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University Research Park Collection

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University Research Park Collection

University Research Park collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
University Research Park (N.C.).
University Research Park collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1966-1987
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet
Files documenting the creation and operation of the University Research Park, established in northeast Charlotte in 1966 as a research and development park for business and industry. Includes correspondence, board minutes, financial and legal records, and information on marketing strategies and tenant firms. Also includes interviews with the park's early leaders and other material relating to the published history of the park, University Research Park (1988), by Dean W. Colvard.

Preferred Citation note

University Research Park Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Located in northeast Charlotte near UNCC, University Research Park, Inc. was created in 1966 as a non-profit corporation established to provide the "proper setting and atmosphere to give birth to the new ideas and techniques that will lead Charlotte into the future" (brochure, 1968). Sponsored and initiated by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to promote and develop a research and development park for business corporations, the project draws its officers and directors primarily from the local business community. Tenants have included AT&T, Allstate, American Express, Dow Jones, Duke Power, IBM, and Southern Bell. [NOTE: For a detailed history of University Research Park, see University Research Park: The First Twenty Years (1988)]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection reflects the growth and development of the research park and its environs, notably University Place. Material includes correspondence, board minutes, and subject files that include financial and legal information, marketing strategies, and tenants, and information about the URP's published history, University Research Park (1988).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1990

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.

Processing Information note

Processed by Johanna Mims, 1990.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University Research Park (N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)


  • Research parks--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1966-1987 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence concerning the URP, arranged chronologically. Includes information on proposal and creation (1966); incorporation (1967); tenant solicitation (1968); Harris Boulevard extension (1977-81); IBM (1978); water and sewer (1979); presentation to Charlotte City Council (5-14-79); residential development (1979-81); "North Carolina Research Crescent Proposal" (7-13-79); Verbatim (6-5-80); Dow Jones (5-6-81); zoning and subdivision ordinance revisions (11-16-81); letter from Governor James B. Hunt Jr. (5-5-83); Southern Bell (3-11-84); and history (1986).


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 Series 2 Minutes 1966-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised primarily minutes of the board of directors. Includes organizational meeting of Park Development, Inc. (11-29-66), predecessor of URP. Arranged chronologically.


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 Series 3 Subject files 1966-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes information about URP tenants, University Place, University Hospital, annexation, finances, marketing, publicity, and legal documentation. Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

Allstate 1972-1973 

2 1

Annexation 1986 

2 2

Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws 1966-1987 

2 3

Automatic Data Processing South 1980 

2 4

Board Members 1966-1986 

2 5

Brochures 1967-1984, undated 

2 6

Charlotte Motor Speedway 1987 

2 7

Collins & Aikman 1986 

2 8

Conference Center 1979-1980 

2 9

Financial Reports 1967-1984 

2 10

Harris Boulevard 1968-1981 

2 11-12

International Business Machines 1970-1981, undated 

2 13

Legal documentation 1967-1986 

2 14

Marketing 1977-1980, undated 

2 15

Microelectronics Center of NC 1981-1987, undated 

2 16

Philip Morris U.S.A. 1986 

2 17

Publicity 1966-1987 

Scope and Contents note

Newspaper clippings, magazine and journal articles, and news releases.

2 18

University Business Incubator Center 1987, undated 

2 19

University Hospital 1986-1987 

2 20

University Place 1979-1986, undated 

2 21

UNOCAL [Union Oil of California] 1980-1986 

2 22

Verbatim 1980-1986 

2 23

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 Series 4 Book 1979-1988 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains material related to the published history of the URP, University Research Park (1988). Includes interviews by and notes of D. W. Colvard in researching and compiling information for the book.

Box Folder

Interviews--Transcripts 1979-1983 

Scope and Contents note

Transcripts of Colvard's interviews with Claude Freeman, Seddon "Rusty" Goode, W. T. Harris, J. Norman Pease Jr., John A. (Jack) Tate, and David Taylor.

2 25

Notes 1984, 1988, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes dust jacket.

2 24

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