927-29 (PL127/20)

PL4 4

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--MAYORS circa 1929-circa 1953

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints (PL127/21-25) of the following: George E. Wilson, 1929-31 (PL127/21); Charles E. Lambeth, 1931-33 (PL127/22); Ben E. Douglas, 1935-41 (PL127/23); Victor Shaw, 1949-53 (PL127/24); and Phil Van Every, 1953-57 (PL127/25).

PL4 5

PHOTOGRAPHS--LARGE PRINTS--CITY COMMISSIONERS circa 1917-circa 1925

Scope and Contents note

Includes prints (PL127/26-33) of the following commissioners: D. M. Abernathy, 1918-19, 1926-27 (PL127/26); Robert L. Brown, 1927-29 (PL127/27); James E. Huneycutt, 1921-23 (PL127/28); R. Horace Moore, 1917-18 (PL127/29); George A. Page, 1919-21 (PL127/30); W. R. Robertson, 1925-29 (PL127/31); W. S. Stancill, 1921-27 (PL127/32); and N. Wilson Wallace, 1923-25 (PL127/33).

PL4 6

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